Every Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. the Grand Avenue Club community gathers at the big table in our first floor Business & Retail Management Unit to discuss the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, the foundational document of the hundreds of Clubhouses all over the world that are organized according to Clubhouse International's Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Every week a colleague will read aloud the powerful Preamble which states clearly that "the Standards are at the heart of the Clubhouse community's success in helping people with mental illness to achieve social, financial, educational and vocational goals." We will never tire of hearing that the Standards are a "bill of rights" for members and a code of ethics for staff, board and administrators.
Next week is a big week for Clubhouse colleagues everywhere. It is the week of the Clubhouse International World Seminar 2021. This entirely virtual seminar already has registered more than 1,000 attendees. Among them will be the members and staff of GAC, most of whom enthusiastically await the marvelous learning opportunities that we have come to associate with previous World Seminars.
One of the forums--which will be offered twice--THE CLUBHOUSE STANDARDS: Their Purpose, Their Past, and Their Power is being facilitated by Rachel Forman, our Executive Director. One of the 3 panelists is Serge Blasberg, a GAC member for the past 16 years. The other 2 panelists are from Independence Center in St. Louis, Missouri and Vail Place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
To prepare for the forum, at our Thursday morning meeting, Serge posed these questions to attendees:
"Which of the Standards have had the most impact on your life? What role do the Standards have in the daily life of your Clubhouse?"
Here are some of the responses.