New Training Opportunity: Creating Connections through Communication

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Presented by Gina Calhoun

We have incredible new engagement strategies in our mental health system today!  Sometimes we forget about the basics.  This workshop will focus on moving beyond the traditional provider ‘roles' and toward relationships.

We will begin with examining the phases supportive relationships may go through and how these relational phases are influenced by where a person is in their journey of recovery.  We will move on to discuss and practice helpful skills as you build relationship and walk with a person toward the endless possibilities of recovery.

This workshop is structured to be a mutual learning experience with a combination of education, discussion and processing. If part of your job is connecting one/one, this workshop offers a great refresher and we may all learn something new.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1.    Discuss strategies to enter a relationship fully present and leading with curiosity.
2.    Examine the four phases of supportive relationships.
3.    Explore the Process of Recovery and helpful engagement tools for each stage

Gina Calhoun works for the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery as National Director of Wellness & Recovery Education. Previously she worked for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She is a certified peer support specialist and has had the opportunity to be part of 18 certified peer specialist trainings, 7 certified peer specialist supervisor trainings and over 75 WRAP® trainings.

Gina's unique experience centers around Harrisburg State Hospital (HSH). She used the services at Harrisburg State Hospital for several years before escaping to live on the streets. Gina came back to offer peer support during the closing of HSH and on October 23, 2010 she was married in the hospital chapel. She attributes her recovery journey to supportive relationships that choose to focus on ‘what's strong' instead of ‘what's wrong'; and for the opportunity to work in a supportive environment where she is part of a team making a difference in PA. Gina was awarded the Distinguished Advocates Award from the PA Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services, chosen as the PA state representative for the National Pillars of Peer Support Summit and had the honor to be the keynote speaker for the National Veteran's Conference as well as the National Association of Peer Specialist Conference.

In March 2012, Gina won the Timothy J. Coakley Behavioral Health Leadership Award. This award honors consumer and family leaders in the behavioral health field whose work is characterized by the highest degree of integrity and a passion for creative approaches for improving the lives of persons living with mental illnesses, especially in the public sector.

The Copeland Center is happy to be able to offer this one-day training. If you are interested in bringing it to your organization, please email [email protected]