Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Comments by PeerX

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  • Many clinicians have an implicit based thought process about the world, Good, Evil, Well, Unwell, Sick, Sane, Educated, Uneducated.

    As soon as you step outside of these heuristics, you start to see push back from them, even hostility.

    The main thing to realize is that people get afraid of what they don’t understand. At the heart of many clinicians is the fear that something will happen to someone and that it will be the clinicians fault.

    The clinicians do care about people a great deal, but they don’t realize that they can’t control people and therefore they aren’t responsible for a persons illness.

    The authority that you took on in your treatment is what better looks like. Because the key note is that you didn’t do it alone. You were able to talk about it.

    Taking authority in your life but with the support of others like yourself, was something that got me better and for the first time feeling like my depression was gone.

    It hasn’t returned in the same way since. There are bad days, but I feel like once I felt like I could do more, I did more.

    I wish you luck on your journey stephen

  • If anyone can be a Peer, then in theory professionals are not needed. I am have seen quite a few arguments on the debate of clients helping clients, professionals helping clients, clients being professionals, and the debates of recovery.

    Many of these arguments focus on what isn’t needed and this is the problem with the clinical mindset. It’s one of subtraction, of loss and dysfunction.

    Positive growth requires people to look forward within themselves for the solution. The protestant revival happened when people realized they could find inner peace within themselves.

    Many aspects of the clinical system has become more religion then science. At some point we lost reason in the fact that people are not sick nor are they well. People are simply people whose judgements need to be on par with their values.

    These are not people that need to be diagnosed they need to be treated with care by being empowered in seeing what they can do and them self searching to find it.

    No clinician can tell a client who they are but they can listen. But if we want people to truly get better, then we have to build communities that help people get better.

    Almost all of the therapeutic interventions used came from AA support groups but you don’t hear about that. Many of the practices and evidence based standards came from Peer non profit movements such as the therapeutic community model, the peer run respites and emergency services, such as the rose house in New York, the client centered approaches, group therapy and the idea of learning from each other as a method to empower.

    I just don’t see how all of this can be denied and that it can be declared that Peers have or will make people more sick than the clinical system already has.

    Tell me how it is that the clinical system has succeeded in many of the same ways? Because I have not met a single person that has gotten better from the traditional clinical system other than through groups and self searching.

    Therapy has been a substitute for the community and acceptance people long for.

    I hope clinicians will see that some day.

  • I am a Peer Specialist. There aren’t a lot of us, nor a lot of people signing up to be one. The many are called few are chosen aspect comes to mind.

    I work with the clients that clinicians have declared “code red” because the clinicians believe these clients may become violent at any second. I have been working with the clients that fail traditional treatment and short of dropping them, no one has any answers.

    The funny part is that I have helped every individual that I worked with get better to the point of recovery and functionality.

    Recovery is the point at which you bounce back to where you were prior to the lapse of sanity but it is the start rather than the end. I work with clients in this stage as well.

    If you would like to believe that harm comes from Peers, I can tell you without a doubt that I have never seen it. It takes a compassionate person that truly care to want to do this job.

    Every day though, I have to watch the clinicians badger the clients, disregard them, fail to understand the clients or most importantly, see the clients as human beings.

    I was segregated when I started this job, and to this day I am told that I am nothing but cheap labor by the senior staff. I have to maintain my compose as they refer to the clients as zoo animals.

    I worked with one client that was told constantly what he could not, or would not ever be able to do and I showed him what he could do. Do you really believe that a clinician could tell a client what they could do without the clinician ever having been there themselves?

    The clinicians see mental illness as some tendency towards depravity. I work accross the center with all different kinds of clients and many of these “depraved” clients say the most profound and beautiful things if the clinicians would just listen to them.

    A client once told me that he knew that he saw the beauty in the world that others did not because he knew the level of sacrifice that had to happen for it to exist.

    In a nut shell, without knowing and understanding the struggle, by listening to the clients, respecting them, and valuing them, how can you ask them to respect and value you?

    Tomorrow I will have my ideas for innovation stolen, the credit for any success that i’ve had taken by other people, and still ignored because the better I do in this job, the worse off I am treated. If you believe that is easy then try it yourself, volunteer at a clinic that doesn’t know you as a person with a self declared illness.

    I believe if clinicians worked along side peers as part of their training and understanding of the clients, then maybe a clinicians willingness to learn would be there salvation and education would not become the status quo of sanity and wellness.

  • I am not sure what my job title is these days. I am 27 and I am a Peer to both the Professionals and to the clients I serve.

    A professional is someone that processes and oath. They enter the professional field knowing the code of conduct and vowing to never break that code.

    I watch daily as many green professionals go through a mantra of techniques like a door to door salesmen. The client has heard it all before. The professional has said it all before.

    In this way therapy becomes codependent for both sides from what I have observed. More than that, many clinicians spend more time going through the motions then to truly be authentic.

    I find clinicians to be a curiosity, in all honesty, I don’t hate clinicians or professionals, I just don’t understand them because they seem to be afraid of authentic human connections.

    I see a lot of potential in the people I work with, but I also see them spending more time on the false notion of competing than on learning from their surroundings.

    The professional is the man/woman that has mastered the art of learning from all sides. Education does not make one a professional, the inspiration from education to pursue a life long growth in this field is the vow of the professional.