Seen at their graduation with facilitators Katy Menell and Jean Dixon, are a few of the jubilant 2017 RA Course graduates.

Season’s Greeting’s from Prospect Hill!

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Although 2017 has been a year with many challenges, obstacles and personal adversities for us, the team at Prospect Hill are filled with gratitude and would like to take this opportunity to thank you – our friends, family, clients and colleagues – for helping us realise our bright and brilliant vision of ‘changing our story,’ one step at a time.

As a group of individuals practitioners who merely shared a counselling space a few years ago, we set out to create a thriving company with a vision of providing affordable, accessible support in recovery from addiction, trauma and loss. We’ve only been able to achieve this goal by working together as a unified collective, combining our various skills and focussing on the goal of helping others to bravely tell and change their stories.

One of Prospect Hill’s offerings in the arena of self-development is the Recovery Assistant’s Course. Jean Dixon and Katy Menell took over the RA Course in 2011, and since then it has offered many participants an introduction to providing professional support for recovery from a variety of addictive behaviours as well as an overview of addiction, treatment and recovery, and basic counselling skills.

This year’s course ended with a graduation party where certificates of completion were awarded to 17 graduates. Family members and friends came out in full force to support the fabulous class of 2017.This year included the highest number of participants with personal experience of recovery which resulted in rich and stimulating discussions that were great learning for all. 2018 will see the beginning of another exciting course.

Some of feedback from the course participants is:

“I don’t think it is possible to just highlight one valuable thing gained, as there are so many. The insight to my own disease, the methods and techniques used in a treatment facility, the exercises I can use on myself for my own improvement but mostly the importance of recovery and its place in society which has also motivated me to continue on my own path…”
– Earl Petersen.

“Thank you for a most rewarding & stimulating course of a lifetime.”
– Andrew Penkin

The RA course is one of many projects that Prospect Hill will continue to facilitate or launch in 2018.

And on that note, we would like to wish you a peaceful and joyous festive season and a new year that is filled with hope, abundance and happiness.

The Prospect Hill Team.

 

The Recovery Quilt Comes Home.

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A year after its creation at the Recovery Film Festival, Prospect Hill’s beautiful patchwork masterpiece and labour of love, known as the “Recovery Quilt”,  has found its way home and found a place to be proudly displayed at the practice in Wynberg.  It is a collaborative work of art made up of squares depicting the stories of hope, courage and change of individuals in recovery and those affected by addiction.

It is seen here with one of Prospect Hill’s counsellors, Tania De Maine-Oosthuizen (left) and two of the friends of the practice.

Season’s Greetings from Prospect Hill!

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR STORY!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As this challenging year draws to a close, we would like to take this
opportunity to share what 2016 has meant to us and the important part that you have played in creating our story this year.

It is a story most vividly illustrated by the creation of a beautiful work of art we have called the Recovery Quilt. The quilt was born of PH’s vision to create a collaborative artwork weaving together the diverse stories of how our recovery community has found hope and change in the face of the pain and suffering of addiction.

While each frame was created by an individual, when pieced together, the quilt reflects the experience that “together we can” and that our stories of change, while disparate and diverse, are all woven together by common themes of love, compassion and hope.

The completed Recovery Quilt is truly a representation of PH’s new Vision for 20/20. We will be inviting you to it’s unveiling in the new year and to hear more about our plans for 2017.

In the meantime, we wish you a blessed and joyous season with friends and family and a year ahead that is filled with love, light and prosperity.

The Prospect Hill Team

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September 2016 Newsletter

 

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PROSPECT HILL COMES OF AGE: (Back row from left) Mark Emmerich, Katy Menell, Frances Ward, Penelope Garden, Bobby Jean-Jacques, (front from left) Jean Dixon, Romey Russell and Desiree-Anne Martin (insert).

 

We’ve got some great news to tell you….
but first, we want to invite you to an excellently creative community art happening….

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Now for the news…

The Story of Prospect Hill Recovery Practice

Some eight years ago, intrepid and seasoned counselor Jean Dixon shared a dream with colleague Katy Menell.

She sketched out her vision of a place where a community of independent practitioners could come together to form a creative hub, offering a range of services to support recovery from addiction, trauma and loss. Together they created Prospect Hill Recovery Practice.

For five years, under the guiding light, “Together we Can”, Prospect Hill and its associates have provided affordable and accessible support to hundreds of people, fostering relationships, opening up new possibilities and touching lives.

Then, last year, a new vision began to open up for the practice.

Change: Our story and what we learned

We (Jean & Katy) decided that it was time to make a change. We want to share this change story with you, because we see many of our clients go through a similar process and think it may offer some insight and encouragement with regards to making shifts.

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end” – Robin Sharma.

