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December 4 – 7, 2013 | Austin, Texas

The National Empowerment Center is proud to announce Alternatives 2013. The national mental health conference organized by and for those in the mental health consumer/survivor/peer recovery movement will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas, from Wednesday, December 4, to Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Famous for its lively creative scene and positive social climate, Austin is a fitting location for a conference focused on revitalizing ourselves and our communities. Austin’s friendly accepting culture of individual expression has made it a vibrant and eclectic creative center and haven for people of all walks of life.

The theme of Alternatives 2013 is Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice.

Our individual and collective wellness is enhanced through creating caring, resilient, and strong communities that honor and embrace diversity. This year’s theme reflects the importance of valuing each individual as we build inclusive communities. Alternatives 2013 will serve as a catalyst for reenergizing our communities by providing opportunities to share skills and information about innovative peer-delivered supports, community-building initiatives, mental health recovery, wellness, and systems change.

Conference Coverage Available Now

If you were unable to attend, or wish to review the keynote speeches and selected workshops, P.E.E.R.S. provided comprehensive video and written coverage. Click here to access the conference coverage.

Conference Program Available

The full Alternatives 2013 conference program is now available online - click here to view/download (PDF, 871KB, 48 pages).

Audio Recordings Available

Audio recordings of Alternatives Conference workshop sessions are available from Dove Cassettes. Click here for additional info.

CEU Credits Available

We are pleased to announce that the Alternatives conference workshops and keynote sessions have been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) through the School of Social Work, the University of Texas at Austin.

Via Hope will award CEU credit for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) from Texas. For other states, we recommend you check with your state certification agency to confirm they recognize Alternatives as a source of CEUs. Click here for additional info.

You can stay informed about Alternatives by joining our Facebook groups

American Sign Language (ASL) introduction to Alternatives!

See this VLOG for basic information about the conference. If you require an ASL interpreter, please indicate so on your registration form!

We hope to see you at Alternatives 2013!

Alternatives 2010 is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration