Back in February 2018, I was blessed to be able to take a two-day course taught by Mike Foster at his Rescue Academy live event. I was introduced to Mike via his Fun Therapy Podcast from the Relevant magazine, and many of the stories in Season One of Fun Therapy deeply touched me.
I personally try to be pretty aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and having a caring heart for those who are hurting is one of my strengths. Showing it -- putting it in action -- and doing something constructive with that caring heart -- is another thing. I know I could use some improvement in that area, especially in one-on-one situations.
So the big attraction for attending this event is Mike's tagline for Rescue Academy is "Helping You Help Others." That is what I wanted and needed.
What did I get out of the event? In summary, I'll share four things with you here (see my contact info below if you want more):
- I learned a lot! I ended up with 8 pages of notes plus the class workbook, several of Mike's books, and a copy of Five Dates (which Christy and I have been doing). In the end, the best thing from a "knowledge & skills" standpoint was Mike's practical counseling model for sitting down with someone who is hurting, deeply listening, and then helping them without judgement.
- I was really inspired by the other people taking the class. It was a diverse group, but everyone had a heart for service, helping others, and encouraged each other.
- As we unpacked where hurt, shame, and pain comes from, I realized that my own inner critic has been one of my biggest personal struggles, and something that I needed to work on, forgive myself for, and lean more on Jesus to heal the damage I've done to myself.
- Mike is a dynamic and well organized presenter! Not only did I take notes on all the material, but I also learned a lot on how to effectively deliver course material to a class of students. This has helped me to better deliver the Vital Smart's David Allen Getting Things Done (GTD) course at work. Double-bonus points!
Mike's next class is May 17-18, 2018. I highly recommend considering attending if you want to learn how to help others and yourself.