Woensdag. The bubble

Vandaag luisterde de gehele groep naar de levensverhalen van vier mensen met ‘lived experience’. Het waren heftige verhalen over dakloosheid, verslaving aan crack, psychische problemen, huiselijk geweld en het verlies van dierbaren. Maar het waren uiteindelijk verhalen over hoop en het grijpen van kansen. Alle vier gebruiken hun moeilijke ervaringen om anderen te helpen. Onder andere door hun levensverhaal te vertellen. Ze vertelden niet alleen hun verhaal, maar ook hun overtuigingen zoals: “We are as sick as our secrets” “Good things come from bad things” “Things happen for a reason”. Het behandelen van psychische ziekten gaat over meer dan medicijnen en stabileseren, het gaat volgens hen over recovery (herstel). Die weg is voor iedereen anders: ” You have to do it your own way”.


Tuesday. Howie the Harp. Lecture by Mike Lesser

Howie the Harp/ Community Access
Educationcenter for certified peer specialist (CPS).
Lecture by Mike Lesser

Today Alef, Barbara and Floris visited Howie the Harp. There people follow an intensive program to become a CPS. This morning Mike Lesser gave a lecture about listening powerfully and later concepts of comorbidity in the treatment of individuals with mental and addictive disorders. He did this with so much passion and enthusiasm and also the whole classroom was very motivated and interested.

During this program peers learn about the WRAP, relapse prevention, motivational interviewing techniques and everything else necessary to become a qualified peerguide. The course is 5 days a week from 9 to 5 for 6 months after which you have to work for a period. After that you can call yourself a CPS.

Today was about active powerful listening: for a peer that means: don’t be superior, don’t correct, don’t give advise, don’t try to comfort or hug: JUST LISTEN!

-Watch your urge to fix other peoples problems
-don’t: let me tell you what’s wrong with you
Correcting doesn’t work, it’s not effective
-do: build up strength
-be interested, it’s a way of BEING
-learning to listen is like learning how to meditate
-being listened to powerfully is so unfamiliar it’s annoying.
-don’t resist somebody’s resistance, e.g. it’s healthy to resist medication. You should at least try to stop once, to see if it really works or not.

After the break we talked about DSM and the interaction with addiction on every axis (1 to5). Most important for a CPS: you should burn DSM. It’s about the person and what happened (in the past). Psychiatry is not a science, it’s art!

To summerise the whole morning: it was very impressive. High level education which is useful and necessary for support, recovery and empowerment of people with psychiatric difficulties, as well here in New York as in Holland.

Video over Mike Lesser

First post:

The very first MoleMann Tielens Empowerment Tour will take place from September 14th- 22nd, 2013. This “learning experience” will be organised by Rokus Loopik. See his link on the right for more information. Preparation for the trip is now in full effect. Stay tuned for more information.

The mission of the MoleMann Tielens Empowerment Tour 2013 is very simple:

Building and developing individual recovery through mutual inspiration and ultimately taking proven ideas from the United States of Amsterica back to Amsterdam. Taking the concept of recovery to the next level, in other words: mental health 2.0. Consumer run initiatives and empowerment are hot items in the field of mental health in the United States of America, and we feel it should also be more acknowledged in Holland.

This very first MoleMann Tielens Empowerment Tour is yet another step towards implementing this way of treating people with emotional distress alongside “regular psychiatric treatment” within the facilities of MoleMann Tielens.

If you feel inspired by our cause, and want to help out in any way, please contact us.
We will get back to you.