Better Days – A Fresh Approach for Developing Effective Coping Methods with Craig Lewis and Dr. Jamie Marich

NOTE: Intro through 2:59, then skip to 11:04 for balance of presentation. Sorry for the inconvenience, we expereinced technical difficulties.

In this webinar, Craig Lewis and Jamie Marich, will be discussing the reality that we all possess the ability to develop more effective coping methods. We honor that each person has a wealth of knowledge and self-expertise, that when tapped into, can radically improve the quality of our lives for the better. This is the ‘Better Days’ approach – that each person is the expert on themselves and therefore knows what sets them off, identifying what has successfully worked for them in dealing with the triggers they face, and accordingly, identifying what reactions that they may have had in the past, to those triggers that have resulted in continued disruption to their lives. Each of us has a choice, and this choice is the key to increased degrees of happiness, peace and life satisfaction. You are the expert on you and this is to be honored, valued, nurtured and respected.

You are one who can figure out how to best cope with your struggles and triggers, etc, by honoring your personal lived experience, knowledge and self-expertise. ‘Better Days’ can become part of your life, and without any question; with hard work, effort and time, the life you want can become yours.

Craig Lewis is a Certified Peer Specialist living and working in Massachusetts. He has struggled immensely throughout his life; however he has successfully transformed this into a life of wellness. Craig is successfully working as part of a Recovery Learning Community in Salem, Massachusetts. He also tours the country, speaking about his lived experience, sharing his struggles and triumphs to help others. Craig has authored and published the coping skills guide, Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook. Craig based the Better Days workbook on his personal life and recovery, and every page has been used successfully in peer support group settings. He has also has edited and published You’re Crazy Volume One which compiles first-hand accounts of people from the punk rock scene who live with mental health struggle, addiction and trauma. Craig can be contacted at: Please take a look at Craig’s websites for more information about his books, projects and events. WWW.BETTERDAYSRECOVERY.COM and WWW.PUNKSINRECOVERY.COM

Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer, recovery ambassador, and clinical counselor, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others. Marich travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice (Mindful Ohio) in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice ( and regularly trains facilitators to take this unique practice into both clinical and community settings. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her new book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation is scheduled for release in 2015 with Skylight Paths Press. Marich is also a certified rational living hypnotherapist and completed the Street Yoga trauma-informed yoga teacher training program. In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma (available on YouTube), and she made her first appearance on the popular Recovery 2.0 Conference with Tommy Rosen.


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