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The next Alternatives Conference will be hosted by the National Empowerment Center and will take place autumn 2008

Searching for Funding to Attend Alternatives (pdf - 298KB, 4 pages)

Audiotapes or CD's of the Alternatives conference workshops and institutes may be ordered online at:

www.dovecassettes.com/0515.htm (2005)
www.dovecassettes.com/0608.htm (2006)
www.dovecassettes.com/0739.htm (2007)

Videotapes or DVD's of the keynote and plenary sessions may be ordered online at:


Alternatives 2005 was a resounding success!!

985 people registered and enjoyed learning from each other in both formal and informal ways. The workshops, institutes, and plenary sessions were well attended. We are grateful for the 250 extremely knowledgeable and well-prepared presenters who shared a wealth of information and technical assistance to further peer-operated services.

There were opportunities to create art, visit local programs, hike a mountain, participate in a Native American sweatlodge, attend a musical production, do QiGong and water aerobics, and perform at the open mic.

It was an exciting time as participants from all over the country and beyond came together and created the kind of community we all strive to create in our daily lives; one of mutual respect and support. People shared ideas and new information, and supported each other to push beyond current comfort zones and stretch into new ways of being and acting.

We appreciate the Hyatt Regency staff for their exceptional professionalism and their respectful and enthusiastic interaction with conference attendees.

The Phoenix volunteers went above and beyond in their support of all who attended Alternatives 2005. They provided opportunities for people to attend local events and volunteers responded enthusiastically to needs as they arose.

Some of the magic of the Alternatives conference is not only the ways we receive technical assistance, but the interactions where we are supported or share with others in unexpected, heart-connected ways that inspire us. We invite you to share examples of how you have been inspired by Alternatives 2005, by interactions of peer support, random acts of kindness, or whatever you would like to share, by emailing them to the NEC webmaster.

Keynote speech by A. Katheryn Power now available:

Contact information for presenters at the Alternatives Conference

We have received requests for contact information for the conference presenters. Those presenters who gave permission to have their contact information are listed here. If you presented at the conference and would like to be listed here, send an email to: j.shelley@power2u.org

Presenters Contact Information

“Leading the Transformation to Recovery: And Still We Rise”

Alternatives 2005 was funded by:

Logo of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Center for Mental Health ServicesU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services


Alternatives 2007 was held October 10-14, 2007 in St. Louis, MO


Spanning the Recovery Movement: Consumer Control and Choice.

The St. Louis Arch is a national monument that serves to symbolize our accomplishments in the past and our great hope for the future. With its structurally sound architecture and precise mathematical construction, it stands as a testament to the ability of the human mind to overcome tremendous obstacles and emerge with beauty and wonder. It spans the horizon as a tribute to those who have gone before and as a sign of what is to come. The Recovery Movement in the mental health system symbolizes both the triumph of the past and the anticipation of the future. The movement stands as a reminder for consumers, survivors, and ex-patients that we can emerge with beauty and wonder. Both those who have gone before and those who will follow after are witnesses to the expansive power and promise of innovative change.

Funding for Alternatives 2007 was made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.