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October 24-26, 2016

NEC CEO Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D. to be the keynote speaker at the 12th Biennial Asia Pacific International Mental Health Conference

Asia Pacific International Mental Health Conference

Another world renowned keynote speaker is Dr Manaan Kar Ray, a UK psychiatrist who is joint lead for PROMISE, a framework transforming the nature of day to day interactions at the frontline. For more info, visit www.aspacmentalhealth16.com.au

Past Events

August 18, 2016

Free Webinar - Lessons Learned by Statewide Consumer-Run Organizations

Webinar Archive Now Available!

Please visit www.nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/p4ugoxgw26d to view.
Click to view PowerPoint slides (as PDF, 1.03MB, 29 pages)

Sponsored by SAMHSA and presented by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

Participants will learn about:

  1. Establishing a strong mission statement with goals and objectives
  2. Building a strong board
  3. How to establish strong, inclusive leadership
  4. Building a strong membership, with ongoing feedback to/from the board
  5. Training the grassroots to advocate passionately and how to be aware of critical issues
  6. Fund raising strategies

Moderator: Dr. Daniel Fisher, the executive director of the National Empowerment Center and the chairman of the board of directors for the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

Panelists: William Parke-Sutherland, Executive Director of Grassroots Empowerment Project (GEP), Anthony Fox, Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association and Sally Zinman, Executive Director of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO).

August 9, 2016, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Oryx CohenHope, Healing, and the ADA: A New Perspective on Mental Health

In recognition of the 26th Anniversary of the ADA, join us for ice cream and discussion with Oryx Cohen of the National Empowerment Center and Co-Producer of "Healing Voices" a new documentary.

26 years after the passage of the ADA it is clear that people with mental health and substance use issues are still far from a central concern in considering who has rights and who has responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It might be the right time and place to revitalize attention to integrating people with mental health and substance use conditions into the promise of the ADA.

RSVP: Stacy Hart, at the New England ADA Center - 800-949-4232 or shart@IHCDesign.org

 

June 20-22, 2016

Hearing Voices Facilitator Training: Holyoke, MA
Sponsored by Western Mass Recovering Learning Community

Monday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 22nd (9:30am to 4:30pm each day) with Caroline White and Marty Hadge @ the Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, Massachusetts. Click here for an application (required and due on Monday, April 11th, 2016).

Please e-mail info@westernmassrlc.org with any questions!

May 31-June 2, 2016

Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator Training #2: Somerville, MA
Sponsored by Western Mass Recovering Learning Community

Tuesday, May 31st to Thursday, June 2nd (9:30am to 4:30pm each day) with Lisa Forestell and Sean Donovan @Mystic View Task Force Community Room, 50 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, MA. Click here for an application (required and due on Monday, March 28th, 2016).

Alternatives to Suicide: The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (RLC) in 2009 as one of the only peer-to-peer groups that truly focuses on the topic of suicide. Rather than assessment and risk, these groups are based in creating a non-judgmental space in which to discuss suicide and other taboo topics. Currently, there are only a handful of Alternatives to Suicide groups in the country. However, with interest growing in the training and philosophy that makes up the foundation of this approach, we anticipate that more groups will soon begin popping up in Massachusetts and beyond. Join us and be a part of the movement.

Please e-mail info@westernmassrlc.org with any questions!

May 25, 2016

Free Webinar

Improving Relationships Between Police and the Mental Health Community

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

The National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center presents a webinar that includes best practices from both the police and mental health peer perspective. Research, collaboration models, and approaches to building better relationships, as well as tools and strategies for safely collaborating with police, will be offered with the ultimate goal of improving the relationship between mental health peers and police and reducing negative outcomes.

Purpose
The purpose of the Improving Relationships Between Police and Mental Health Community webinar is to provide both peers and police officers with new perspectives and tools to promote successful collaborative efforts, improve relationships, and reduce harm.

Learning Objectives
Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of improving relationships between peers and police officers
  • Learn from case examples about how peers and police can successfully work together
  • Identify effective approaches to initiating collaboration
  • Learn about at least two trainings that can help police improve their effectiveness when they encounter people in severe emotional crisis.

    Click here to register, OR copy and paste in your browser this link
    http://tinyurl.com/policeandmentalhealth

Presenters

Rebecca CokleyRebecca Cokley is the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability (NCD).
Cokley comes to NCD after serving 4 years in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she was the Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Before serving at ACL, Cokley was the Director of Priority Placement for Public Engagement in the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House where she was responsible for outreach to diversity and minority organizations to recruit qualified individuals for roles in the Obama Administration.

Alan GreenAlan Green, MPA , is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nebraska, Nebraska’s first and only peer-run mental health service provider. Programming includes the HOPE Program (EBP supported employment), the Keya House (peer respite), Honu Home (peer respite specifically for those transitioning from the state correction system), and statewide wellness/recovery education and advocacy. Mr. Green and MHA – Nebraska have developed a positive relationship with the local police department, and Mr. Green will be presenting with one of the police officers he works with.

Dwayne MayesDwayne Mayes - Currently the Coordinator of the Recovery Network of MHA-Westchester, Dwayne has worked in the Mental Health Peer industry since 1998. Formerly the Director of Howie the Harp Advocacy Center, Dwayne Mayes has climbed from "the bottom of the totem pole" to achieve tremendous success both personally and professionally and is absolute proof that recovery is real.

Brenda VezinaBrenda Vezina - A licensed social worker with 25 plus years in the field and a trauma survivor, Brenda Vezina is Executive Producer of the “Voice Award” honorable mention documentary “What Happened to You?" which speaks to the causes and effects of childhood trauma and their relationship to public health issues. Under her leadership, the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community offers a variety of professional trainings that are well respected and sought after in Central MA and beyond, including Trauma Informed Services, Health and Social Equity, and Professionalism in the Peer Workforce.

Sergeant John Walsh - John received a BA from the University of Kansas in 1992, and a police officer since 1995, serving three years with the Kansas City, KS PD, and the last 15 at the Lincoln Police Department. In 2005, John was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and currently serves as the Southeast Team Detective. John also serves as the liaison between the Lincoln Police and the mental health providers and consumers.

Moderator

Oryx CohenOryx Cohen - Oryx is a leader in the international consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement. Currently he is the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center Director. Oryx is featured in Agnes’s Jacket, a book by Gail Hornstein, where Oryx and fellow Freedom Center co-founder Will Hall are compared to the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Oryx is also a board member of the Hearing Voices Network USA and an Emotional CPR trainer. Oryx co-produced and stars in a film called HEALING VOICES, an award-winning film that will be released on and around April 29th, 2016.

April 25-26, 2016

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

Where: Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu.

Our Call for Proposals will begin on September 15, 2015, so be sure to submit your ideas to us early!

For more information, please visit us at www.pacrim.hawaii.edu, or feel free to e-mail us at prinfo@hawaii.edu, or call us at 1-808-956-7539.

April 11-13, 2016

Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator Training #1: South Hadley, MA
Sponsored by Western Mass Recovering Learning Community

Monday, April 11th to Wednesday, April 13th (9:30am to 4:30pm each day) with Caroline White and Sean Donovan @ the South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Click here for an application (required and accepted on a rolling basis until training is full).

