What are you looking for?

Monthly Archives: February 2023

Growth Works Presenting at MATCP

Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals’ (MATCP) 23rd Annual Conference is coming up on February 27th through March 1st. This year Growth Works is hosting a panel presentation titled Peer Coaching as Part of an Integrated Treatment Plan. We are grateful for this opportunity to share information regarding the Growth Works’ Peer Recovery Coaching model and how we partner with local Treatment Courts.

This panel will be moderated by Allison Herrst, Peer Support Supervisor, Growth Works and the panelists will include Matt Keyes, Treatment Court Coordinator, 23rd District Sobriety Court, Honorable Geno Salomone retired from the 23rd District Court, Nate Ponder, Peer Recovery Program Manager, Growth Works and Jamaine Atkins, Certified Peer Recovery Coach/Mentor, Growth Works.

Growth Works will also be participating in the vendor space of the conference so be sure to stop by and learn more about all of Growth Works services.

The mission of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) is to provide leadership to treatment courts in the State of Michigan.

Prevention Starts with All

This spring, join FAN at Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater to hear the unforgettable story of a former NBA athlete’s journey to sobriety. In this very personal presentation, Chris Herren will share his recovery story in a brutally honest format, with just a microphone.
The event will start with a 5-minute film introducing Chris and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA, which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Massachusetts to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take you on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will address the issues of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. The event will conclude with a Q&A session. Make plans now to attend this inspiring presentation, as Chris shares his journey navigating the disease of addiction, the road to recovery and his mission to reach just one person and make a difference. For more information, visit www.washtenawfan.org

Trauma Informed Staff Training

Growth Works would like to thank Shenandoah Chefalo for embarking on a journey of trauma-informed care with our team! We welcomed her to our All Staff meeting and learned about her history and her approach to building a trauma-informed community.

Shenandoah Chefalo, award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and trauma-informed coach and consultant who penned the book, “Garbage Bag Suitcase” about her young life in the foster care system, as well as an e-book entitled “Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals”. Her upcoming book “Hiking for Stillness” lays out a plan to overcome and address personal trauma by using and exploring the methods that she developed for herself.

She travels internationally helping transform organizations by teaching them how they can improve their workplace, performance, and overall enjoyment. Her tested and proven style of trauma-informed coaching includes a focus on resilience which she feels is a necessary skill for all to learn. 

She is passionate about serving her clients, family, and community. She does so by helping organizations improve their workplaces and performance by teaching sustainable, trauma-informed methods, and by telling her story and educating the public about the grim realities of a life that she had always tried to hide.

Shenandoah experienced a dysfunctional childhood with neglectful, drug and alcohol addicted parents. This eventually landed her in the foster system where she endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness.

To learn more about her story and how Shenandoah can serve your organization, you can visit https://www.chefaloconsulting.com/

Dearborn Public Schools Professional Development Day

Growth Works would like to recognize Families Against Narcotics for hosting a seminar at the Dearborn Public Schools Professional Development Day. Allison Herrst, Growth Works Peer Recovery Coach, was among the presenters sharing her personal experience with addiction and recovery. Thank you for supporting our mission and helping us bring this information to educators and students in Southeast Michigan.

If you school or organization is interested in learning more about our Peer Recovery Coaching Model, contact Lindsey.Manza@gwcares.org.