The Hard Part

We took the time and care to have a long hard look at how things were going and decided that some things needed to change. We were carrying responsibilities we needed to share and we wanted to be part of something that felt owned by the community of practitioners involved. But here was the challenging part:

  • Overcoming the fear of losing what we had, without knowing what there was to gainwe loved Prospect Hill as the comfortable space of our partnership and didn’t know what else was possible.
  • Figuring out the howwe wanted to invite our associates to share ownership, but didn’t know how.
  • Getting helpwe needed to reach out and ask for help, to find the ‘right’ person to agree to facilitate the process for us.
  • Committing the time and energy required – one Saturday a month for nine months our group of eight associates met to conceive and nurture a new improved vision for the future, including the steps to make it happen

The Messy Part

  • The unknown – We were fortunate enough to have Kay Price-Lindsay – a licensed Edward De Bono Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking facilitator – guide us on our journey. Although she inspired confidence with her competence, inspiration and boundless creative energy, we still needed to dive into a big, and messy, unknown.
  • The “touchy-feely stuff”a lot of the work felt like chaotic ramblings from our imagination that often did not seem to be connected to any concrete outcomes.
  • Making a decision We all needed to commit to this process, which felt like a big leap of faith. The day 10 of us made this decision felt like a huge milestone!
  • Trusting the process it took a while to get to the place where it felt like things were ‘really happening’.

The Gorgeous Part

  • What we came up with was a common mission: empowering people to change the stories of their lives. The next step in creating a robust, dynamic, interactive and inclusive organisation.
  • Seeing a dream become realitywhen Prospect Hill Pty Ltd was registered in April 2016 with 10 shareholders and 8 directors, we saw our dream become a reality.
  • Getting in touch with new skills and abilitiesthrough the process we discovered the unique skills and abilities of each group member.
  • The joy of support we are getting to experience ‘together we can’ in a new way.

So far the biggest lesson we have learned in this process is suspending judgment, and staying honest, open and willing to change.

We are now stepping bravely forward into the unknown, appreciating it as ‘progress not perfection’, are staying focused on ‘first things first’, ‘one day at a time’, keeping our vision alive and ‘letting go and letting god’ (to keep our sanity!)

THE VISION OF PROSPECT HILL

The vision is of a globally recognised, collaborative (and profitable) entity, tech-savvy and leveraging multi-sectoral  partnerships to deliver a range of highly effective, life-changing programmes to thousands of people from diverse backgrounds, facilitating healing, change and growth in the many facets of their lives.

HERE’S WHAT THE PARTNERS HAVE TO SAY…

Penelope Garden: “I am excited to be part of something much bigger than myself where the possibilities are immense. What I find most inspiring about my work is witnessing the courage it takes for clients to make changes in their lives.”

Jean says: “I enjoy the collaborative team and that there is always someone available to close the gap. I love the diversity of the work.”

Katy adds: “it feels like ‘together we can’ in action”. I am inspired by the hope I receive daily in witnessing people’s creativity and resourcefulness as they connect to what’s important to them”.

Bobby Jean-Jacques says: “Prospect Hill is living proof that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. In my work, I am inspired by the courage and faith it requires to leave an untenable past for an uncertain future.”

Romey Russell adds: “I value working alongside the unique differences of nine other colleagues and the creative, innovative and diverse ‘group consciousness’. I am passionate about working with various human struggles, respecting the courage people have to reveal their humanness – their vulnerability, and to share a journey together”.

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RECOVERY ASSISTANTS COURSE

This course offers an introduction to offering professional support for recovery from all kinds of addictive behaviours. It is part-time and is taught by a staff of qualified, experienced trainers. It includes 50 supervised internship hours at local registered treatment facilities. It provides an overview of addiction, treatment and recovery, as well as a foundation in counselling skills.
Click here for more.

Tension/ Trauma Releasing Exercises Weekly Grouptre

TRE is a phenomenal breakthrough technique in stress and trauma therapy. Tension/ Trauma Releasing Exercises is a set of seven yoga like stretches that brings about deep relaxation. It is being used successfully by thousands to relieve stress, body tension and to recover from traumas/ injuries. This self empowering tool teaches you to restore balance to the mind and body.