Alternatives to Suicide: The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (RLC) in 2009 as one of the only peer-to-peer groups that truly focuses on the topic of suicide. Rather than assessment and risk, these groups are based in creating a non-judgmental space in which to discuss suicide and other taboo topics. Currently, there are only a handful of Alternatives to Suicide groups in the country. However, with interest growing in the training and philosophy that makes up the foundation of this approach, we anticipate that more groups will soon begin popping up in Massachusetts and beyond. Join us and be a part of the movement.

Please e-mail info@westernmassrlc.org with any questions!

March 11, 2016 (Class 2) [Class 1 was held January 13, 2016]

Certified Peer Specialist Program (CPS)

A rigorous training for people preparing for the Certified Peer Specialist role in the mental health system. CPS is not an entry- level position and the training is not geared to people just beginning to learn about peer support work.

The CPS program includes classes that covers 24+ modules including small group activities and homework. After completing the class, students are eligible to take a written and oral examination for the CPS Certificate. Students demonstrate a host of abilities that are necessary in the Certified Peer Specialist’s role, including:

  • Fundamentals of Peer Support
  • Cross-Cultural Partnering
  • Moving Through Fear
  • Human Experience Language

A Certified Peer Specialist has been trained to share his or her experiences in the mental health system and in recovery to effectively carry the message that “Recovery is Real!”  We share our experience, strength and hope with people using services, mental health professionals, policy makers and others in our lives.  A CPS can impact peoples’ beliefs about their own capacity to recover and challenge assumptions about the capacity of others to recover.

Class 2 Schedule: Easton, MA

Deadline to request an interview: 1/10/16
Interviews will be held January 4 – 15

The Brocktonian Room @ Stonehill College
16 Belmont St
Easton, MA 02357

Classes March 11 and 18
Overnight Retreat and Classes March 23, 24, 25
Classes April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Class 2 does NOT include an internship

Visit our website for more information: http://transformation-center.org/home/training/certified-peer-specialists

March 8, 2016

Free Webinar: Emotional CPR (eCPR): Creating a Culture of Recovery and Empowerment

March 8, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET, (12 noon – 1:00 pm PT)

Presenters: Dr. Daniel B. Fisher, Flora Releford, Stella Archer. Moderator: Maria Ostheimer

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a public health education program that equips people with the skills to assist a person who is experiencing an emotional crisis. While most people want to be helpful, they often don't know how to offer effective assistance to others. Through the informed and compassionate approach of eCPR, anyone can learn to assist individuals experiencing mental health challenges and how to be with them to prevent potential crises. Having a supportive community and people to turn to can prevent unnecessary tragedies.

Presenters will share the intentions of Emotional CPR (eCPR), a public health education program developed by people with lived experience of mental health recovery. When we incorporate the practice of eCPR into a community, we build resiliency, enhance the quality of all public health services, and help prevent the unnecessary use of costly services.

Click for more information and to register

March 2 + 3, 2016

Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workshop with Craig Lewis

This Better Days workshop helps guide each individual toward embracing and benefiting from the innate and experiential self-expertise that exists within each one of us. Life is certainly challenging at times and the reality is that we all feel pain and know what struggle, hurt and upset feel like. However, how we manage and cope with what life throws at us, is our choice.

Craig Lewis, the facilitator of this workshop, is an International Mental Health Activist, Author and Trainer, an impassioned Peer Counselor and a Trauma Survivor.

This workshop enthusiastically nurtures the concept that being personally responsible for our words and actions is integral for us to be able to live a happy, healthy and satisfying life. Without any question, self-expertise, examining our thoughts and actions and intentionally choosing to take self-identified and directed steps forward, results in Better Days.

This cost for this workshop is $40 (includes a copy of the ‘Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook). This workshop is approximately 2.5 hours in total length. Please register in advance by emailing: betterdaysrecovery@gmail.com

Wednesday March 2 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio
234 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Sorry, it appears the March 2nd Workshop is sold out - Contact Craig at: betterdaysrecovery@gmail.com regarding scholarships, last minute registration, and for more information about hosting a Better Days workshop and with any other questions.

Thursday March 3rd from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Framingham Center for Healing, LLC
50 Lexington Street #2 Framingham, MA

December 17, 2015

Robert Whitaker

Book Talk with Robert Whitaker

Join us for an afternoon with Robert Whitaker, award winning journalist and author of Mad in America. Robert will discuss his latest book, Psychiatry Under the Influence (co-written with Lisa Cosgrove), followed by a Q&A session. His new book investigates how pharmaceutical influences and psychiatry’s own guild interests have corrupted academic psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Robert will cover topics including:

  • Biology of mental disorders and validity of diagnoses in the APA’s diagnostic manual and how the public has been misled.
  • Influences that have led psychiatry to mislead the public about the safety and efficacy of psychiatric drugs.
  • Influences that have encouraged the expansion of diagnostic boundaries and led to biased clinical practice guidelines.

Details:

December 17th, 2pm to 4pm at Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA

Co-sponsored by Advocates & the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community

October 14th through 18th, 2015

Alternatives 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee

Belief in recovery changes lives! The Alternatives Conference has offered the newest and best information about peer recovery approaches for almost thirty years. This year, we focus on the power of believing in ourselves, our cultures, and each other. Belief in the promise of peer support and recovery, along with the evidence to support it, has transformed the mental health system and helped grow a national and international community of peers and supporters.

Once each year, we gather together to share in a mutual learning process, highlighting our gifts and contributions. The Alternatives Conference reignites our passion and strengthens our commitment to create a world that honors us as full, contributing members of our communities. We are compassionate, and caring leaders who seek to build a better future by learning from each other and moving forward together.

Visit www.altcon2015.net  |  Click to download flyer

October 9, 2015

Bruce Levine

Please come join us to hear Bruce E. Levine on

NIMH’s Latest Findings, Society, and the Battle for Democracy

Recent announcements by the director of the National Institute of Mental Health with respect to the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, the DSM, and the treatment of people diagnosed with schizophrenia call for changes in mental health treatment. However, many patients and their families remain unaware of these NIMH findings. What about our society keeps mental health professionals from implementing changes that would provide for greater informed choice? What can we do to facilitate change that would provide for greater democracy in mental health?

When: Friday October 9th, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST
Where: Advocates, 1881 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701
Admission is: Free!
Register at: http://bruceelevine.whindo.com

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics, and psychology intersect. His latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (2011). Earlier books include Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic (2007) and Commonsense Rebellion (2001). A practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, he is a regular contributor to Salon, CounterPunch, AlterNet, Truthout, Z Magazine, and the Huffington Post. His articles and interviews have been published in the New York Times, Adbusters, and numerous other magazines.

Website: http://brucelevine.net

October 9, 2015

The 2015 MindFreedom Mini Conference:
Continuing the Creative Revolution in Mental Health

In July, 2014, 100 + people gathered at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT for the MindFreedom Creative Revolution Conference. It was notable for its unique format and the commitment from participants to promote approaches that support self determination and safe, humane and effective options in mental health. This year we are delighted to be affiliated with the ISEPP annual conference, Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model. Please join us to continue the creative revolution.

We have invited people with knowledge and experience in the following approaches or “tracks” to help participants learn about, create and promote them far and wide. The tracks are:

  • Open DialogueSoteria House
  • Peer Respite
  • Hearing Voices Support Group
  • The Sunrise Center for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
  • Intentional Peer Support

We invite you to bring your interest and energy to work on continuing this movement.
The conference will open with a keynote address and brief presentations on each of the tracks. In the afternoon we will break into track groups for in-depth information, discussion and work. More information will be available soon.

