Webinar 21 – Self Check


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Webinar 21—My Lived Experiences: From Devastation to Bringing Happiness to Work and Life presented by Mertice “Giatane” Williams

Session Goal

Gitane’s intention in sharing herself as a model of being a peer supporter/provider of transformation is to bring all human conditions, choices, and inspired action into awareness to let folks know they are not alone.

Her formula included daily self-assessments and mindfulness practices, like meditation, that allowed her to be still (feel) to know the meaning of things. Now, with self-awareness, she has wellness tools that help her to change the meaning of things unwanted to move beyond her situation, feelings of unworthiness, etc…

For examples: In life, health, work (meaningful roles), relationships, family, healing/transformation, service dog and when to be in nature.

Her reflections includes asking herself the following questions:

  • This is where I am…
  • This is where I want to go
  • These are the steps (actions) I need to take

In this session, Gitane shares her personal history/experiences as one person’s road map of recovery to invite participants to reflect similarities in their own lives; that can be mapped and transformed through self-awareness, personal responsibility, and other healthy practices that could restore hope, happiness and create meaningful choices in life.

Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recall Gitane’s personal road map of recovery as one example that illustrates how we are not alone and the recovery process / journey can happen for anyone
  • Understand the difference between allowing “what happenedto you” to define you and recognizing “who you are/who you can become,” based on your gifts, skills, strengths, and resources what really defines your uniqueness
  • Describe the importance of taking personal responsibility for finding one’s own happiness, well-being, and the value of setting goals to achieve one’s dreams
  • Identify wellness tools and mindful practices, like WRAP and meditation, that can change the way you see yourself, attitudes about yourself and the “lived experiences”you have in the world
  • Realize how loving oneself can help understand that life includes challenges and big opportunities, and in Gitane’s life her wellness and alignment was the key for her to be able to share her life in a positive way with others


Which of the following best describe(s) Gitane’s recovery journey?

  • A roadmap that is unique to her life, but one that can inform and give hope to others
  • A miraculous healing
  • A step by step process that can lead anyone who is motivated enough to success
  • All of the above
  • 1 and 2 only


How does the phrase “what happened to you” relate to Gitane’s story?

  • What happened to you does not define you or your character
  • Finding a new way to see yourself and love yourself can be a life-long process
  • You can’t change what happened or how you see yourself because of it
  • All of the above
  • 1 and 2 only


Which of the following is (are) an important part of Gitane’s own personal recovery journey?

  • Personal responsibility
  • Meditation
  • WRAP
  • All of the above
  • 1 and 2 only


What does personal responsibility mean?

  • Accepting responsibility for what happened to me in the past
  • Making choices that move me in the direction of wellness and recovery
  • Gaining independence taking control back from people who are trying to control me
  • All of the above
  • 1 and 2 only



What lesson(s) did Gitane learn?

  • What happened to you doesn’t define your character
  • Letting go of the past and taking personal responsibility allows you to find happiness
  • Finding a new way to see oneself and to love oneself can be a life long process
  • All of the above
  • 1 and 3 only

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