Betsy Coble - Update on our Addiction Recovery Coach District Grant
Betsy Coble
Betsy was introduced by Michelle Buck who acknowledged all the work Betsy has done to keep our grant moving forward.  Kudos to Betsy
Betsy reminded us that the $6,000 grant [$3,000 coming from our club's charities funds, and $3,000 coming from The Rotary Foundation] is being used to help educated Recovery Coaches who will be working in the the Emergency Department at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  We are providing funds to support courses that every recovery coach must take to be certified to work with patients.
To date, we have funded one course that covers HIV/AIDS (November 3).  In December (December 13) there will be a course that covers motivational interviewing.  This course is full and has a waiting list.

From Wikipedia: There are four overlapping processes that comprise Motivational Interviewing: engaging, focusing, evoking and planning. They are both sequential and recursive, and often depicted in diagrams as stair steps, with engaging at the bottom as the first step.

  1. Engaging: the process of establishing a working relationship based on trust and respect. The client should be doing most of the talking, as the counselor utilizes the skill of reflective listening throughout the process. Both the client and counselor make an agreement on treatment goals and on collaborate the tasks that will help the client reach those goals.
  2. Focusing: the ongoing process of seeking and maintaining direction.[12]
  3. Evoking: eliciting the client's own motivations for change, while evoking hope and confidence.
  4. Planning: involves the client making a commitment to change, and together with the counselor, developing a specific plan of action.
The grant money is to be spent by 15 May.  We will be asking a graduate of the program to come and tell us about their educational experience.