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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

November 15, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Privacy, Pets, and Possibilities - Making Integrated Care Work

Presented by the mental Halth Legal Advosors Committee

Integration of behavioral and physical health care is supposed to improve the quality of health care, but the sharing of mental health information with physical health providers can mean inferior medical care for people with psychiatric challenges. And integration of care won’t improve outcomes if we remain limited to services that have produced lackluster results. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, we’ll be talking about making fundamental changes in how we think about mental health care and the people who use it so that integrated care can work.

Health care professionals of all types, attorneys, and persons with lived experience will benefit from this cutting-edge look at:

  • the lack of control over  psychiatric information in medical records as a barrier to integrated care: how implicit bias against persons with psychiatric diagnoses affects the ability to get and deliver cost-effective physical health care;
  • alternative approaches to mental health care, including housing first and complementary modalities, like meditation and pet therapy, that work; 
  • how to make your records work for you and your client, and how you represent the client in your notes could have serious implications for them in numerous settings: employment, education, health care delivery and coverage, and court proceedings.

During the day, you will experience interactive demonstrations of treatment modalities and dynamic presentations by individuals incorporating new approaches to integrated care. Breakouts target the interests of lawyers (how to pursue successful privacy actions, employment discrimination cases, and more) and clinicians (practices that respect privacy, achieve better outcomes, and accommodate provider needs).

Participants will come away with tangible methods to improve integrated care and their professional and personal techniques for working with and supporting colleagues, clients, people with lived experience, and family members.

Go to http://www.mhlac.org/Upcoming_Training.htm for full details.

Click here for Registration Form, or go to www.mhlac.org/Docs/registration11.15.16.pdf (PDF)

For updated information on continuing education credits and registration, please visit our training page at www.mhlac.org/Upcoming_Training.htm

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Eleanor Sarcia at 617-338-2345 x121 or esarcia@mhlac.org. For questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, contact Gisela Valdez at 617-338-2345 x131 or gvaldez@mhlac.org.

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
24 School Street, Suite 804, Boston, MA 02108
www.mhlac.org

August 18-21, 2017

Alternatives Conference 2017

The National Empowerment Center, a National Consumer Technical Assistance Center, is pleased to announce that the Alternatives Conference 2017 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Park Plaza from Friday, August 18 through Monday, August 21, 2017.

The Alternatives Conference 2017 website is in development and will have further information at www.power2u.org. Announcements will be sent when further information is available, which will include the Call for Presentations, an online submission link, hotel reservation information, and a direct link to online room reservations.

We hope to see you at Alternatives 2017 in Boston!

Past Events

October 13, 2016

Free Webinar - How the Better Days Approach Can Help in a Crisis

(Archive recording now available at http://power2u.org/other-crisis-alternatives.html#Better-Days)

This webinar will explore how the Better Days approach developed by Craig Lewis can help in crisis situations. Better Days means honoring that you are the expert on you! A crisis is when factors contribute to a situation that for any number of reasons results in a psychic lack of control. Often, these factors are in the form of a metaphorical minefield while we live, work, and love in blissful unawareness. When reality hits, and madness invades you so quickly that you lose yourself; you must do all you can to move forward on your life journey and live life to its fullest.

Presenter: Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis is an Expert by Experience, a Psychiatric Survivor, the author of Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook, a life long punk rocker, a fearless activist, a workshop trainer, and international speaker. Craig has survived a lifetime of struggle and has chosen to not allow his suffering to be wasted. Craig shares his experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned, in hopes of supporting others in living happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives. This is a ongoing journey and Craig, like all of us, is a work in progress. Craig Lewis' website - www.betterdaysrecovery.com

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

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