Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA Media Page
Looking for an expert on addressing, handling and overcoming adversity?
Looking for a resource on strategies, mindsets and methodologies to encourage, motivate and empower individuals who have mental, emotional, and physical challenges?
Looking for an expert on resilience and how to navigate the system to empower the individual?
Looking for someone who has worked for the system as a masters level rehabilitation counselor and now is a participant in the system — who understands both sides of the system? —
Journalists, Radio Show Host, TV Producers, or Bloggers, do you also need a guest who is…
* very aware that you are under deadline and will get back to you quickly?
* able to capture your listener’s attention and inspires callers to phone in?
* quick on his feet and able to adroitly adjust regardless of the topic?
* able to inspire your audience to live life on life’s terms regardless of the present circumstances?
* an entertaining and informative guest with public speaking and radio experience?
* happy to “play” off the interviewer while engaging the audience?
Publications, Endorsements, Honors
Growth Point, social and therapeutic journal, Summer Edition 2007, Thrive, The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill Reading RG7 2AT email firstname.lastname@example.org My Journey thus Far
Brain Injury Association of Texas newsletter, Summer Edition 2007, Austin, Texas email email@example.com, My Journey thus Far
In Touch, newsletter, Summer Edition 2007, Westminster, Colorado, email Elaine@ImAlreadyHome.com
The Brain Injury Handbook, Rehab UK, September 2007, 62a, Peach Street Wokingham Berkshire, RG40 1XH email firstname.lastname@example.org
Transformation Times, October and November issues. Transformation Times is a mini-magazine, serving men and women of the armed services and their families and is published by Operation Life Transformed. My articles are listed under , Traumatic Brain Injury and Activities of Daily Living with in the mini-magazine. You can access the mini-magazine through http://lifetransformed.org/Documents/Oct_T_times_final_(3).pdf . Operation Life Transformed can be contacted through email@example.com
Note: Operation Life Transformed has also been recently accepted into the Department of Defense, America Supports You Program, the ultimate resource for finding homefront groups that support the military and their families.
European Brain Injury Society, E.B.I.S Newsletter Automne 2007 http://www.ebissociety.org/automn/newsletter-angl.htm http://www.ebissociety.org/ Rue de Londres, 17 – 1050 Bruxelles – Belgique My Journey thus Far
Brain Injury Association of Niagara, Newsletter January 2008 http://www.niagara.com/bian/default.htm , Traumatic Brain Injury and Displaced Energy
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Neuropsychology http://www.tbi.pmr.vcu.edu/ , My Journey thus Far, TBI Today Volume 6 Issue I — winter 2008 issue News, Ideas and Resources from the Virginia TBI Model System
Synapse — The Official Journal of the Brain Injury Associations of Australia — Winter 2008 ISSN 1448-9856 www.braininjury.org.au , Traumatic Brain Injury and Life
Site Meter — Second Chance to Live selected Featured Site of the Month August 2008 — http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=SECONDCHANCETOLIVE , Interview
Brain Injury Association of Niagara, Newsletter September & October ‘08 http://www.niagara.com/bian/ , Traumatic Brain Injury and Resilience
Hinds Feet Farm
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2842, Street Address: 14625 Black Farms Road Huntersville, NC, 28070-2842 Office (704) 992-1424 Fax (704) 992-1423 www.HindsFeetFarm.org
To Whom It May Concern:
This open letter endorses the powerful message Mr. Craig Phillips, MRC, BA, eloquently writes about as creator and author of the website, Second Chance to Live, (http://secondchancetolive.org/), and speaks about as an advocate and motivational speaker for people living with brain injury. Hinds’ Feet Farm is thankful that Mr. Phillips is part of our innovative, post-rehabilitation, community-based, day program as a contributing educator to our community.
The Hinds’ Feet Farm Day Program is a paradigm shift from the traditional medical, treatment, model for people living with brain injury, to a model that embraces a holistic health and wellness orientation, empowering members toward occupation and meaning in life post injury. Hinds’ Feet Farm is a person-centered, member empowered, self-determined, free choice, conceptualized and driven program. Members are self governing through the fluidity of the program by self-designing opportunities to engage in reestablishing and empowering occupation. Program staff, family and professional caregivers, in-kind community volunteers and student interns are guides for members in opportunities for exploration, discovery, confidence and self-esteem in their new identity and meaning in life post-injury.
Hinds’ Feet Farm initially invited Mr. Phillips to be a one time, guest speaker at our program. However, after hearing his message of hope and inspiration, members of our brain injury community wanted to hear more of how they too could embrace a second chance to live. With the driving force of triumph and celebration of the human spirit post brain injury, Mr. Phillips joins us monthly to share his life’s wisdom. Mr. Phillips’ is a peer mentor and life coach cheering our members on towards greater life fulfillment.
