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 Program Available
The full Alternatives 2013 conference program is now available online - click here to view/download (PDF, 871KB, 48 pages).
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.
Alternatives Conference Registration is Now Open. Click here for additional info and a link for Online Registration.
Reservations may now be made for hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency, Austin, Texas at the discount conference rate. Visit the Hotel & Travel page for additional information.
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!