Steven Covey says that we are predominantly determined by our conditioning and our conditions. He says in our society, we have accepted 3 theories of deterministic explanations of the basic nature of man: genetic determinism (we are determined from our grandparents, we inherited it, we are Aboriginal and we got it from there), psychic determinism (parents did it to you, upbringing, childhood experience personal tendencies, character structure – emotional scripting, emotional punishment, rejection, comparisons) and environmental determinism (current situation, spouse, children, economy, national laws – someone or something in the environment).
Covey goes on to say on closer examination, we discover that between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose. We don’t have to function on “auto pilot”.
How accurate and functionally are these determinism’s? How accurately do they describe the territory? How accurately do they reflect our true nature? Are they self-fulfilling prophecies? Are they based on principles we can validate?
Victor Frankl’s whole family died in the camps except for his sister. He suffered in the camps as well like the others. While he did not know whether or not he was going to die he realized “the last of the human freedoms” which his captors could not control, they could control his environment and his body, but Frankl would look at himself and observe himself and his involvement. His identity was intact. He could decide within himself how all this was going to affect him. Between stimulus and response was his freedom to choose. He started to imagine himself outside of his current environment.
His ability to use his imagination grew and grew until he was freer than his captors. They had more liberty, but he had more freedom, more internal power to exercise his options.
Because of these traits we can use them to write new programs for ourselves.
At the Indigenous Wellness Training Society our recovery services are designed to assist the people we serve to share their stories. Our process is to provide both individual and group counselling to prepare our residents to share their stories. From our inception until August 17, 2017 we struggled to find the mechanism to help people share their stories.
The recent mechanism we have been trained in is the RedPath Model and we have found that this will allow us to help you share your story.
This model is an Aboriginal-specific model that was first developed as an Emotion Management-Program and delivered within the federal penitentiaries. As a result of its great success the model was then developed to address other concerns. This model teaches facilitators and front-line workers the crucial importance of emotional and social health.
We are excited to deliver this model to the community and help individuals share their stories.