Save the Date Flyer (PDF, 137KB, one page)

September 18, 2015, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workshop, with Craig Lewis

Workshop Description:

This workshop is intended to help guide each individual toward embracing and benefiting from the innate and experiential self-expertise that exists within each one of us. Life is certainly challenging at times and the reality is that we all feel pain and know what struggle, hurt and upset feel like. However, how we manage and cope with what life throws at us, is our choice. Craig Lewis, the facilitator of this workshop, is a Certified Peer Specialist, and a person who has fought his way through debilitating despair and dysfunction, in order to have the privilege to be able to help others do the same. This workshop enthusiastically nurtures the concept that being personally responsible for our words and actions is integral for us to be able to live a happy, healthy and satisfying life. Without any question, self-expertise, examining our thoughts and actions and intentionally choosing to take self-identified and directed steps forward, results in Better Days.

Workshop Goals:

  • Identify that each individual has a wealth of insight and understanding that can be applied toward their wellness journey.
  • Instill that introspective examination of one’s thoughts and actions, past, present and future, can result in increased periods of peace and wellness throughout their lives.
  • Develop and embrace a realistic perspective on how to handle the many challenges that arise in life and to do so while being less impacted by the disruption that those challenges may bring.

Workshop Details:

Craig will share some of his story of what he experienced throughout his life and how he got to where is today. This workshop includes an introduction to perspectives that can help one live more peacefully and with less disruption to their lives; Breakout groups using sample Better Days worksheets; Group discussion; Q&A; All workshop attendees will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect; Validation, hopefulness, personal responsibility, empowerment and the belief that life can improve, will be the strongest messages conveyed.

Contact the Better Days Workshop facilitator, Craig Lewis, at: betterdaysrecovery@gmail.com with any questions and for more information about the Better Days workbook, workshop and for any other reason.

Location: The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio, 234 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts
Website: www.BetterDaysRecovery.com

For more info, and to register: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139092366

September 11, 2015 (Part 2 of a two part series)

Two-Part Webinar Series sponsored by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (Part 1 occured Aug 20, 2015)

Peer Support and Innovative Prison Reentry Programs

About the Webinar Series

SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Association of State Correctional Administrators are pleased to announce a two-part webinar series focusing on the successful and innovative use of peers and peer support in state correctional facilities. Attendees will learn about the innovative use of peers and successful collaborations between correctional facilities and peer operated programs in providing a wide array of reentry services. The first webinar will highlight three exemplary programs and the second will focus on how to develop, implement, fund, sustain and expand these programs in state correctional facilities.

Target Audience

  • Correctional Staff and Administrators
  • Correctional Clinical and Medical Staff and Administrators
  • Parole and Probation Staff and Administrators
  • Reentry Staff and Administrators
  • Consumer Run Technical Assistance and Training Providers
  • Community Based Behavioral Health Providers
  • Peers Working in Correctional Facilities
  • Federal, State and Local Policy Makers
  • Advocates

Aug 24-26, 2015

WRAP® Goes to Washington!
4th International WRAP® Around the World Conference

Location: Hyatt Regency, Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Copeland Center is pleased to announce the next WRAP Around the World Conference on August 24-26, 2015 in Washington, DC. We hope you will join us for this grassroots conference that brings together the WRAP community! Conference registration: $425. WRAP Facilitator Refresher and Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator Refreshers will be offered post conference-see below.

Check out the interactive schedule. More workshops, speakers, and events are being confirmed each day, so check back regularly! 

Confirmed Sessions:

  • WRAP for Reducing Clutter
  • The Transformative Power of WRAP: Putting WRAP to Work in Mental Health Service Provider Organizations
  • The Wellness Movement: Creating Community Connections through WRAP
  • WRAP for Housing
  • Communicating WRAP
  • Creating Connections Through Communication
  • WRAP® for People with Developmental Distinctions: Panel Presentation
  • Using WRAP in Jail Diversion Programs
  • Bringing WRAP to School
  • Don't Let The Diagnosis Kill You
  • Strategies for Well-Being

For more info, and to register, please go to http://copelandcenter.com/wrap-around-world-2015

Aug 20-23, 2015

NARPA WASHINGTON DC 2015
ANNUAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

Embassy Suites Washington DC - Convention Center, District of Columbia

Conference Keynotes and Highlights

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Author,
Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic and Commonsense Rebellion

Robert Fleischner , J.D., Center for Public Representation,
National Expert on Advance Directives, Guardianship, & P&A Access
Litigator - Community Integration, Prison Mental Health, Juvenile Justice cases

Robert Dinerstein, J.D., American University Washington School of Law
Author, Law Professor & Director of Disability Rights Clinic

Chacku Mathai, CPRP
Director, STAR Center -
SAMHSA TA Center for Consumer-Peer Run Programs

Leah Harris
Storyteller, Human Rights Activist, and Survivor
Coordinator, Recovery Now! Campaign

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) & Social Work Continuing Education units planned.

Special Presentation:

Recent Developments in Mental Health Law -2015
Annual plenary by legal scholar presenting updates and interpretation on the most recent legal cases affecting disability rights and mental health law.

And many more workshops by well-known advocates, activists and attorneys from the disability rights community.

Check www.narpa.org for conference updates!
Full schedule at http://narpa.org/2015/Schedule.NARPA-2015.htm
To Register - http://www.narpa.org/NARPA_registration%20form_2015.pdf

Aug 5, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Webinar: We Are the Evidence: Evaluation of Peer Programs

The National Empowerment Center presents a webinar that includes Jean Campbell, who helped establish Consumer-Operated Service Programs (COSPs) as evidence-based practices, Laysha Ostrow of Live and Learn, and Bevin Croft of Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). The webinar will stress the importance of good evaluation of peer programs, offer helpful tips, and use peer respites as a case study.

Click here for more info, and to register!

July 31, 2015, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workshop

Workshop Description:

This workshop is intended to help guide each individual toward embracing and benefiting from the innate and experiential self-expertise that exists within each one of us. Life is certainly challenging at times and the reality is that we all feel pain and know what struggle, hurt and upset feel like. However, how we manage and cope with what life throws at us, is our choice. Craig Lewis, the facilitator of this workshop, is a Certified Peer Specialist, and a person who has fought his way through debilitating despair and dysfunction, in order to have the privilege to be able to help others do the same. This workshop enthusiastically nurtures the concept that being personally responsible for our words and actions is integral for us to be able to live a happy, healthy and satisfying life. Without any question, self-expertise, examining our thoughts and actions and intentionally choosing to take self-identified and directed steps forward, results in Better Days.

Contact the Better Days Workshop facilitator, Craig Lewis, at: betterdaysrecovery@gmail.com with any questions and for more information about the Better Days workbook, workshop and for any other reason. I would love to work with you in bringing this workshop to your community, place of employment or center, etc, so please get in contact if you have interest.

Preregistration required!!! Please share with your friends and contacts!!

Where: 234 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915
Full Info and Registration - http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139092366

July 29 & 30, 2015, 9am - 5pm each day

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is pleased to offer a Two-Day eCPR Practitioner Training in Portland, OR. USA

Open to the Public!

4837 NE Couch Street, Portland, Or. 97213. Space is limited, so register early. The cost for the training (including lunch both days, parking and materials) is $275. More information and online registration available here.

