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Lisa Mojer-Torres Recovery Advocacy Award - 2013 Nomination Form
All nominees for this award must know they have been nominated and must agree to have their name be made public in connection with this Recovery Advocacy Award
We invite you to nominate a candidate for the Maine Recovery Communities' 3rd Annual Recovery Advocacy Award. We believe it is vital to uphold and celebrate the recovery advocacy movement and the pioneers who are part of the groundswell. Let us know who should be recognized in Maine for their efforts in the areas outlined below. You are helping us make recovery a visible community presence through your support!
This award will be presented to a Maine Recovery Advocate who works to reduce the stigma related to alcohol and drug addiction recovery - and who actively supports the development of a statewide recovery movement that includes all recovery pathways. Nominations must demonstrate the candidate is:
- working to reduce stigma related to alcohol and drug addiction recovery
- working to promote development of an inclusive recovery community
- been in recovery themselves or is a recovery ally
- engaged in specific recovery support efforts, for example educating about recovery and /or advocating on behalf of recovering people; promoting concepts related to ‘many pathways of recovery’; involvement in peer recovery models and initiatives
- collaborative and engaged in community partnerships to facilitate change
- contributing to these pioneering efforts through a variety of means
- If selected, by their acceptance of this award, they agree to be a public face for recovery advocacy
This award is named after Lisa Mojer‐Torres, JD who was a civil rights attorney and the Consumer and Recovery Advocate for the State of NJ. Lisa was also the leading national representative / advocate for people in medication assisted recovery, teaching that medications are an underused tool with which to combat active addiction. Her efforts challenged the national recovery advocacy movement to widen its doorways to include medication assisted recovery as a viable path. Lisa conducted numerous training presentations throughout Maine, inspiring recovery advocates connected to MAAR, Maine Recovery Communities Coalition and ARM‐ME, as well as other recovering people and allies.
**All nominees for this award must know that they have been nominated and must agree to have their name made public in connection with this Recovery Advocacy Award. **
**Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 22nd. **
Please send completed nomination forms to:
Helen O Paré, The Women's Project
510 Cumberland Ave., Maine 04101
The 2013 Annual HOPE Conference
Moving Forward Together: A Life Worth Living
Augusta Civic Center, Maine
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:00 am to 4 pm
Click on the link to register: http://hope2013.eventbrite.com/#
May Newsletter for MAAR
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE APRIL MAAR RECOVERY COACH ACADEMY GRADUATES!!
We are pleased to congratulate the 6 graduates of MAAR's Recovery Coach Training! The training was held this month in South Paris, Maine. These dedicated participants received an intense 30 hour training curriculum and now are ready to be peer supports for those in recovery! A warm thanks to Darren Ripley and co-facilitator Nancy Cormier for a successful training!!! Thank you all.
Please notify MAAR if you're interested in participating in the upcoming RECOVERY COACH ACADEMY TRAINING.
MAAR April NEWSLETTER
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The Women’s Addiction Services Council (WASC)
Hosts Annual Silver Tea at the Hall of Flags
Monday May 13th 2013, in Augusta, from 12:30pm to 3:00pm
The Women’s Addiction Services Council is a collaborative of Maine Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service providers, people in recovery and community members who network to make recovery treatment and support services available to women and their families. For over 25 years, WASC has been hosting the annual Silver Tea in May to celebrate women in recovery and to educate Maine leaders and citizens about the benefits of recovery within the lives of individuals, families and neighborhoods. WASC also honors the leadership demonstrated by recovering women who work in our communities to improve the lives of others who are struggling with problems related to alcohol & drugs.
The Women in Recovery Leadership Award is a celebration of these outstanding individuals. While we honor and support the women currently in treatment, this presentation is awarded to women with 5 or more years of recovery, whose efforts in their community provide strength and hope to others. We know that many of these leaders work quietly without recognition and we are proud to thank them for their service. This year’s 2013 awards will be presented at The Silver Tea at the Hall of Flags: Celebrating Women in Recovery on Monday, May 13th.
We are seeking nominations for this award and ask for your help in making recommendations and inviting others to do the same. We require that all women who are nominated be notified in advance of this form being completed. This award will be presented at a public ceremony at the Hall of Flags and nominees will need to agree to receive public recognition for their dedication.
Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to nominate a deserving woman for this award. Please comment on her leadership qualities by filling in the categories on the form below. Nominations will be accepted until April 16, 2013.