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Click here for more infoConnecting toSelf & Others facilitated Support Group

This weekly facilitated support group will provide: a safe, confidential, communal space to explore and deepen our relationships. It offers a space to practice skills for developing compassion towards yourself and others and a valuable opportunity  to benefit from the transformative potential of a supportive community.
Click here for more info

December/ January Newsletter

seasons_greetings_red_card-p137105372501615313q6ay_4002As the year draws to a close we want to express our Gratitude to all of you who have made our work at Prospect Hill possible this year. As we enjoyed the wonderful music and sharing from our community at our Year End Celebration, we thought again of the fellowship saying, “together we can”! Hearing of the vital and valuable work done by the Saartje Baartman Centre to counter gender-based violence,we were reminded of what a commitment to change can make possible. Together we experienced many creative communal spaces in 2015. We look forward to the opportunities that 2016 will bring. We wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a 2016 of together realising many fantastic possibilities!Good wishes,
Jean & Katy

 

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Registration is now open for Module 1 of this part-time course, starting with an information evening on Friday 22nd January 2016 16h30-18h30. It provides an introduction to offering professional support for recovery from all types of addictive behaviours. It is taught by a staff of qualified, experienced trainers and includes the option of 50 hours of clinical observation in a registered treatment facility. For more information click here.

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New Group for partners effected by someone else’s sexually addictive behaviour
A new group offering support for hose effected by someone else sexually addictive behaviour will be running every 2nd Monday from 25th January. It will provide a safe and confidential space addressing shock, levels of betrayal, healing the hurt and shame, restoring trust and confidence in yourself. Click here for more info or to book.

Connecting to self and others weekly support group
This weekly facilitated support group offers a valuable opportunity to benefit from the transformative potential of a supportive community. It provides a safe space to grow in our relationships with ourself and others. For more information click here.

Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises Group
Frances Ward is running weekly groups open to newcomers and those who have done TRE before on Mondays 13h00-14h30 at Prospect Hill. For more info or to book click here.

November News

With protest and calls for social change alive in our city and sweeping the country it is a good time to take pause and reflect on our positions in relation to others and our own values. What stories of change would we like to be part of? All the while, for many, the business of life goes on. This month we offer a gentle space for self-connection and reflection in the last Inner Child Workshop of the year. We are also having our fabulous Year End Celebration, which will be a movie evening of fun, sharing and entertainment and fund-raising….See below for more info.
We hope to see you there,
Jean & Katy

Be.longing Inner Child Workshop: The Spiritual Child – knowingness & belonging
Would you like some space to connect your inner knowing and innate wisdom? Our Inner Spiritual Child offers us a playful way to visit these places of personal spirituality. This workshop is on Friday 13th November Click here for more details or to book.

Recovery Assistants Course 2016
Registration is now open for Module 1 of this part-time course, starting with an information evening on Friday 22nd January 2016 16h30-18h30. It provides an introduction to offering professional support for recovery from all types of addictive behaviours. It is taught by a staff of qualified, experienced trainers and includes the option of 50 hours of clinical observation in a registered treatment facility. For more information click here.

PROSPECT HILL YEAR-END CELEBRATION
You are all invited to join us for a screening of the film Back from the Edge recently shown at the Recovery Film Festival. The evening will include music, sharing, good company and delicious eats. The only charge is a donation for the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women & Children survivors of abuse. It will be on Friday 20th November 17h30 – 20h00. Click here for more info or to book.

September Newsletter

We have just come back from a fantastic Narrative Therapy conference, richly inspired with creativity in our work of changing our stories.  With Spring now well and truly in the air (although hopefully punctuated by some more much needed rain) we are now starting our Inner Child Re-Claiming Joy Workshop series (which we postponed last month), so if it sparked any interest in you, it is not too late to join us on this enlivening Spring journey!
Warm regards,
Jean & Katy

Be-longing Inner Child Recovery Workshop Series- The Playful Child: practicing acceptance
If life has felt like a serious business for too long and you’d like to invite your playful child in, come and join us for a day of gentle fun and exploration. This first workshop in the Reclaiming Joy series is on Friday 18th September Click here for more details or to book.

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Family Support Program
This 6 week program offers support to family and friends of those affected by addictive behaviours. It provides a way out of the addictive cycle offering information & education, plus tools & effective coping skills that can help the family system to heal. It runs on Wednesdays 6-7.30pm and is facilitated by Imogen McIntosh. Click here for more information.

This 12 week program offers a safe, confidential space to share stories with others who can identify.  A safe space to process feelings and restore your trust in yourself. it will be running every second Monday at 4.30-6.30pm. Starting when the group is full. For more info or to book contact Jean at prospecthillrecovery@gmail.com.

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RA/ Support Counsellor Supervision & Support Group
RA’s/ Support Counsellors often do one of the most difficult jobs with the least support. This monthly group will provide a space for support, learning and growth for those filling these vital roles. The first Thursday of every month 11am-12.30pm. The next group is on Thursday 3rd September. For more info or to book click here.

August Newsletter

After a span of some serious winter it is starting to give way a bit to the returning warm air. We think it is a good time to bring in some freedom and joy and have a play date with your Inner Child. We also have some things for grown-ups: two new support groups. Our new Family Program continues to help family members  transform adversity into opportunity. See below for more details. We hope to see you here before the spring is sprung.