May 18 & 19, 2015

31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity

Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

The 2015 Call for Proposals will be open from September 1, 2014. We want your proposals! We are looking for your creative ideas to build the just, sustainable and inclusive future we all want! To learn more visit: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu, email prinfo@hawaii.edu or call us at (808) 956-7539.

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspectives across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

In 2015, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research. We all strive to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings. Together, we can harness the tremendous synergy generated by the intermingling and cross-fertilization of diverse perspectives, and ‘spread the word’ as we continue our professional and personal life journey.

Take your first steps to the islands by visiting the website: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. Then join us in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.

April 27 - 30, 2015

Hearing Voices Group Facilitator Training

Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community.
Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

Please click here for more information

December 15 - 19, 2014

Intentional Peer Support Core Training

For over ten years, we have been training folks working in human services all over the world on why and how to build mutual relationships that are energizing, co-creative, and explorative. We are a trauma-informed approach that focuses on staying connected, paying attention to worldview, shifting from helping to learning, and above all, creating relationships that open up new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. IPS is for people with lived experience using mental health services, for people practicing peer support, and for anyone working in human service roles who want to create more mutuality in their relationships.

You can explore more about IPS on our website: www.intentionalpeersupport.org and read testimonials from our trainings at www.intentionalpeersupport.org/testimonials.

Click here for the flyer

If you have any questions, please be in touch. We hope to see you and/or some of your staff soon!

October 14, 2014

STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership:
Featuring an Interview with Lauren Spiro

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Every day we are faced with opportunities to make a real difference in our communities. Do we offer our unique contribution or just keep it to ourselves?

Lauren’s Dialogues of Discovery model is a testament to the power of dialogue to transform consciousness and an invitation to explore topics such as: How to redefine who you are, how to fill the emptiness in your soul, and how to learn to forgive - ourselves as well as others who have harmed us. Lauren will discuss how to discover your vision of how you want the community or the world to be and what specific steps you can begin taking towards that vision.

This month’s Community of Practice features an interview with Lauren Spiro. Fueled by a vision of an America where every individual is respected and included as a valued member of the community, Lauren’s work focuses on developing our capacity for compassion, appreciating the vast creativity of the human mind, and building pathways so everyone may come home. She consults on several Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s contracts and her memoir, Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace was published in 2014 . She has an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology. For more information see www.Laurenspiro.com.

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership and Action for a featured interview with Lauren Spiro to hear more about Lauren’s view of her own leadership style, her personal standards for leadership and how we can best support and develop leadership with each other.

October 10, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Time

Hearing Voices Training Webinar - A webinar by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA is one of over 20 nationally based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. This webinar will be available to SAMHSA’s state/community stakeholders.

Goals of the Hearing Voices Network USA Include:

Raising awareness about voice hearing, visions and other unusual or extreme experiences

Supporting anyone who has had these experiences by providing opportunities to talk about them freely and without judgment

Supporting anyone who has had these experiences to explore, understand, learn and grow from them in their own way

Supporting individuals providing support, family, friends and the general community to broaden their understanding and ability to support individuals who have had these experiences

Presenters: Oryx Cohen, M.P.A., Director of the National Empowerment Center’s (NEC’s) Technical Assistance Center and Marty Hadge, a trainer for The Hearing Voices Network USA and Peer Facilitator for the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Instructions for joining the October 10th webinar go to http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/hearingvoices, and enter your name as a guest.

October 9-12, 2014

Mad in America's International Film Festival

Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. 

The Festival’s Mission

Our Film Festival’s mission is to foster the pursuit of social justice and human rights by bringing together an international collective of voices, perspectives, and artistic presentations that challenge the current mental health system and explore alternative understandings of “mental illness.”  We have confirmed speakers coming from across the United States, England, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada, all of whom share a commitment to rethinking psychiatry and the current mental health system, and to cultivating effective alternatives.  Film submissions have been coming in steadily, and we are growing a fantastic list of short, feature, foreign, and student films to be screened, as well as building a lineup of speakers and panels that will explore themes and ideas relevant to our mission.  Our event will be rooted in education and consciousness-raising, community building, and, of course, recreation and fun!

Program Highlights

In addition to films, we are pleased to be bringing Elizabeth Kenny’s highly acclaimed one-woman play, SICK, to our Festival, and we are hoping to secure a musical performance by an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who’s taking Ireland by storm with a new album he’s written in response to his discontent with conventional psychiatric care.  We’ll be welcoming everyone to the Festival on Thursday evening with an opening night cocktail party with fantastic food and a cash bar, and drawing our Festival to a close with a celebratory Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, with, again, fantastic food, a cash bar, live music, awards, and other festivities.

Tickets Now on Sale! Please visit www.madinamericainternationalfilmfestival.com

October 5-7, 2014

Peerpocalypse

Seaside Civic & Convention Center
Seaside, Oregon

More information coming soon!
www.peerpocalypse.com

September 3 – 6, 2014

NARPA Seattle 2014

For more than 30 years, the National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy (NARPA) has provided an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. We learn from each other and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric labels & developmental disabilities.

DoubleTree Hotel - SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

Click here to view the call for proposals(PDF, 201KB, 2 pages).

Check www.narpa.org or e-mail narpa@aol.com for updates.

July 24 - 27, 2014

MindFreedom Conference Retreat on Choice in Mental Health

The Choice in Mental Health committee of MindFreedom International recognizes the need for alternatives and to build intentional communities. The conference invites people who are interested and have developed alternatives to the mental health system. The goal of the conference is to inspire and encourage more people to develop alternatives to the mental health system. The conference will focus on four themed groups: Drug-withdrawal programs, Peer-run respite programs, Open- Dialogue Based programs, and Soteria- like programs.

The goals for each workgroup are to help facilitate the creation and development of those alternatives—in particular allowing time for a rich dialogue to unfold among participants about the concrete details of opening and running each alternative. After the workgroup meetings conference participants will be invited to take part in a healing modality such as yoga, acupuncture, reiki, etc. Our Keynote Speakers will be Robert Whitaker and Mary Ellen Copeland.

MindFreedom Conference Retreat on Choice in Mental Health , 24 to 27 July 2014, at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA. Registration includes everything: Conference fee, lodging and meals. Once slots are full, we will announce a waiting list.

Click here for details/registration form (PDF, 612KB, 4 pages)

June 13, 2014

Psychosis 2.0

New understandings and effective ways of working with and healing from psychosis. Features talks by Eleanor Longden, John Read, Will Hall, Keris Myrick, Michael Cornwall, and Rufus May.

Hart House
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Click here for a flyer

June 4, 2014

Webinar: Using Emotional CPR (eCPR) to Implement Systems Transformation

Person-centered planning requires a system-wide shift in communication, as well as adaptation of recovery-oriented, trauma-informed values. This webinar will provide administrators, managers, and providers of mental health services with essential communication tools needed to transform their systems to being recovery-based and empowerment focused. Presenters will share about the components of Emotional CPR (eCPR), a public health education program developed by people with lived experience of mental health recovery.

An understanding of eCPR skills and values can help stakeholders to develop and implement recovery supports for people who receive mental health services. eCPR skills can also be used to more effectively collaborate with service recipients and other stakeholders. Decision-makers will learn to embody the dialogical approach needed to transform behavioral healthcare systems from maintenance to recovery. Presenters will share how eCPR has impacted and improved community mental health systems.

Click here for instructions for joining the June 4th Webinar at 1:30 pm ET
No advance registration is needed.