Mr. Phillips has a unique role in the local brain injury community of North Carolina and internationally, as a person living with a brain injury and as a professional in the rehabilitation counseling field. He knows first hand the brain injury continuum of care both as a survivor, and as a “thrivor”. My Phillips experience, strength and hope as a traumatic brain injury survivor and a masters level rehabilitation counselor enables him to immediately identify with both survivors and professionals simultaneously.
Mr. Phillips tailors each of his monthly session to our community’s needs and based on his blog postings, such as The Flight of the Butterfly, Traumatic Brain Injury and Isolation, What is my Destiny?. Mr. Phillips invites the members of our brain injury community toward a greater quality of life and their own second chance to live through well formatted presentations, opportunities for introspection to rediscovering one’s mission and vision in life through meaning and purpose, employing professional counseling skills, harnessing the power of group dynamics and process. Ever sensitive to and conscientious of his audience, Mr. Phillips welcomes the immediacy of feedback and lively dialogue. Mr. Phillips’ heartfelt message is masterfully crafted, awakens his audience to “carpe diem,” to pursue our dreams, and to live life to the fullest.
Hinds’ Feet Farm endorses and appreciates Mr. Phillips’ message that invites and empowers persons living with brain injury toward their own health and balance in their life journey. We are thankful for our reciprocal relationship with Mr. Phillips. Thank you Craig!
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Martin B. Foil III, CBIS
William P. DeGrauw, MS, CRC, CCM, CBIS
Day Program Director
Brain Injury Association of Niagara
Normandy Resource Centre, 111 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3C9
Phone: 905 984-5058 Fax: 905 984-5354
Website: niagara.com/bian Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 4, 2008
Craig J. Phillips
Subject: Second Chance to Live
As program director for The Brain Injury Association of Niagara, one of my responsibilities is to serve as facilitator for the peer groups for individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury.
We appreciate your expressed consent to allow us to share a selection of the articles in your Second Chance to Live blog with our participants.
Craig you personify not only what it is like for individuals who have sustained brain injury, but more importantly, to strive to be the best you can be, and make the most of your talents and gifts that you so generously share through the process of reciprocity…….by giving back so others may learn………families, caregivers, and especially providing enlightenment for those individuals who have sustained brain injury, who may identify, learn and gain wisdom from your insightful writing. It is important for us to promote awareness about brain injury as this does not resonate with the general public, unless it has touched their lives on a personal basis, as opposed to the topic of cancer, or diabetes for example.
You serve as a beacon to show the way……….reminding us that we do have control over the choices that we make…how we choose to act as oppose to react, maintaining a positive attitude and “by” not being limited by our circumstances or situation but encouraging us to look at our possibilities. Living life one day at a time and applying these strategies become an integral component in order for us to continue to moving forward in our personal journey post injury and that there is life after brain injury with many possibilities yet to unfold.
Your inspirational blog provides opportunities for others to abstract and apply some of these positive messages in their daily lives, and we hope that you will continue to share your messages of hope and encouragement by inspiring others to strive to new levels of achievement by turning adversity into opportunity! While we cannot change the direction of the wind, we can adjust our sails to meet the winds of change. Craig you remind us that those who weather change best are those who choose to embrace and adapt to it. Your inspirational messages continue to inspire others to chart their own course.
Kindest personal regards,
Pat Dracup, Program Director
Second Chance to Live — Selected SiteMeter.com Featured Site of August 2008
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friends. A little over 1 year ago I was extremely fortunate to be able to establish a rapport with Site Meter — the world wide renown stat counter. During the past year I have maintained contact with the staff at Site Meter. Approximately 1 month ago — after Second Chance to Live had been published through out the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia — I decided to contact Site Meter. The purpose of making contact with Site Meter at this time was to ask that they share Second Chance to Live with anyone who might benefit from my message of hope.
Several weeks went by and then I received an email from Site Meter. The email asked if I would be interested in having Second Chance to Live featured with in Site Meter’s newsletter and as their Featured Site of the Month. As you might imagine I was both thrilled and honored to be given such an awesome opportunity. My answer was YES. My contact at Site Meter asked me to complete a written interview to introduce Second Chance to Live to the Site Meter community. The written interview was completed earlier this week and my contact at Site Meter told me that Site Meter would be updating their web site and sending out their newsletter later this week.
When I arrived home this evening and checked my email, I received word from Site Meter that their web site had been updated to include Second Chance to Live as their Featured Site of the Month. The interview that I completed has also been added and posted on Site Meter’s Web Site. The web address for that interview can be accessed through this link: http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=SECONDCHANCETOLIVE/. Site Meter will be releasing their newsletter — which will introduce Second Chance to Live and my interview to the members of the Site Meter community world wide beginning tomorrow morning July 31.
Thank you so very much Site Meter for selecting Second Chance to Live to be your Featured Site of August 2008. I am both honored and humbled by your kindness.
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