NIPS was inspired by Jim Driscoll’s decades of experience in several recovery programs and peer co-counseling (“RC”/Re-evaluation Counseling). NIPS first program taught peer support to 2500 returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans in 85 residential weekend workshops from 2005 to 2011. in our “Vets4Vets” program. We launched a new non-profit that year to carry on this program and turned our attention to the problem of global warming. You can learn more about the ongoing work of Vets4Vets at their website (www.Vets4Vets.US,) although as of this writing (December 18, 2012), there is some difficulty with the site.
In the meantime, Dr. Driscoll continues to lead peer support work for veterans within the co-counseling community. That work is only open to veterans and allies who have taken a Fundamentals Course in co-counseling or its equivalent in personal instruction. Jim has led four such workshops for veterans and one for veterans and allies. The next veterans workshop is scheduled tentatively for the Bay Area in August, 2013; the next workshop for veterans and allies in co-counseling will be held in Phoenix, AZ, USA, over Valentine’s Weekend in 2014. An application follows.
Veterans and Allies workshop
Julian Weissglass and Jim Driscoll
ILCP for wide world change and RC veterans’ leader
War inflicts serious damage on all of us and our world, but most particularly those who have served in the military. At this workshop both veterans and allies will have the opportunity to heal from how they have been hurt by war. Allies will work on how they can be better allies and counselors for veterans. Julian and Jim each have years of work discharging, leading, and counseling people on the effects of military service and war.
The next co-counseling Vets and Allies Workshop s scheduled for Phoenix, AZ over Presidents’ Day Weekend in 2014. It is only open to those with at least a year’s experience in co-counseling and the permission of the workshop leaders.You can use the same registration form to explore interest in this workshop, but you must begin by getting the approval of Jim Driscoll at JimDriscoll@Nipspeersupport.org.
Workshop Fee will be similar to this information for the 2012 Workshop: $180 to $800 US dollars, sliding scale. The break even cost is $200. The break even cost is $200 US dollars. Please be thoughtful about how much you pay. Consider paying an amount that reflects your standard of living. Only those who are unemployed or living on a very small amount of money should pay below the break even cost. THE COST PER PERSON for the workshop days only is $200 US dollars, so please pay $200 or more if possible.
Leaders’ Day + Workshop Fee: $230 to $1000 US dollars, sliding scale. The break even cost is $250 US dollars. Please be thoughtful about how much you pay. Consider paying an amount that reflects your standard of living. Only those who are unemployed or living on a very small amount of money should pay below the break even cost. THE COST PER PERSON for the workshop days + the leaders’ day is $250 US dollars, so please pay $250 or more if possible.
If you have never discharged on how much to pay for a workshop, I encourage you to do so now. Our guidelines encourage us to consider that for sliding fee scales to work, people need to have ongoing discharge about money, integrity and economic inequality. Some things you may want to think about when deciding your fee: What is my standard of living? Financial dependents? High medical costs? On a scale of 1-10, how much integrity am I using to decide where I will pay on the sliding fee scale? Fees coming into the international community from workshops and classes have been lower recently- can I support the work of the community a bit more with a higher registration fee?
Registration: Please send at least 50% of the workshop fee with your registration to Catherine Land, 5532 E. Towner Street, Tucson, AZ 85712-2226, USA.
Skype name: _______________________________
Area or Regional Reference Person’s approval (required)
I am coming as a __Veteran __Ally
__ I am coming for the Leaders’ Day.
I am sending ___ towards my registration fee now, and will pay ___ at the workshop.
___ I need linens provided (You may be asked for an additional $10).
___ I can provide linens washed in scent free soap that have not been in contact with cats/dogs. List what you can bring for those flying in and the number of each: Sheets, towels, pillows with case, blankets/comforters/sleeping bags.
Transportation: I am driving from ____. I can transport ____ people.
____.I need a ride People needing rides to/from the workshop will be expected to contribute to gas costs if they are getting a ride from an RCer or to the cost of a van/taxi if they are able to do so.
I am flying in.
The workshop site is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the Tucson airport, and 2 hours and 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport, so it will be quicker to get to the site from Tucson. Please plan your flight arrivals and departures with travel time in mind.
I am on _____________ Airlines, flight _______, arriving Tucson ________time.
I am on _____________ Airlines, flight _______, arriving Phoenix ________time.
Workshop jobs I like to do:
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