Coming Back as an Eden Associate
As some of you might know I attended my Certified Eden Associate Training last week in Lexington Park, Md. In an earlier post I had mused about what the experience would be like going in. Now I’d like to share some views coming out.
- Everyone promised me the experience would be fun. Not that I didn’t believe them but I was surprised at the level of camaraderie the group developed over our short three days. These are people I would train with any day.
- I came out with a new found respect for everyone on the journey of culture change and I came to understand just how difficult that change can be. Though I know The Eden Alternative’s philosophy I nonetheless found myself wondering at times, “can this really work?” I was with people who have been living long-term care for a quarter of a century. I can only imagine the courage it takes to return home and live the change.
- The training provided me with the practical applications of The Eden Alternative. Because I do not work in long-term care I only ever engage the philosophies in abstract terms. But no longer. I believe I now have a much more robust understanding of our principles.
- Finally, I give a new definition to the term “Ringer” when it comes to the trivia challenge. I thought it would only be fair to sit it out. But my team insisted and we proceeded to clean up big time.