Warm regards,
Jean & Katy

Be-longing Inner Child Recovery Workshop Series- The Playful Child: practicing acceptance
If life has felt like a serious business for too long and you’d like to invite your playful child in, come and join us for a day of gentle fun and exploration. This first workshop in the Reclaiming Joy series is on Friday 14th August. Click here for more details or to book.

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Family Support Program
This 6 week program offers support to family and friends of those affected by addictive behaviours. It provides a way out of the addictive cycle offering information & education, plus tools & effective coping skills that can help the family system to heal. It runs on Wednesdays 6-7.30pm and is facilitated by Imogen McIntosh. Click here for more information.

This 12 week program offers a safe, confidential space to share stories with others who can identify.  A safe space to process feelings and restore your trust in yourself. Starting on Monday 24th August 11am-1pm running weekly until 16th November. For more info or to book click here.

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RA/ Support Counsellor Supervision & Support Group
RA’s/ Support Counsellors often do one of the most difficult jobs with the least support. This monthly group will provide a space for support, learning and growth for those filling these vital roles. The first Thursday of every month 11am-12.30pm. The next group is on Thursday 3rd September. For more info or to book click here.

June Newsletter

With mid-winter fast approaching we are reminded of a need to draw on our inner resources to keep our lights shining in darkening times. We continue to celebrate the role that others can play in helping to keep our preferred stories burning brightly. We have a number of warming, supportive communal spaces on offer this June. 
Warm regards,
Jean & Katy

Be-longing Inner Child Recovery Workshop Series- Healing the Past: Meeting Needs

Do you have any childhood memories that you would like to loosen the effects of? This workshop takes us on a journey to revisit the past and make changes that can have a lasting effect. Friday 26 June from 9.00am. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT until 6th June. Click here for more details.

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Connecting to Self and Others: Support Group 

This weekly facilitated group provides a space to connect to yourself and others as part of a safe, supportive community. Thursdays 12.30-2pm. Click here for more information.

This part-time training offers professional support for recovery from addictive behaviours and their effects. The next in-take is for Module 3, which focusses on Communication Skills. It commences on Friday 3rd July 4.30-6.30pm. For more info about the course or to book click here.

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Cosmo Form Introductory Workshop

The Cosmo Form is a simple movement practice that can be done alone or with others. It offers quick access to expanded awareness and states of love, peace, relaxation, energy and confidence. Saturday 6th June 9.30am – 12pm. Facilitated by Helena Wagener. For more info click here.

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May Newsletter

In the midst of Autumn, it is a good time to store up what we need to carry us through the Winter months and compost whatever we are done with to feed new growth. At Prospect Hill we can offer help deciding what to keep and what to shed at the next Inner Child Workshop on Disarming the Inner Critic. We also have a NEW GROUP that may just make the difference for people effected by someone else’s sexually addictive behaviour. If you are looking for Energy and Connection try the Cosmo Form workshop or if it is Encouragement and Direction you need, try our Boost your Recovery Workshop.

Hope to have you with us.

Warm regards,
Jean & Katy

Be-longing Inner Child Recovery Workshop Series- Disarming the Inner Critic: Daring Greatly
Are you tired of shrinking back from what you truly want? Do you think your inner critic might be calling the shots? Would you like to support yourself in ‘daring greatly’? Join us for a creative and empowering workshop on Friday 15 May from 09.00am. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT available until the 6th May. Click here for more details.

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NEW WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP for people affected by other’s sexually addictive behaviour starting on  Wednesday 20th May 11h00-13h00.  This group will provide a safe confidential space to share with others who can identify with you and support your healing process. Click here for more information.

Boost your Recovery Workshop: Learn tools to create a comprehensive Recovery Plan

Are you an expert in what NOT to do, but not in WHAT TO DO?

Do you want to change your experience of recovery from one of surviving to one of thriving?

Are you feeling a little ‘stale’ in your recovery and would like a springboard to more fulfilment?

This workshop is now taking place on Saturday 9th May from 9.00am to 12.00pm and offers an inspirational space to discover and build on ‘recovery capital’, the personal resources that make recovery worth doing. Each participant will get the opportunity to create a unique road map of their journey. For more info click here.

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Cosmo Form Introductory Workshop
The Cosmo Form is a simple movement practice that can be done alone or with others. It offers quick access to expanded awareness and states of love, peace, relaxation, energy and confidence. Saturday 6th June, 9.30am – 12pm. Facilitated by Helena Wagener. For more info click here.

Copyright © 2015, Prospect Hill Recovery Practice. All rights reserved.

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