Presenters:
Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD
Dan's life's purpose comes from his lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia, which inspired him to dedicate himself to helping others find their voice and recover. He earned an MD, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has practiced as a board-certified, community psychiatrist for 30 years. In 1992, he co-founded the federally-funded National Empowerment Center and serves as its executive director. He was a commissioner on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2002-03.

W. Reid Smithdeal, MSW, LCSW
Reid is the Recovery Services Manager for Meridian Behavioral Health Services where
he coordinates clinical services and serves on the Leadership Team providing oversight and support to a number of programs. He believes that services should be focused on “human need” rather than medical necessity and that “the system” often gets in the way of people recovering. These beliefs guide his advocacy efforts around systematic change. Reid Smithdeal received an AAS in Human Services Technology from Central Piedmont Community College, 2001; BSW from Appalachian State University, 2004; and MSW from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007.

Lauren Spiro, M.A.
Fueled by a vision of an America where every individual is respected and included as a valued member of the community, Lauren’s work focuses on developing our capacity for compassion, appreciating the vast creativity of the human mind, and building pathways so everyone may come home. A schizophrenia survivor, she is associate director of National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery and has an M.A. in clinical/community psychology. Her memoir, Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace was just published. For more information see www.Laurenspiro.com.

June 2, 3, and 4, 2014

3-Day Hearing Voices Network Group Facilitator Training, sponsored by the Connecticut Hearing Voices Network

Spend three whole days with the experts from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community learning to facilitate a Hearing Voices Network support Group. You do not have to be a Voice Hearer to be a Facilitator.

June 2, 3, and 4, 2014 - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Connecticut Women's Consortium
2321 Whitney Ave., Hampden, CT

The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experience of hearing voices. It assumes that hearing voices (as well as seeing visions and other sensory experiences) can be a normal part of human experiences with a variety of meanings for people. Hearing Voices Support Groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Click here to view flyer for all events

May 29, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

Webinar - It Takes a Community: Learning Together about Tools and Strategies to Support People through Emotional Distress

There are many ways that community members can be equipped to provide an informed and compassionate approach to assist individuals facing mental health issues and to prevent potential crises. While most people want to be helpful, they often don't know how to offer effective assistance to others. We all struggle at times, whether due to depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges, or simply the stresses and challenges of daily life. In these situations, the support of others can make a significant and meaningful difference. Having a supportive community and people to turn to can prevent unnecessary tragedies.

Presenters: Leah Harris, M.A., Lisbeth Riis Cooper, Tom Murray, Ph.D.

Click here for more information and to register.

May 22, 2014

Webinar: Emotional CPR (eCPR): A Trauma-Informed Approach

May 22, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST
Click here to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/787636030

Trauma-informed approaches operate under the assumption that people who are experiencing emotional distress or emotional crisis have often experienced some form of trauma in their lives. The central question of a trauma-informed approach is not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” Sometimes individuals are not fully aware of the relationship between past traumas and their current struggles and eCPR provides an opportunity for asking such questions. As we develop a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma, we can work together to heal and move forward with our lives.

This webinar will examine the relationship between eCPR and trauma-informed approaches. Emotional CPR (eCPR) has fully incorporated trauma-informed approaches into every aspect of its mental health promotion efforts. eCPR may be used on both individual and community levels. When we incorporate the practice of eCPR into a community, we build resiliency, enhance the quality of all public health services, and at the same time help prevent the unnecessary use of costly services.

Presenters:
Daniel Fisher, MD, PhD: Dan’s life purpose comes from his lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia, which inspired him to dedicate himself to helping others find their voice and recover. He earned an MD, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has practiced as a board-certified, community psychiatrist for 30 years. In 1992, he co-founded the federally-funded National Empowerment Center and serves as its executive director. He was a commissioner on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2002-03.

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, is a therapist, trainer, and community development worker whose recovery from a schizophrenia diagnosis has put him at the forefront of innovations in mental health care internationally. Host of the FM radio program Madness Radio and a longtime organizer with The Icarus Project, Will's writing has appeared in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health Care and in Oxford University Press's Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Will has been widely featured in the media, including the New York Times, Forbes, and Newsweek magazine. Will is co-founder of the training organization www.PracticeRecovery.com, and has a certificate in Open Dialogue from the Institute for Dialogic Practice. More info at www.willhall.net.

Lauren Spiro, MA: Fueled by a vision of an America where every individual is respected and included as a valued member of the community, Lauren’s work focuses on developing our capacity for compassion, appreciating the vast creativity of the human mind, and building pathways so everyone may come home. A schizophrenia survivor, Lauren currently consults on several Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s contracts and has been featured on two television shows. She is an artist and holds a M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology. Her memoir, Living for Two:  A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace was published in March, 2014. For more information see www.LaurenSpiro.com.

May 19 & 20, 2014

30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information email prinfo@hawaii.edu, or call 808 956-7539. Please visit our website at www.pacrim.hawaii.edu for more information.

May 17, 2014

Pacific Rim International Forum on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information email prinfo@hawaii.edu, or call 808 956-7539. Please visit our website at www.pacrim.hawaii.edu for more information.

May 14, 15, and 16, 2014 - Two Locations (see also June 2, 3, and 4, 2014)

3-Day Hearing Voices Network Group Facilitator Training, sponsored by the Connecticut Hearing Voices Network

Spend three whole days with the experts from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community learning to facilitate a Hearing Voices Network support Group. You do not have to be a Voice Hearer to be a Facilitator.

May 14, 15, and 16, 2014 - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
1635 Central Ave., Bridgeport, CT

The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experience of hearing voices. It assumes that hearing voices (as well as seeing visions and other sensory experiences) can be a normal part of human experiences with a variety of meanings for people. Hearing Voices Support Groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Click here to view flyer for all events

May 9, 2014

Webinar: Peer Supports: What Exactly Does That Mean?

May 9, 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST

The world of Peer Support continues to expand. This webinar will provide consumers, administrators, managers and providers with an historical look at Peer Supports, examples of successful Peer Support implementation, and the latest communication from CMS regarding Medicaid reimbursement of these important supports. Presenters will cover the topics of Adult Peer Supports, Youth Peer Supports, and Family Peer Supports.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of the role Peer Support providers can play in addressing the growing need for an expanded mental health workforce. By tapping into this emerging, non-traditional pool, organizations can greatly enhance both the quality and volume of services and supports that are provided within their community. Presenters will share indicators that demonstrate that individuals often cite a greater level of comfort and higher satisfaction when Peer Support providers are involved in the supports and services received.

Presenters: Mental Health America, Youth Move, National Federation of Families

Click here for instructions for joining the May 9th webinar

May 7 Through July 7, 2014

Expanding Behavioral Health Community-Based Crisis Response Systems: A Webinar Series

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the upcoming series of 6 webinars on how to expand community-based crisis response services and systems beginning May 7, 2014 and running every two weeks through July 15. These webinars will describe new and emerging crisis response practices across a continuum of need that includes pre-crisis planning, early intervention, crisis stabilization, and post-crisis support. In addition, the webinar series will explore the types of outcomes sought for different approaches, how these approaches are financed, and provide State and local examples. Registration is free. Click here for detailed information.

May 6, 2014

Developing Your Personal Story of Mental Health Recovery

This 1-hour webinar focuses on crafting an engaging well-balanced personal narrative about mental health challenges through demonstration of essential elements with examples from recorded presentations. For additional information on this presentation, click here.

When - Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, From 10:00-11:00am PDT
Presenters:

Patrick Michaels: Assistant Research Director for Resource Development, The Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment

Malia Javier Fontecchio: Stigma Discrimination Reduction Program Coordinator at Project Return Peer Support Network

David Castro: Central Valley Stigma Discrimination Reduction Consultant

For more information on our presenters, click here.
Click here to register

May 4, 2014

National Mental Health & Dignity Day

We at the National Empowerment Center endorse National Mental Health & Dignity Day, a peaceful social justice movement that is the culmination of decades of fighting for an end to prejudice and discrimination against people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. By proclaiming May 4th National Mental Health & Dignity Day, the goal of this movement is to achieve equality under the law, the right of all individuals to choose their own paths to wellness and recovery, and the right to be the architects of their own destinies. We stand with this movement for social justice, on the shoulders of giants, in the struggle to end all civil rights violations. We join with them in their efforts to help create a different future for individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses, and pay homage to the millions who have gone before. On May 4th, groups in California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Washington DC, will hold events in their communities to celebrate wellness and recovery, and to raise their voices and demand that all individuals are treated as equal members of society. Together, we are strong.

To learn more about this effort visit their website: www.mentalhealthdignityday.org where you will find links to their social media, promotional video, national press release and fundraising campaign.

May 1, 2014

Expanding Your Social Media Presence

Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST)
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/951210686

Description: Are you already blogging or using tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but wonder how you can use social media more efficiently to reach more people? What are some ways to develop a social media strategy, and how do you measure your effectiveness over time? These and other questions will be addressed in this webinar featuring the award-winning PEERS media team. Whether you're looking to expand your own social media presence or that of your peer-run organization or project, this webinar is for you. At 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST we will conclude the presentations/Q&A, and invite you to join a real-time Tweet chat to practice skills to increase your effectiveness on Twitter. We invite you in advance of the webinar to create a Twitter account if you do not already have one. You can use the hashtag #peerschat on Twitter at 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST to participate in the chat.

Note: This is not an "introduction to social media" webinar, but all skills and experience levels are welcome. To access NEC's 2012 introductory webinar on social media, visit www.power2u.org/information-technology.html

Presenters from the PEERS Media Team:

Jenee Darden, Web Content and PR Specialist
Shannon Eliot, Communications Manager
Sherman Park, Video Production Specialist
Kelechi Ubozoh, Statewide Project Coordinator

Visit www.peersnet.org/staff to see their full biographies.

April 29, 2014

STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action

April 29, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Register Now!

Facilitator: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, STAR Center Director

Description: The STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaboration is for you, if you are involved in mental health systems transformation at any level and you are interested in taking your community organizing and leadership skills to the next level.

Learning objectives:

  • Define principles and factors that make collaboration work
  • Discuss facilitative leadership skills and approaches
  • Determine opportunities and challenges for collaborative action across communities

What is a Community of Practice? Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. ~ Etienne Wenger-Trayner

The STAR Center Community of Practice involves:

  • Open monthly web-conference presentation
  • Dialogue and experience sharing between participants
  • Optional homework and practical application exercises
  • Mentoring and network development

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action!

April 24, 2014

Successful Crowdfunding: Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned

Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST (12:00 - 1:30 PM PST)
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/532584974

The Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution put out data showing the overall crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012, across more than 1 million individual campaigns globally. How can persons with lived experience and peer-run organizations leverage crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe to raise funds for a variety of peer support, arts, and social change projects? Representatives from three successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns will share their lessons learned as to how to get the most out of crowdfunding efforts. These include: crafting an effective fundraising video, leveraging social media and other linkages to raise awareness of the campaign, and crafting a sustainable and achievable rewards program for campaign backers.

Presenters:

Oryx Cohen, NEC's Technical Assistance Center Director, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $22,000 to produce a film about the Hearing Voices movement entitled "Healing Voices."

Leah Harris, NEC's Director of Communications and Development, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign for Madness Radio, a monthly podcast featuring alternative views on mental health, that successfully raised over $23,000.

Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate who created a Kickstarter campaign for Live Through This, a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors, raising nearly $23,000.

April 24, 2014

Join Us For The Second Annual TEXT-ENABLED CONVERSATION ON MENTAL HEALTH

All day April 24th

It's easy. To get started, send a text to "start" at 89800. Talk in groups of 4-5 people about the issues presented. Then Act - Be part of the change!

What is this? Across the country, people will get together for one-hour, small conversations on mental health. Each group will have polling questions, discussion topics & facilitation suggestions delivered to them via text message.

Why do it? Mental health is one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. Let's have a candid dialogue to think about actions we can each take to strengthen mental health on our campuses & our communities.

@MentalHealthCCS, #TEXTTALKACT

Sign up now! www.bit.ly/texttalkact

APRIL 23, 2014

ISPS-US PRESENTS: VOICE DIALOGUE:

Accepting, Liberating and Sharing the Voice Hearing Experience

WEDNESDAY APRIL 23, 2014, 10 AM- 4 PM

Association for Research and Enlightenment of New York (ARE)
241 West 30th Street (Between 7th & 8th Ave) 2nd Floor
New York, NY

This workshop, led by Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor of Working to Recovery, looks at the practice of working with and talking to voices, using the techniques developed in self help hearing voices groups by pioneers like Ron Coleman, Prof. Marius Romme, Rufus May, Eleanor Longden and Dr. Dirk Corstens, who used the Stones theory of voice dialoguing as an explanation and theory behind the techniques.

Click here to view flyer (PDF, 22KB, 2 pages)

Dan FisherApril 4, 2014

First Fridays with BRSS TACS

On-Call Technical Assistance Office Hours with Leaders in the Recovery Field

First Fridays with BRSS TACS is an opportunity for participants to meet with nationally recognized leaders to discuss specific recovery related topics each month. Participants join by calling the phone number provided and entering the "Adobe Connect Room" online by clicking the link provided.

Questions and comments will be moderated by a BRSS TACS team member.

Join us on Friday April 4, 2014 to speak with Dan Fisher from the National Empowerment Center

Topic: Hiring Persons with Lived Experience within the Behavioral Healthcare System
Who: Dan Fisher
Date: Friday April 4, 2014
Time: Noon-1 p.m. ET
Where:http://center4si.adobeconnect.com/firstfridays
Call-in #: 888-407-5039 (PIN 556-82-342)
About Dan Fisher: www.power2u.org/who.html#DanielFisher

April 1, 2, and 3, 2014 - Three locations

Introduction to the Hearing Voices Approach, sponsored by the Conneticut Hearing Voices Network

Spend 3 hours with the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community to find out how the support group works and why.

April 1, Noon - 3:00 PM
Southeastern Mental Health Authority
401 W. Thames St. Norwich, CT

April 2, Noon - 3:00 PM
F.S. DuBois Center
780 Summer St., Stamford, CT

April 3, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Prime Time House
836 Main St., Torrington, CT

The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experience of hearing voices. It assumes that hearing voices (as well as seeing visions and other sensory experiences) can be a normal part of human experiences with a variety of meanings for people. Hearing Voices Support Groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Click here to view flyer for all events

March 25, 2014

Conneticut Hearing Voices Network Kick Off Event

The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experience of hearing voices. It assumes that hearing voices (as well as seeing visions and other sensory experiences) can be a normal part of human experiences with a variety of meanings for people. Hearing Voices Support Groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Reception starts at 5:30 with refreshments, videos and lots of networking, followed by a
presentation at 7:30 by Peter Bullimore, an internationally recognized speaker and trainer from Great Britain.

