- Howie the Harp
- Joe Rogers: Self-Help
- Jim Rye: Human Rights
- Judi Chamberlin: Author
- Peter Ashenden: Self-Help
- David Gonzalez: Recovery
- Dan Fisher: Empowerment
- Shery Mead: Peer Support
- David Oaks: MindFreedom
- Celia Brown: Peer Specialist
- Julius Green: Peer Specialist
- Dwayne Mayes: Employment
- Mary Ellen Copeland: WRAP
- Larry Fricks: P.S. Certification
- Pat Deegan: Personal Medicine
- Harvey Rosenthal: Rehabilitation
- Eric Jackson: Author & Advocate
- Ron Bassman: Author & Educator
- Ron Schraiber: Well-Being Project
Hope and Transformation
Our Mission and Vision
For far too long people diagnosed with mental illness have been told that recovery for them is not possible. This has led to a system of services that are driven by treatment plans with an emphasis on diagnoses and symptomology, vs. recovery plans with an emphasis on skills and strengths.
The Recovery x-Change is a wellness management training partnership of peer specialists and providers committed to the belief that with the appropriate supports and resources recovery is possible for anyone. We have partnered with providers to create, design and customize recovery focused trainings tailored to meet your individual needs.
Our recovery consultants and trainers bring with them years of experience in both mental health and co-occuring substance abuse disorders. They include an LCSW, a certfied psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP) a certified WRAP trainer, and a certfied benefits specialist.
The Recovery x-Change logo was inspired by the belief that while medications may be helpful in the recovery process, they are only one facet of an integrated approach necessary for recovery and so our logo puts a recovery-focused spin on the traditional pharmaceutical symbol.
- The "x" identifies the need to x-terminate the belief that recovery is not possible,
- and the "Change" identifies the need to change the paradigm from "chronic" illness to lifelong wellness.
Recovery is not about finding a miracle cure or returning to how things used to be. It's about finding a happier, healthier, more sustainable life that recognizes the past, accepts the limitations of the present and is full of hope for the future. (Simon Heyes, Art of Recovery, 2005)
All of our training sessions are facilitated by experienced trainers who live recovery on a daily basis. Our mission is not to undermine or replace any existing service plans, but to enhance and compliment them with self-directed wellness management tools and techniques. We envision a day when the use of terms like "non-compliant" and "treatment resistant" will be replaced with the use of terms like person-centered and strengths-based. Our main objective is to inspire hope and the belief in recovery:
- Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities.
- For some recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability.
- For others recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms.
(President's New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health; Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America, Final Report, July 2003)
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