What an incredible training experience I had last week. Spent a week in Houston teaching the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® course to a large group of human service professionals. Over thirty participants were on hand to share their time, expertise and best practices. An ethnically diverse group who were just as diverse in their professions, histories and personalities.
We had an ex-marine who commanded attention and wowed us with his presentation skills. We had a young man from Kermit, Texas there to renew his certification. I can tell you that the drive from Kermit to Houston is not an easy one. Nearly nine hours driving time on a good day. From where Texas meets New Mexico nearly all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. What’s more, he took the old country highways as he stated to me that he dislikes driving on the intrastate. A young lady flew in all the way from Vermont. These people are dedicated!
Another young lady, who was an educator, was married to a cousin of one of the Allman Brothers. There was a lady there who wore cowboy (cowgirl?) boots everyday. She had a different pair for each day it seemed. Being a boot fan myself, we compared notes on material and style. We had a lady with corrections experience who did one of the most passionate presentations on restraint-related positional asphyxia that I have ever seen. I’ve been reading a book lately about the life of a young gang member in Chicago. This participant shared some of her knowledge with me as she had worked with gang members before. This woman is going to save lives.
There was a young man there who could have applied to be a Professional Staff Instructor because he was so skilled as a trainer. One man gave a very heart-felt lecture on empathic listening telling us to listen with our hearts as well as our ears. One lady was four months pregnant and suffering from a bit of nausea throughout the week, but she stayed on. Another lady was sick with a bit of the flu, but stuck it out. Another participant shared with us some of the mistakes he has made in the past with the people he has served. It is never an easy thing to admit your mistakes in front of a whole group of your peers.
This was just a great week. There were hugs, laughter and good times. Friendships were formed, good vibes passed on and goals were reached. I loved this group! So a big (shout out) to my group from Houston. You guys are the best!
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