Tag: Janet DeMars

Janet DeMars Celebrates 30

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Everyone at Jaywalker would like to congratulate Janet DeMars on 30 years of continuous sobriety today! Janet has been at Jaywalker for 3 years, and has made a great impact while she has been here.  Janet is a teacher of empathy, respect, self-awareness, and hard work. We are sad to say that Janet will be moving on from Jaywalker next week, but we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures.  Congratulations again on the big 3-0 and we know that the next 30 will be even better! Wishing you the absolute best, From the Jaywalker Staff

Issues of Substance Lecture Series

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On Friday, May 15th, the Jaywalker Solutions men and a few staff members volunteered for A Way Out, a non-profit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that provides financial support to people who need treatment but do not have the resources.  The event, “Issues of Substance Lecture Series,” presented Dr. Michael Barnes, the Clinical Manager for CeDAR at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. Barnes spoke about the chaotic life of living with an active addict or alcoholic and how this chaos is often experienced by the family as trauma which can interfere with the family’s or an individual’s well-being.  The Solutions men commandeered the registration table, helped participants sign in and receive name tags.  The men also were responsible for providing the documentation and certificates for anyone who wanted to received Continuing Educations Units.  Stay tuned because the Solutions service workers are on a roll!! Janet DeMars MS,LADC, CAC…

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“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek-Poet I have been member of the SOLUTIONS team since 2007 and am pleased to talk about our newest venture. SOLUTIONS has expanded our program into two phases, moved buildings, added staff and built a more robust curriculum. We have continued our partnership with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to offer men in recovery a path to return to academics. Phase One of SOLUTIONS is now housed on 734 Main Street. The men are loving the new “digs” with its restaurant style kitchen, dining area which becomes board game central at night, the man-cave lounge area and multifaceted meeting/study area. Phase One is a 90-day program, with a Stage II recovery model. It is designed for men who are ready to assume personal accountability in a supportive environment. We encourage reintegration into the workplace or…

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Sober Semester Completed

Today marked the completion of Jaywalker U Fall 2014 Semester. During this last semester one student earned dual credits by having his Colorado Mountain College (CMC) credits count towards his high school diploma.  Other students who arrived mid semester were taking classes through Grand Canyon University (GCU) because GCU has  online classes starting every Monday year-round, while other students participated in traditional classes at CMC.  To celebrate the completion of this semester, JWU spent the day with Johann Aberger celebrating, enjoying life, laughing and dancing.  Yes, dancing. The group decided to take what we thought was a Yoga class called Nia at True Nature this morning.  We were hesitantly surprised when we walked into the room and no one had Yoga mats, except us.  JWU students and staff are always prepared.  The description of the class said that it was appropriate for all levels.  What could be better?  It also…

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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

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

Strong Interest Inventory

Sometimes the Friday activity at Jaywalker U finds the students outside playing and sometimes it finds us inside learning.  During the morning activity on Friday October 17th and 24th, Lisa Runck and Jen Brennan, College Counselors from the Spring Valley campus of Colorado Mountain College, joined our students.  On the 17th, Jen and Lisa presented the Strong Interest Inventory assessment which is the world’s most widely respected career planning tool.  After their presentation about this tool and the six themes of interest (realistic, investigative, artistic, social , enterprising, and conventional) , all of the JWU students sat in front of their computer screens and completed the 200+ question assessment.  Jen and Lisa came back on Friday, October 24th to meet with the students both as a group and individually to talk about their results.  This assessment was beneficial because not all of the students have a sense of their life’s…

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JWU- Tonight

The Jaywalker U students will be telling their stories tonight at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus at 7pm. This week is alcohol awareness week and Subway will be catering the even. We hope to see you there! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

ADHD Strategies

Procrastination is one of the chronic problems with those who suffer from ADHD. Psych Central associate editor, Margarita Tartakovsky, talked to some experts who also struggle with adult ADHD and reported on some strategies and solutions for dealing with this procrastination. Here is what she found: Set mini goals, rather than long-term goals Use technology and apps Focus on the end result and how good you will feel once you accomplish something Work on tasks for just a short period of time Utilize momentum: when things are going good, keep going My personal strategy: use the fun enjoyable activities (such as mountain biking) as a reward for accomplishing the tasks I don’t want to do Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

CTL: Crisis Text Line

Parents know that texting is probably the best way to communicate with kids.  Sometimes it is the only way to communicate.  Crisis Text Line (CTL) serves young people during a time of crisis, any type of crisis.  Access is available right at their fingertips 24 hours a day 7 days a week. CTL utilizes the most common form of communication by adolescents to connect and help. Here is how it works: A teen texts into CTL anywhere, anytime. A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly. The specialist helps the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using CTL’s platform. Please visit the Crisis Text Line here. Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

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