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Beyond Recovery, Part 1…

Last evening, Julie, a regular commenter here at Coming Out Crazy sent me a notice from The Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery.

She alerted me to a workshop this Saturday, April 9. I would like to attend, but cannot.

“It’s a WRAP”…

However, I heard the keynote speaker Stephen Pocklington a few years ago at a conference on “International Recovery Perspectives: Action on Alternatives.” Here’s what I recall about his presentation called “It’s a Wrap.”

At that time, Pocklington was the executive director of  The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery in Chandler, Arizona, founded by Mary Ellen Copeland.

A new direction…

Now, he’s branched off on his own and started a new organization called Well Beyond Recovery, Tools and Ideas for Welcoming Change.

Transforming the way see perceive wellbeing…

Pocklington is working to change the way we think about wellbeing. To prevention. Good for him. Part of that initiative is the workshop he’s offering this weekend called The Art of Facilitating Self-Determination.

According to his website, that’s defined as:

inspiring people and equipping them to make informed transformative choices. However, in the end, becoming a Facilitator of Self-Determination is a matter of whom we choose to become, rather than a matter of special skill sets or techniques we acquire. We offer simple tools and ideas that anyone can use while their inner facilitator emerges.

Interesting language…

So much of recovery is in the way we frame our ideas. My understanding of recovery is constantly changing all the time as I learn more.

Obviously, he’s reconfigured his approach. Good. Surely though, it’s still about hope. The ability to live well in the presence or absence of one’s emotional health difficulties.

What does “living well” mean for you?

In my emotional health advocacy, that’s what I’m trying to do, too. Still, each of us with an emotional health issue needs to define what “living well” means. It’s personal. That definition can and often does change. It keeps on changing for me all the time and can include a range of different approaches.

Pocklington brought one of those approaches to life in his inspiring presentation on WRAP, which is an acronym for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. His current biography doesn’t mention all his years working with this program. Surely its influences are strong in his new venture.

Taking personal responsibility for your emotional health…

WRAP is all about taking personal responsibility for your emotional health by engaging with others who can be your support system. You design a personal maintenance plan or “advance directive” for your own ongoing emotional wellbeing. There are WRAP groups all over North America. During the first week of August, WRAP is sponsoring a three-day world conference in Philadelphia.

Pocklington owes a great deal of his understanding about recovery to Copeland who asked  him to assume leadership of her Center a number of years ago. His new venture is also headquartered in Chandler.

WRAP is all about sharing stories. Learning to tell your story and like who you are while you’re telling it.

To be continued…

Beyond Recovery, Part 1…

Sandy Naiman

Sandy Naiman is a Toronto freelance journalist.

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