Trainer Spotlight: Cheryl Sorrells

Q: How long have you been an Ukeru trainer?

A: 10 years

Q: What population do you work with? What inspired you to get into this field? 

A: We support adults with ID/DD. I was inspired by being able to help others reach their goals and seeing them succeed. 

Q: What part of Ukeru do you enjoy teaching the most and why?  

A: I enjoy teaching Comfort vs. Control. It’s very eye-opening when staff are taking this course for the first time and they see that they are already doing these things daily.

Q: What would you say to someone who is unsure about using Ukeru? 

A: Ukeru definitely works. Changing the way we do things, and doing them better can be a struggle at times. Even the people we support are learning from using the Ukeru philosophy with others. Here at Good Life, we haven’t used the physical portion in several years!

Q: What advice or tip would you give to a new Ukeru trainer? 

A: Make the class fun and interactive. Using ice breakers helps to get the energy going in class. Encourage people to ask questions and share their stories. 

Q: How has Ukeru impacted your life? 

A: There are people in my life who have PTSD and other mental health issues. Ukeru helps with making our lives better at home as well!

Q: What is your favorite quote or a motto that you like to live by? 

A: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” – Mulan

Q: What three words would you use to describe Ukeru?

A: Profound, Worthwhile, Mind-blowing