July 13, 2013
The Integrative Cultural Competency Training for Counselors turned out to be an absolutely well organized, highly interactive informative journey that engaged all audience participants. Beginning with a clear set of training goals followed by a delicious ice breaker “If you could eat only one food the rest of your life what would it be?” that made us all equally hungry for the delicious treats provided by the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium and the knowledge that was about to be shared.
Before we get to participant’s response – let’s set the stage with the presenters requesting permission from Peace Health South West’s Health Education Department to hold a 10 to 15 minute Drumming and Smudging Circle by the water area. When no solid answer was found the wonderfully helpful operators at Peace Health directed us to the marketing department who informed us that she would need to call security! She was so kind to respond quickly with a disappointing no. The marketing department’s had very good reasons – the size of our group was thirty-seven or more participants – who may slow down emergency vehicles should there be one – we would be located right beneath the patients in the tower which may cause a disruption and more importantly they would have liked more time than the day of to prepare staff and security.
It was all agreed they were all very good reasons. Still – the blessings that come from such a spiritual space were palpable by all of us. The hunger for a full blessing among us compelled us to see what was located on the East side of the Peace Health building and across the street. We asked security who initially responded with No. Then kindly retracted and stated that they could not tell us no – it would be up to The Marketing Department. We called – we paged on more than one occasion but no response so as the clock ticked off to 9:15 we began our path to the East across the street. Blessings spilled upon all of us despite the sound of at least three dogs barking and one remote control car buzzing in the street near us. “We are in their space” one beautiful participant stated as we took in the palpable blessings that come from the beautiful songs, sounds and essence.
Back inside participants one food consisted of: cherries, hamburger, potatoes, flat bread, sushi, chocolate, zucchini, chocolate zucchini, chili, chicken, pasta, elk, corn, apples, salmon, cheeseburgers, smoked salmon, more chicken, vegetables, fruit yogurt, Asia Berry, Mexican food – after being pressed for which one – Toquitos was the response, pepperoni sticks, ceviche, more past, Snickers bars, soup?, hot fudge Sundays, avocado, fried chicken, ice cream with whipped cream, shrimp, more chicken, rice, baked potatoes, spicy tuna rolls, Reuben, tuna fish, bread and finally someone mentioned pizza to which everyone was officially made hungry!
The presenters of Cowlitz Tribal were also absolutely generous too – we the participants were generously gifted: a pen, a note pad, a mini calendar, a pouch, a key holder, and hand sanitizer! Plus during the presentation we were provided with colored pencils to doodle but only if we could multitask, Play dough, and tons of candies – even chocolate!!! Kit Kats, Hershey Bars, Sour Apples and so much more!
Training Highlights-this month’s training provides increased cultural competency, networking with peers, and mutual blessings!
July 13, 2013