If you know the woman you are nominating from a specific experience, please be mindful of federal laws of confidentiality and do not mention this aspect of your acquaintance.
The link to the online nomination form can be found at:
The 2013 Annual HOPE Conference:
(Having Opportunities for Personal Empowerment)
Moving Forward Together: A Life Worth Living
A Statewide Recovery/Wellness Conference for Persons in Recovery from Addiction and Mental Health Conditions and Service Providers
Augusta Civic Center, Maine – May 21, 2013
CALL For PRESENTATIONS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), an Office of the DHHS, is looking for individuals in recovery from addiction and mental health conditions to present workshops at the annual HOPE: (Having Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Conference. The peer led conference committee is seeking individuals and groups to provide workshops that highlight skills, methods, programs and services, which are helpful in recovery. We are looking for innovative, creative, and interactive presentations to provide a new experience for participants.
This year’s theme is Moving Forward Together: A Life Worth Living
Do you have a talent, an insight, or a skill that has encouraged and supported your recovery and wellness? Many of us have experienced and/ or created ways of being that support our recovery and wellness. You may have helped run a self-help group, have experience teaching conflict resolution, peer support or building connections in your community through work, volunteering or a special skill or talent. Any peer or consumer is qualified to share those experiences in a workshop format at the conference. For our purposes, a peer is defined as a person who has received or is receiving mental health or addiction services and/or used peer support or holistic resources to support their recovery, and who feels a mental health illness or addiction has seriously impacted his or her life and relationships for an extended period of time. Any peer means you! Workshop proposals should reflect the conference theme.
To submit a proposal, please provide:
An outline for a 75-minute presentation that includes the following:
● Your name and contact information with a brief bio sketch
● The title of your presentation and which Track it pertains to
2-3 learning objectives of presentation
● Brief description of presentation (limit 2 pages)
● Why you would like to do a workshop at this conference?
1) Personal Wellness
2) Community Wellness
3) Supporting Wellness through Systems/Policies
Proposals must be received by March 1, 2013
Please mail these to: Recovery Support Services, SAMHS, 41 Anthony Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330 or email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Would You Prepare a Presentation? EASY!
Tips for new presenters:
First, you would think about things that have supported or encouraged your recovery. Then you would think about how to share that experience with others.
For Example: Work and Well-being
Having rewarding volunteer or paid work is a valuable tool for recovery. Work creates an opportunity to share experiences, connect to people and use your skills. Perhaps you started volunteering at the local animal shelter, then took a class to get certified as a vet tech, eventually finding a job that you like which has supported your journey in recovery. You could present your story about work, wellness and transformation and provide a resource list for connecting to jobs.
For Example: Getting Connected to a Community of Choice
Perhaps in the midst of recovery someone decided that they could participate in a once monthly knitting group at their local community center. As a workshop for the conference, the “knitter” may give history and background on their own process of recovery, explain steps they took to participate in a small knitters circle, and maybe even do an introductory knitting demonstration where people could participate. The end of the workshop would be a good time for participants to discuss other ways to reach out to join community groups, and ways to connect to others and form new friendships.
This conference event is designed for individuals in recovery, service providers, family members and community members to attend. The goals of the conference are for participants to gain a greater understanding of what recovery/wellness is from many paths and different perspectives on the journey of life. This conference will be a chance to learn from each other, network, and gain greater understanding about recovery and wellness.
You can use this checklist to make sure that your workshop meets the conference goals:
- Does my workshop offer an opportunity for others to grow and learn?
- Does my workshop introduce knowledge that others can apply in their own journey?
- Does my workshop provide resources for others?
- Does my workshop format accommodate different learning styles (visual, listening, interactive)?
- Does my workshop include my experience of recovery in relation to the topic I’m presenting?
The 2013 HOPE Conference is presented by SAMHS in collaboration with the Consumer Council System of Maine and the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery.
MAAR Upcoming Recovery Coach Training
We are pleased to announce that the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR) is offering a Recovery Coach Training for 2013 on April, 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th and 13th.
The training will be held at the REACH Office located at 1 East Main Street in South Paris. Lunch will be provided
Class promptly starts at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Please click on the following link to complete the registration. RC registration. The form must be completed and returned by March 29th, 2013.
For more information on Recovery Coaching click on the RC brochure or call us at 207.621.8118
RECOVERY COACH GRADUATES!