Location: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbour St., Hartford, CT - March 25, 2014, 5:30 - 9:00 PM
No registration is required

Who is invited? Voice Hearers, Clinicians, the Public, and definitely Family Members.

Details for the following related events are listed by date below:

Introduction to the Hearing Voices Approach

April 1 at Norwich CT,
April 2 at Stamford CT,
April 11th at Trorrington CT.

3-Day Hearing Voices Network Group Facilitator Training

May 14, 15, and 16 at Bridgeport CT,
June 2, 3, and 4 at Hamden CT.

Click here to view flyer for all events

March 7-8, 2014

Second Annual Tools for Change Conference

Don’t miss the 2nd annual Tools for Change conference March 7-8 in beautiful San Francisco! This year, Tools For Change brings stigma changing strategies related to mental health challenges, and will feature former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher as the keynote speaker.

To register, click here - http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/toolsforchange2014/tools-for-change-2014-conference-2

February 25, 2014

Girls Matter! Webinar Series on Teen Girl Behavioral Health

On Tuesday, February 25, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) kicks off Girls Matter! a webinar series addressing adolescent girls’ behavioral health. The six-part series features national experts discussing research, best practices, and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Join us on February 25 for Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls for a special look at adolescent girls—risks they face, emerging opportunities, and ways to support their healthy development. Get full details, sign up for updates, and register at http://tinyurl.com/girlsmatter2014.

February 21, 2014

4th Annual Consumer/Survivor Visionary Leadership Teleconference

Friday, February 21, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Call-in information: 866-554-6142, pin 803-6957977#

Click here for speaker information (PDF, 93KB, 1 page)

January 14-17, 2014

PA Adult Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan - Regional Webinar Listening Forums

The Pennsylvania Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition, through funding from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is revising the PA Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans. A statewide advisory committee is being formed to rewrite the plans. To insure broad stakeholder input from across the state, 4 (four) regional listening forums will be held in January of 2014 to solicit input into the plans. The forums will be conducted by webinar and will include a brief overview of the current PA suicide prevention goals as well as an overview of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Structured questions will then be provided to the audience for input and discussion. The current Pa Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans are available on www.parecovery.org under the state initiatives drop down box. Individuals that wish to comment on the plans should be familiar with these documents.

The Coalition strongly encourages representation from the following groups:

  • Community Support Program Committees
  • County Suicide Prevention Taskforces
  • Veterans and military personnel
  • Area Agencies on Aging, and older adults
  • Mental health and drug and alcohol providers
  • Suicide attempters and suicide survivors
  • Persons in recovery
  • LGBTQI representatives
  • Health professionals
  • State and local police
  • Correctional facilities/jails
  • Emergency services, crisis hotlines, etc.
  • Coroners
  • All others interested in the issue of suicide prevention

The four regional listening forums were scheduled as follows:

    Central Region - January 14, 2014 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Northeast Region - January 15, 2014 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Western Region - January 16, 2014 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Southeast Region - January 17, 2014 10:00 am-12:00 pm

December 4 - 7, 2013

Alternatives 2013 - Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice

Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas
Wednesday, December 4, to Saturday, December 7, 2013

November 1-3, 2013 - Greensboro, North Carolina

16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry, Inc. (IAEPP)

Rethinking Mental Health Care For Children & Adolescents:
Evidence-Based and Expericece-Based Alternatives to the Medical Model

Embassy Suites Greensboro Airport - 1-800-362-2779. Special Rate $115/Night, Includes full breakfast.
Call for Papers and Early Registration Discounts
Visit www.psychintegrity.org | Download our 2013 Conference Flyer

In Partnership with The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
An Exploration of Hope, Healing, and Human Spirit

November 20 + 21, 2013
NEW FILM: Beyond the Medical Model

Beyond the Medical Model is a 67-minute film by the Western Mass RLC (in collaboration with Digital Eyes Film) examining the impact of a one-model system that has been written so inextricably into our law and language that it has become difficult for many to hear the evidence supporting a much broader take on what we so often call ‘mental illness.’

The film features many voices from our own community sharing parts of their stories, as well as those who share from a worldview perspective including: Jacqui Dillon, Ruta Mazelis, Will Hall, Maria Tarajano Rodman, Gail Hornstein, Richard Shulman, Daniel Mackler, Robert Whitaker.

Wednesday, November 20th, 4pm to 6:30pm

Springfield Technical Community College, Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Room 701/702

Thursday, November 21st, 2pm to 4:30pm

Advocates: 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham
(American Sign Language Interpreters scheduled for this screening)

Each of the two screenings included a dialogue led by Robert Whitaker and others featured in the film. Click here for more information.

November 20, 2013

Confronting Stigma - A public lecture by Dr. Otto Wahl

People with mental illness often bear a double burden—the illness itself and the judgments other people make about them because of their disorder. Otto Wahl, a national authority on mental illness stigma, will lead an “Open Mind Forum”

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 pm Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Free and open to the public

Wahl will discuss the nature and consequences of the misunderstandings, disrespect, and discrimination people with psychiatric disorders often encounter, focusing on how they cope with and challenge those attitudes. He will also describe current efforts by mental-health professionals and advocates to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

His talk will be followed by a panel comprising Erica DeBlase, clinician and outreach coordinator for the MHC Counseling Service; Marty Hadge, community bridger, Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community; Allison Jacobs ’14, president of Active Minds; and Carol Magrone of the family and friends support group of NAMI of Western Massachusetts.

An open community dialogue will conclude the event.

More info at www.mtholyoke.edu/media/forum-address-stigma-mental-illness

October 4-6, 2013 - New Brunswick, NJ

ISPS-US Fourteenth Annual Meeting:

What’s in a Name? Emerging Perspectives on the Intersection of “Schizophrenia” and “Recovery”

At the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
Jointly sponsored by the Lifespan Learning Institute; Hosted by ISPS-US New Jersey Branch
Pre-Conference Training Institute: September 30 - October 3, 2013
Pre-Conference Intensive Workshop: October 4, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Debra Lampshire
Experience-based expert, Senior Tutor at the University of Auckland,and Project Manager for Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand

Honorees: Marius Romme, MD, PhD and Sandra Escher, MPhil, PhD
Researchers, authors, founders of the international Hearing Voices Movement

Website - http://isps-us.org/isps-us_events.html

September 26-28, 2013 - Hartford, CT

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
2013 ANNUAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

For more information, visit the website at http://www.narpa.org
Contact NARPA at narpa@aol.com or (256) 650-6311.

September 19-20, 2013 - Freeport, Maine

The Rx Generation: Alternatives to the Use of Psychiatric Medications with Children

Join this two-day event as we explore the skyrocketing trend of prescribing psychotropic drugs for children and adolescents. We'll hear about viable alternatives and the skills and resources needed to support these alternatives.

National speakers include:

  • Robert Whitaker - Author of Anatomy of an Epidemic
  • Jacqueline Sparks, PhD - Associate Professor of Family Therapy University of Rhode Island
  • Steve Balt, MD - Editor-in-Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report
  • John Abramson, MD - Author of Overdosed in America
  • Giovan Bazan - National Speaker and Youth Advocate
  • Barry Duncan, PsyD - Director, Heart and Soul of Change Project

Save the Date! Thursday and Friday, September 19-20, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine

July 7-14, 2013 ... Wordwide!

CREATIVE MALADJUSTMENT WEEK

MindFreedom's newest Mad Pride initiative, CREATIVE MALADJUSTMENT WEEK is scheduled for July 7-July 14, we'll be celebrating the folks Martin Luther King Jr. called "the salvation of the world" -- the critical thinkers, the disciplined non-conformists, the CREATIVELY MALADJUSTED. Whether you're an individual, a small group of nonconformists, or a large organization, we've got tons of materials and ideas for ways you show your MALADJUSTMENT in our new booklet, "How YOU Can Celebrate Creative Maladjustment Week!" (PDF) Download it on the Creative Maladjustment website, and start planning your July events now!

(And be sure to let us know what you've got planned! Remember, WE ARE OUR OWN MEDIA! It's up to US to tell the world about our maladjustment!) | Read more...

As part of the preparations for Creative Maladjustment Week...
We hope you'll visit the Facebook Causes page we've created and pledge whatever you can to make this once-in-a-lifetime celebration happen in cities across the globe! | Read more...

June 20 and June 21, 2013 - Free Workshop(s)

Withdrawing from Medication - Two Workshops
Facilitated by David Cohen, PhD

On Thursday, June 20th 12:00 to 2:00 pm

An abbreviated (two-hour) version of the Withdrawing from Medication workshop (see below)

Advocates, Inc., 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham
Co-sponsored with Advocates, Inc.
ASL interpreters will be available for the Framingham workshop

On Friday, June 21st, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Withdrawing from Medication workshop

Presented by the Western Mass RLC for Clinicians, Peer Supporters & Community

Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040

This three-hour workshop will cover a number of topics related to supporting people who are choosing to withdraw from psychiatric medication. It will include discussion of relative lack of information available on the process of withdrawal, common experiences for people who are stopping their medications, and steps for supporting someone through this process.

About David Cohen: David is the Principal Investigator on the Critical Skills Curriculum on Psychotropic Medications Project (www.criticalthinkrx.org) and a Professor of Social Work at Florida International University where he teaches courses on psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and research methods. He is also co-author of Your Drug May Be Your Problem (2nd revised edition, 2007) and co-editor of Critical New Perspectives on ADHD (2006), as well as many articles and book chapters on a variety of related topics in both English and French languages.

We are in the process of applying for Continuing Education Credits for LCSW, LMFT and LMHCs. Registration is not required, but is encouraged. Call (413) 539-5941 x 301 or e-mailing info@westernmassrlc.org.

June 8, 2013

LIVING AND WORKING WITH SUICIDAL FEELINGS:
From Powerlessness To Engagement

With Will Hall, MA, Dipl. PW

Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St., Portland Oregon

CEU’s available for this class through the NASW

For additional info, contact: pwi@processwork.org or call (503) 223-8188

Click here to download flier (PDF)

Suicidal feelings are more common than we realize. Not a symptom of disease, the urge to die is often a desperate need for change conflicting with an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. How can we support others – and respond to these feelings in ourselves?

Discover latest research, hear about innovative practices, and learn useful tools. Clinicians, students, people who have struggled with suicidal feelings, and family/friends are welcome. Co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

Will Hall MA, DiplPW, is an internationally recognized therapist and mental diversity trainer who has himself recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Host of Madness Radio and founder of Portland Hearing Voices, Will’s writing has appeared in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health and Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach(Oxford Press). www.willhall.net

May 23, 2013 - FREE WEBINAR

Building Blocks of Peers & Employment:
Individuals with a History of Criminal Justice System Engagement

First in a Three-Part Series

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, 11:00am-12:30pm PST., 2:00pm-3:30pm EST

Peers with a background of criminal justice system engagement generally deal with challenges even greater than the challenges that often confront all peers when seeking employment. PeerLink's first in a series of three webinars dealing with employment-related issues for peers will focus on peers who have a criminal justice system engagement history.

The webinar will cover three primary topic areas:

  • A realistic assessment of the barriers and challenges which individuals who have a criminal justice system engagement history confront when attempting to, post-incarceration, enter the workforce either for the first time or to reenter it following incarceration;
  • Useful real-world strategies and approaches to effectively address the unique barriers and challenges faced by individuals with a criminal justice system history, including the considerations associated with the question of disclosure of that history; and
  • Details of different resources, including reference and information materials available on-line as well as community-based agencies or organizations having a nationwide presence, to access for further information on the webinar topic including a detailing of the specific types of information or services available from each.

    Additional info at www.peerlinktac.org/events

April 20-27, 2013 - New York City, NY

Beyond the Medical Model... New Visions of Psychosis

With Will Hall, Krista Mackinnon, Dr. Nazlim Hagmann, and Rebecca Ross

Transform extreme states using relationships and communication. A training series for professionals, families, people with experience of extreme states, and advocates.

  • Working With Hope: From Despair To Engagement
    Will Hall & Krista Mackinnon April 20th: 9:30 - 4:30
  • Families, Professionals, and Psychosis: Overcoming Power Struggles
    Will Hall & Krista Mackinnon April 21st: 9:30 - 4:30
  • Withdrawing from Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach
    Will Hall, Dr. Nazlim Hagmann, & Rebecca Ross April 27th: 9:30 - 4:30

More info: www.willhall.net/classes

April 9, 2013 - Free Webinar

Emotional CPR: Saving Lives, Healing Communities (Free Webinar)

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: C = Connecting, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing. People who have been through the training consistently report that the skills they learned have helped them communicate better in all their relationships. They tell us that eCPR is a way of life. Presenters will use real life stories to explore how eCPR is healing communities, including:

  • How eCPR is being incorporated into diverse cultures and communities across the U.S. and overseas
  • How eCPR is being used to heal trauma and intergenerational violence
  • How eCPR is an effective suicide prevention approach
  • How eCPR is useful for law enforcement/public safety personnel

Click here for a flyer with presenter information (PDF, 83KB, 2 pages)
Click here to watch this informative webinar from 2012 which describes the fundamental concepts of Emotional CPR.

March 15, 2013

The 3rd Annual Consumer/Survivor Visionary Leadership Teleconference

March 15, 2013 3:30pm – 4:30pm ET / 12:30pm – 1:30pm PT
Hosted by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
Click here for presenter information (PDF, 91K, 1 page)

March 6, 2013

The Open Mind Forum Presents:

Do I Need a Pill for This? Growing up in the Age of Psychiatric Medications

A public lecture by Katherine Sharpe followed by a panel discussion and open community dialogue.

To a degree unimaginable just 20 years ago, many American children, teens, and young adults use antidepressants, ADHD medications, or other psychiatric drugs as a routine part of their lives. What does it feel like to "come of age" on psychiatric medication? How have these medications changed the ways we understand ourselves and the world—whether we take them or not? What new challenges does the culture of medication pose to our collective search for mental health? How does it affect our lives on campus?

Katherine Sharpe is the author of the highly-praised Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial, 2012). Sharpe has degrees in English literature from Reed College and Cornell University. A freelance journalist, she lives in Berkeley, CA.

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 PM
Hooker Auditorium
Mount Holyoke College

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Psychology & Education, Mount Holyoke College and the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community, Holyoke, MA

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