Recovery Education

2017 Program Flyer

2017 Program Flyer

MHAV recovery education, created to help individuals who have experienced challenges with trauma, mental health or addiction, incorporates recovery principles, encourages self-empowerment and models peer support practices. These educational programs take place in comfortable retreat settings and provide opportunities for self-reflection and positive social support. Participants have an opportunity to network with their peers, share their recovery experiences and learn from one another in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Virginia residents are eligible to receive a full scholarship, supported by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, to any number of our educational programs. The scholarship covers tuition, lodging and meals for the duration of the retreat.

Please assess your readiness to fully participate in one of our educational programs by answering the following questions:

  • Are you ready to travel on your own?
  • Are you comfortable sharing a room with someone you do not know?
  • Do you have the stamina to participate in a full day of classroom activities?
  • Are you able to work collaboratively with others in small groups?
  • Are there any issues that would prevent you from learning at this time?
  • Are you familiar with recovery principles, and if so, how have you put them into practice in your own life?
  • What are your personal strengths that you bring to this educational experience?

Start learning more about recovery and resiliency today! 

Please contact us to ask how we can customize our programs and bring them to you! 

MandalaMHAV has created new modules to help peer recovery specialists, direct service providers, or any caretaker who has felt a struggle with diminishing feelings of compassion towards their charge:

Compassion Fatigue and the Caretaker:
In this training, explore what might be a sign of compassion fatigue; what you can do to alleviate such feelings and rediscover joy in helping others by helping yourself first.

Arts as Healing:
Create an intentional community, or use art intentionally to heal yourself. This fun module teaches movement, drumming and mandala art for more than just coloring fun. Join with others to express your inner child and explore how mindfulness is achieved through creativity.

 


CELT

Consumer Empowerment Leadership TrainingConsumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT), MHAV’s flagship educational program, is four days of workshops designed to give mental health consumers important tools for successful leadership and the skills to make your voice heard. This retreat is designed for those that are further along in their recovery and are contemplating involvement in their communities or in the workforce. Many organizations, facilities and localities are seeking consumers to join their boards, committees, and work groups to improve mental health services and focus on high quality services. Community Service Boards and local Human Rights Committees are required by Virginia law to include consumers in their activities.

Topics include: Conflict resolution, cultural competency, trauma awareness, history of the mental health consumer movement

 Schedule:

  • Apr 24-27, 2017 – Harrisonburg
  • June 26-29, 2017 – Salem
  • Sep 11-14, 2017 – Spring Grove (Surry County)

CELT applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic

Apply Now!

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $500 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


Advocacy

MHAV’s Advocacy program is three days of workshops on advocacy at the state policy level and hands-on advocacy experience at the legislature to promote consumer civic engagement. The retreat focuses on skills and tools that build confidence, encourage participation and speaking in public. The program format is two days in class and a morning at the General Assembly in Richmond, meeting legislators and advocating together for mental health awareness.

Topics include: Creating your message, speaking with your legislator

 Schedule:

  • Feb 6-8, 2017 – Richmond

Advocacy applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery (if applicable) and qualities in a group dynamic

Apply Now!

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $400 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


Facilitator Skills Training

Facilitator Skills Training allows working and aspiring peer support specialists to learn the art of facilitation. Through this training, participants will learn and develop the skills necessary to effectively facilitate and tailor a training to any audience.

Topics include: Styles of learning, effective facilitation, public speaking, conflict resolution

Schedule:

  • Nov 6-8, 2017 – Madison

Facilitator Skills Training applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the Facilitator Training application, self-assessment and essay questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to your leadership and/or facilitation skills

Apply Now!

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $400 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


Roots of Resiliency Workshops

The Roots of Resiliency workshop encourages participants to recover their resiliency with mindfulness, self compassion and authentic expression through movement, music and the arts.

Root of Resiliency workshop applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic
  4. Have their own transportation (Lodging not included)

Apply Now!

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $75 which includes tuition & meals.


Quest

quest_logo_colorQuest is a three day program geared towards people who are newer to recovery, and interested in exploring individual transformation. The short workshops are a good introduction to the more in-depth sessions of our other educational programs and will guide individuals through activities that respect self-determination, connect with the recovery community, and explore personal needs & potential. This retreat includes a physical challenge on the second day that facilitates team-building and goal-planning on the individual level and as a group.

Topics include: Goal setting, recovery tools

Quest applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic

Apply Now!

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $400 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


Workforce Re-Entry

Workforce Re-Entry is a new program intended for the CELT graduate. This three-day retreat-style program will focus on the soft skills you need to find a job, to present yourself to a potential employer, or to understand dynamics in the workplace. This retreat is especially intended for our peers in recovery, and who may not have held full-time employment for some time. Learn tips to make your resume compelling and relevant, learn to take care of yourself in the modern workplace, and gain some tools to deal with pre-interview anxiety. We will explore all of these, and practice interview techniques including what questions to ask the interviewer.

Topics include: Building a resume, navigating the interview process, dealing with stress and conflict in the workplace

Workforce Re-Entry applicant requirements:

  1. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  2. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  3. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $400 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


Pathfinders

PathfindersPathfinders is an educational program for veterans and service members of the military. This retreat is three days long and focuses on trust, self-care, healing from trauma, and intentional and effective peer support. This program provides veterans with the tools necessary to serve as change agents in their community, effectively advocate for self and others, participate in system reform, and educate policy makers.

Topics include:  Relationship building, cultural competency, trauma awareness

Pathfinders applicant requirements:

  1. Must be a veteran or service member
  2. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  3. Proof of Virginia residency (for scholarship applicants only)
  4. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic

Total cost for those who do not qualify for a scholarship or choose to self-pay is $400 which includes tuition, meals, & lodging.


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