Congratulations to these 12 graduates of MAAR's Recovery Coach Training! This 30 hour training was held over the course of 5 days. Participants received an intense training curriculum that provided them with the necessary skills to be a competent recovery coach. What a great group of dedicated participants that are ready to be peer supports for those in recovery. It was an honor to spend the time with these people. Thank you all. A big thanks to my co-facilitator Nancy Cormier and thank you Dawn Mills!!! Yours in recovery, Darren
NEWS FROM SMART RECOVERY
PEER RECOVERY COACH TRAINING WITH MAAR
MAAR is ready to "kick off" it's first peer recovery coach 2013 training in January. MAAR will be utilizing the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) recovery coach model. This model has been used in other states and cities: Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Vermont and Philadelphia, PA with excellent results and outcomes reported. The training is 30 hours and focuses on the following: What is a Recovery Coach, Guiding Principles of Recovery, Distinguishing the Addiction Counselor/Recovery Coach and Sponsor/Guide, Stages of Recovery, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, Pathways to Recovery, Cultural Competence, Privilege and Power, Spirituality and Religion, Resources and Programs, Researching Resources, Keeping up with Changes, Boundary Issues, Self-Care, Recovery Wellness Plan, Respectful Model, Professional Development, Listening and Communication Skills, Building Skills to Enhance Relationships, Values and Differences, Transference/Counter Transference, Telling your own story, Issues of Self-Disclosure, Referral Skills, Sexual Harassment and Crisis Intervention. This is an intense yet interactive training with role plays and case studies.
Peer Recovery Coaching is not a clinical role. It is a peer recovery support service to assist those in both early and long term recovery. Peer recovery support services are clearly defined in ways that differentiate them from professional treatment services.
MAAR's objective is to train peers to be recovery coaches throughout the State of Maine in all geographical areas. MAAR will continue to utilize CCAR's model. Training cost are minimal, considering the amount of information one is able to take with them after the training. The links below will show data and information in regards to peer recovery coaching and peer based recovery supports. FMI contact Darren Ripley, MAAR Coordinator @ 621-8118
MAAR is seeking facilitators for SMART Recovery groups in the following areas: Waterville, Skowhegan and Lewiston/Auburn. This is a 30 hour online training that will be paid by MAAR. If you are interested in starting a SMART Recovery meeting and would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact Darren @458-4366. To learn more about SMART go to www.smartrecovery.org
Photos from the Ride for Recovery- Ride for Recovery 2012 Slide Show
The 4th Annual Recovery Retreat: A Day of Healing & Celebration Saturday September 15, 2012. This event will take place at UMA-Randall Technology Center. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 7. The event is free and lunch is provided. To register contact adcare either by email at email@example.com or phone 207-621-2549
Bangor Area Recovery Community Coalition 5th Annual Summit on Addiction Recovery September 26. FMI: 5th annual summit
- RECOVERING WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP TRAINING SEPTEMBER 21-23 IN ELLSWORTH.
For more information or to sign up for this event click on the following link: Recovering Womens Leadership Training
- Congratulations to Mary Henry 2012 Women In Recovery Leadership Award Recipient!!!
At the Women's Addiction Service Council Silver Tea in May, Mary Henry was selected as the recipient of the 2012 award for her personal commitment, dedication and performance within the recovery community. Mary is in long term recovery with over 26 years without a drink or drug.
Mary's recovery involved volunteering from the very beginning. She set up meetings, emptied ashtrays, made coffee, and after time chaired meetings. When she was two years sober Mary started volunteering with incarcerated women. That was in 1988 and she hasn't stopped bringing meetings into jail since. Mary works with women to transition back into their communities. She has developed a 12-step, 12 week workshop for women which she brings to incarcerated women and recovering women in her community.
She is a sponsor and has a strong reputation for being direct, compassionate, insightful and extremely knowledgeable about recovery. Mary is a member of the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and a trainer for the Women's Leadership Training Institute. She has completed her recovery coach training and is a Spiritual Director having completed her training with Mercy Center in Colorado Springs. Mary has written recovery articles for the Bangor Daily News and most recently had an article in the magazine "Church Executive" that explored aspects of being a minister's wife.
Mary is married to the Rev. Dr. David Henry and has two daughters, Kelly and Robyn. Although she is involved with volunteer work she admits her primary focus outside of her own recovery is her family. She feels her greatest legacy will be her two daughters.
"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference through my recovery in the next generation. Because of my recovery my children have tools for life that I never had at their age. My recovery made it possible for them to grow up with confidence, a great sense of self-worth, a responsibility to be of service to others and a deep faith. What more could I ask for?"