Stockholm State of Mind

Posted on July 20, 2011

The author speaking at the International SeminarThe author speaking at the International SeminarWayne Diana
Horticulture Unit and Colleague Training, Fountain House

I recently returned from 10 days in Stockholm, Sweden where I attended the 16th International Clubhouse Seminar. It was great!

The first 3 days were spent at the Training Base Seminar.  Eleven clubhouses around the world are designated training bases, meaning that they are certified to train colleagues from both new and established clubhouses.  At this annual meeting, members and staff from training bases, along with representatives from the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD), meet annually to discuss issues, problems, concerns, innovations, and successes relevant to the training program. All 11 international training bases were represented. The representatives from Fountain House were Kenn Dudek, President; Alan Doyle, Director of Education; and me. Alan and I spoke about the colleague member's role in the training, since the majority of the colleague training is geared toward the staff. Kenn and I spoke about in-house staff training, as well as an upcoming leadership training.

Approximately 350 people attended the international seminar, which lasted 5 1/2 days. Everyone attended the 2 daily plenary sessions, held in the morning and in the afternoon. The rest of the time was devoted to smaller workshops, attended by about 30 people each. I participated as a panelist in 3 workshops: how to effectively tell your story in a brief and compelling way; how to train staff; and using the media to help promote clubhouse. In the last one, I spoke about my involvement with the Bring Change 2 Mind campaign which I helped to start up along with Glenn Close, Kenn Dudek, Anne Mai, and the watsons, a media relations firm.

We managed to get a few hours of downtime which allowed us to take in some of the beautiful sights of Stockholm. I enjoyed a 2 hour boat cruise with a few colleagues from the Stepping Stone Clubhouse in Brisbane, Australia. Also, I visited the Vasa Museum. This was an old sailing ship from the 1700s that sank 20 minutes out on its maiden voyage and remained at the bottom of the sea for 300 years. It was raised recently and it was miraculously perfectly preserved, so they hauled it onto dry land and built a building around it. It was really cool.

All in all, it was a very positive and productive experience. Fountain House did good work at the Seminar, and we met some old friends as well as making a few new ones. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to attend the 16th International Seminar.

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