Hudson Valley Resort and Spa
NYAPRS Annual Conference
NYAPR;New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation held it's 33d annual Conference at The Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY and I was able to attend. The three day conference was themed around Recovery at the Crossroad; The Choices and Changes Ahead. The long and the short of it is this....NY is changing...treatment is changing...the way behavioral health is being addressed is changing. I believe for the good, but more specifically we as a State are seeing more PEER based services being introduced into recovery.
The 12-step pioneers (Bill and Dr. Bob) have been saying it for YEARS...Help comes from those who have been there!!! Its not NEW....its simply evolving. Peer based services are and have been a true asset to the community and it is being seen as more valuable then ever. It makes complete sense to me.
Although I am not about to make claim I am an expert; in fact I needed to google NYAPR to get the actual word, and I am not at all at liberty to make claim I could become a PEER, but I do know just from client exchange and discussion the significance of having a confidant in your corner when battling the beast of addiction and mental health. Sponsorship (based upon the AA model) is key to recovery, Community is key to recovery.
This three day gala of knowledge and lots of fun too was all about that premise. In addition to the information I learned...we (my co-workers and I) had some pretty interesting times while in attendance, and although I am not going to speak much more about the conference in this blog...I am going to highlight the fun, laughs and good times I had with my fellow co-workers on this event.
As I stated....there is not a whole lot of anything in this area. Liberty, and the Ellenville areas are, from my memory of living in Pine Bush and traveling those same roads were once scattered with resort like cabin's and upscale hotels as a refuge from the City of NY.
Today, and from my own travels, it is now plagued with abandoned buildings, empty campgrounds and what seems to be a vacation spot for the Hisitic Jewish community.
Once it was a grand destination for families like in the movie Dirty Dancing. Beautiful resorts nestled in the deep mountains, nature with all of the luxuries.
This hotel/resort...WAS quite possibly ONCE just that such a place. Let me STRESS the word ONCE!!! Now it reminded me of the hotel in the movie the Shining.....Can you innvision two little girls in blue dresses down at the end of this hall? "Come and play with us forever...and ever"
On our first evening there, Nicole (my co-worker and roomie) and I went off to find a place to eat dinner. She did some search's on her phone and found this adorable and quaint little place. But first we had to stop and get a god look at the mountain views..
I had a mushroom/broccoli omelet with has-browns.Yummy!!
Conferences ran throughout the day. There were multiple presentations to choose from. I tried to be selective in my choices and stayed to topics that peeked my interest. First two session I selected had a theme of Mental Health and Substance abuse. (I was also offered credit hours for my certification renewal-BONUS). SOON it was LUNCH time. The food served at this conference had to be the BEST. Despite the property being outdated and creepy...THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!!!! Good bye diet!!!
The SPA was my favorite and totally renovated part of the resort. Included in the stay was the pool/hot tub/steam room and sauna. (no pictures as my team would have kicked my butt.)I simply loved the spa owner she was so sweet. Besides the natural beauty...the food...(the company of course)...having the SPA treatment was the BOMB!!
Between the food and the conference the rest of the day was FULL...as was my belly. That afternoon we snuck off to get a view of the WORLD BIGGEST GARDEN GNOME
That evening we had a few conference related sessions as well as a Comedy Show!!!
On our last full day between conference sessions we took a scenic hike to what we were told via google was a waterfall.
Nicole and I attended some morning conference before we headed back towards central NY. I was scheduled for on call this week and needed to get back in time to gather up the on call equipment. I had such a good time. I will have to consider if I will be in attendance at the 34th annual conference.Good bye beautiful mountains.