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“Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used…”

Policy paper published

Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used to Promote Recovery for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction Disorders (Download Paper)

A collaboration between PPAL (Parent/Professional Advocacy League), MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery) and The Transformation Center.  “Sticks and Stones” draws on the passionate views of young adults, family members, people in recovery and consumers to help us think about a new way to talk about co-occurring mental health and addiction.

Excerpts:

The term ‘persons in treatment’ emerged from the focus groups as a term youth and young adults identify with because it shows strength for seeking treatment, doesn’t have specific stigmas attached, and gives space to other aspects of life.
By using language to empower, we can change the conversation from one of discouragement into one of hope.  We can create a common language that builds a sense of belonging without removing the diversity of experience.

Black in Boston & Interested in Mental Health and Healing?

Wednesday January 24 from 11:30-1:30pm

Blacks United in Recovery is holding an information session at The Transformation Center for Blacks in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

Consider joining our Advisory Council to help decision-makers better understand what people need and want to improve their mental health and improve access to healthcare services that work. Participants attending the 2 hour meeting once each month will receive a $20 VISA gift card.

IF you are Black in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan and concerned about healthcare and policy (as a community leader, a person with lived experience of recovery from mental health issues, trauma or addiction or a friend or family member of someone with lived experience) YOU are invited to join healthcare researchers and policy makers to affect change in healthcare practices and public policy for both providers and people served.

The Advisory Council is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  For a description of the project go to PCORI link. The grant helps The Transformation Center support Blacks to consider their needs and explore research questions that could make a difference to their local communities.

 

 

CVG in Bedford WAIT LIST registration only

Thursday, December 7

Registration is full for our first Community Voice Gathering of the winter season at Bedford Free Library.    We encourage you to register for the WAIT LIST as we may have cancelations and we want to know how much interest there is for planning future CVGs.

WAIT LIST ONLY Registration
This is an interactive gathering, space limited to the first 35 who register.

  • Foster peer-to-peer connections through Recovery Out Loud mutual learning activities
  • Explore the Certified Peer Support Code of Ethics
  • Add your voice to recommendations for CPS continuing education based on the Emerging Consensus Statement
  • Address challenges of Access & Inclusion to peer support.

Flyer

More about The Transformation Center’s Community Voice Initiative

5K Flight Results & Photos

A glorious day for our 6th Annual 5K Flight Peer Run/Walk for Mental Health & Recovery

You, our sponsors, volunteers and community members, made it possible!

People with mental health, trauma, and addiction histories face health challenges related to side effects from medications, poverty and lack of access to medical care.  Thanks to everyone for taking charge and caring for mind, body and spirit.

5K Race Results

Slide show featuring runners & walkers, dancers and more…

Registration open! CVG in Bedford

Thursday, December 7

Join us for our first Community Voice Gathering of the winter season!

Bedford Free Library

  • Foster peer-to-peer connections through Recovery Out Loud mutual learning activities
  • Explore the Certified Peer Support Code of Ethics
  • Add your voice to recommendations for CPS continuing education based on the Emerging Consensus Statement
  • Address challenges of Access & Inclusion to peer support.

Flyer

Registration (this is an interactive gathering, space limited to the first 35 who register)

More about The Transformation Center’s Community Voice Initiative

5K Flight Sunday Oct 1 – Jamaica Pond

CONFIRMED:  ASL & CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter)

Join us this Sunday at Jamaica Pond!

6th Annual Fundraiser 5K Flight Peer Run/Walk for Mental Health Recovery & Wellness

Sunday, October 1 @ Jamaica Pond

9:30 AM – Registration/Packet Pickup
10:30 AM – Inspirational Remarks
11:00 AM – Race/Walk Start

Flyer

Register for $25 at RaceMenu
or
Register for a Scholarship

Need more info?  Website     5KFlight@transformation-center.org    617-442-4111

 

Statehouse Presentation for Disability Mentoring Celebration

Thomas & Deborah presenting

MassPRA’s Optimizing Recovery and a Celebration of Disability Mentoring Month

October 4, 2017
10:00-2:00 at the MA Statehouse

Thomas Brown, TC Board member, will be setting a warm welcoming tone for this celebration.  Deborah Delman, Executive Director, will join a panel about the benefits of peer support volunteers and workers.

Download flyer for details