Reflections On Mike Foster's Rescue Academy
Sunday, May 06, 2018
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.
If you have any questions, comments, thoughts, etc. then please let me know via email or connect with on Twitter (@sholden).