By observing someone else's facilitation style it gave me ideas on how to improve on my own mentoring abilities. The group was discussion-based with no handouts or note-taking necessary. I think it was very relaxing for the clients they were able to relate the discussion to personal experiences. I will try to focus on having more discussion-based groups in order to have a more laid-back setting and to get even more participation.
Also, I participated in a coalition meeting. We discussed recovery and addiction. Groups are forming to develop some type of peer specialist for addiction and recovery, like mental illness, I am very excited about this new approach to recovery. I do not have a substance abuse concern, however, dual diagnosis or a combination of mental illness and substance abuse is a major concern.
To learn more about schizophrenia go to Embracing My Mind, Inc., the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (Canada).