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AA Beginning

80 years ago today the founder of Alcoholic Anonymous, Bill Wilson, had his last drink before entering the hospital.  After meeting Dr. Bob, in Akron, Ohio, they developed what is now the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.. Alcoholics Anonymous has saved millions and we could not have done it without the work of the founders and the other alcoholics who made this program what it is today, one alcoholic talking to another in the hope of saving lives. TIME Magazine published a tribute to the AA program.  To take a look at the article click here. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Sober Semester

The Fall 2014 semester at Colorado Mountain College has come to an end here at Jaywalker.  What has been demonstrated each semester here at Jaywalker is that recovery and academic success go hand-in-hand.  Self-esteem improves dramatically with each successful credit earned and the joy of living is enhanced.  The men at Jaywalker are learning that they can be productive members of a college campus while living a sober life.   Congratulations on another great semester and we wish you the best of luck for next semester! To register for next semester please click here Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Drugs and Alcohol in our High School

Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention is sponsoring a presentation by experts in the field of substance abuse prevention tonight at the Aspen High School from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Get tips and tools that will inform conversations between parents and their children on drug and alcohol awareness. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Code of Ethics

Jaywalker Founder and CEO Bob Ferguson recently served as a panelist at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in St. Louis.  Following the August conference, and acting on a suggestion from a fellow panelist, Ferguson drafted Jaywalker’s first code of ethics. As the current chair for the Ethics committee of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), Ferguson was asked a to write a guest commentary about the ethics panel for Addiction Professional Magazine.  The article outlines some of the ethical issues challenges facing the addiction treatment industry today, and encourages other treatment providers to draft their own ethics code and post it on their websites. “The idea is for each treatment program to articulate its own ethical values; and for each of us to hold ourselves accountable to their own code of ethics,” says Ferguson. “Until each of us becomes transparent and accountable, the ethics conversation is more about finger-pointing and less about values and principles.”…

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USA Mental Health First Aid

The USA Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course continues to expand their training in order to address the needs of various demographics.  Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.  Janet DeMars, one of our Jaywalker counselors, has recently completed certification in the Higher Education module of Mental Health First Aid.  In addition to the higher education designation, the MHFA organization also has modules that focus on veterans and the military, public safety, and those that live in a rural area.  The MHFA training is an 8-hour course and will be offered this spring semester at Colorado Mountain College on Wednesday nights at the Carbondale campus. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Avalanche Safety Tips

Winter is here and with it came feet of snow! However exciting this may be, there are some adherent risks involved with the amount of snow this early in the season. In order to have a safe and fun time in the back-country we must take precautions. Whether you are an avalanche novice or expert, the Recreation.gov site suggests the following rules when in avalanche terrain: Never travel alone. Allow only one person at a time to cross avalanche terrain while others wait in a safe location. Make sure everyone carries avalanche rescue gear and knows how to use it. Finally, look for recent avalanches, which indicate the snow is unstable. While these are some great things to remember, we could all benefit from the knowledge taught by professionals. Colorado Mountain College is offering courses next semester titled: Avalanche Awareness Level I and Avalanche Safety I. The goal of avalanche…

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Bicycle Friendly Community

Carbondale, Colorado has been recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The creation of Carbondale’s new Community Bike Park made it possible for Carbondale to jump from a Bronze Level Certification to a Gold status. Carbondale will retain its Gold status for the next four years. Next stop is the Platinum status! For more information on Carbondale and our Bicycle Friendly Community please click here! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Jaywalker Ski Season

The first big snow storm has hit our area and that can only mean one thing. It’s ski and snowboard season! Mountain based expeditions in the Aspen Mountains are an integral component of all the Jaywalker’s programs. Our clients are challenged to improve not only mentally and spiritually but, physically, as well.  Here is a list of the typical expeditions we are looking forward to this winter: Jaywalker Lodge – Clients will ski/snowboard every Monday with expedition staff – Sunday is an optional ski day with Alumni volunteers – Thursday afternoons clients will have the opportunity to snowshoe, Nordic Ski, and occasionally ski/snowboard Jaywalker Solutions -Clients will ski/snowboard with staff on Fridays. -Clients will have optional ski days on Saturdays and Sundays and occasionally during week as schedule permits. Jaywalker MIOP -The MIOP clients are on their own to ski as it fits into their respective schedules. Jaywalker Alumni -Approved…

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Early Registration

Early registration for the Spring Semester at Colorado Mountain College is here! There are many courses available at the four satellite campuses in the Roaring Fork Valley—Aspen, Carbondale, Spring Valley, and Glenwood Springs. There are bachelor’s degree options in business administration, sustainable studies, and now nursing.  Pass the word to all alumni and prospective students to talk with Donnie or Janet for more information. Search for classes and register at: CMC – Classes and Registration Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

CMC Presentations

Janet DeMars, the Director of Jaywalker U, was busy last week supporting the local campuses of Colorado Mountain College.  Last Tuesday night, October 28th, she presented the topic of addiction for the Gift of Learning Series at the Carbondale campus.  Janet offered a definition of addiction, theories and models of addiction, the criteria for the DSM-V diagnosis and facilitated a question and answer session afterwards.  On Thursday, October 30th, Janet presented to the Early Alert Task Force at the Spring Valley campus.  This presentation included statistics about college drinking (80% of all college students drink), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and the Stages of Change.  MI is an interviewing tool that will help staff meet students where they are at, and, by learning the Stages of Change, they will have a better sense of a student’s readiness to make a change. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

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