Dateline: Mosjoen, Norway
The last stop on my training tour around northern Norway was Mosjoen. The large group of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, case managers, and physicians laughed uproariously when I talked about the bumpy, “white-knuckler” ride aboard the small twin-engine airplane that delivered me to the snowy, mountain-rimmed town. They were all to familiar with the peculiar path pilots must follow to navigate safely between the sharp, angular peaks populating the region.
Anyway, I’d been invited nearly two years earlier to conduct the day-long training on “what works in treatment.” The event was sponsored by Helgelandssykehuset-Mosjoen and organized by Norwegian practitioner Konrad Kummernes. I first met Konrad at a conference held in another beautiful location in Norway (is there any other type in this country?!), Stavanger–best known for its breathtaking Fjordes. The goal for the day in Mosjoen? Facilitate the collaboration between the many different services providers and settings thereby enabling the delivery of the most effective and comprehensive clinical services. Meeting Konrad again and working with the many dedicated professionals in Mosjoen was an inspiration. Here’s Konrad: