Day 2 Topic Overview
Critically acclaimed journalist Robert Whitaker’s masterpiece “Anatomy of an Epidemic” “investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness skyrocketed over the past fifty years? . . . Could the widespread use of psychiatric medications – for one reason or another – be fueling this epidemic? ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’ investigates that question, and it does so by focusing on the long-term outcome studies in the research literature. Do the studies tell of a paradigm of care that helps people get well and stay well over the long term? Or do they tell of a paradigm of care that increases the likelihood that people diagnosed with mental disorders will become chronically ill?”
On Peer Leadership – Panel
A crucial discussion with peer leaders who are experts on the peer leadership qualities, core competencies, ethics and personal responsibility indispensable in operating effectively as a peer specialist.
WRAP and WRAP Pals Innovations – Workshop
Matthew Federici and Gina Calhoun discuss WRAP® and WRAP PALS®: tools for hope, recovery, personal responsibility, advocacy and education. They will introduce applications – designed by Mary Ellen Copeland – that are pushing the envelope.
The Certified Peer Specialist & Community Inclusion – Workshop
One of the essential tasks of peer-run programs is to help individuals with mental health conditions reconnect to the community. Join Joseph Rogers and Richard Baron in exploring ways that such programs are helping peers overcome isolation and seize opportunities to get involved in the richness of community life.
Mortality, Morality and Whose Wellness?? – Workshop
Health and wellness are no longer ignored in our mental health systems, and the World Health Organization has noted that the social determinants of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system – are mostly responsible for health inequities and are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources. At the same time, information about health care disparities is often misrepresented, while individuals who use public mental health services are dying, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population. This workshop will discuss how we can change that.
Building Strength Through Diversity – Workshop
Our community’s success depends upon a celebration of diversity. Join Gareth Fenley, former Chair of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Subcommittee and recipient of the 2012 Diversity Award of Excellence from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in a discussion of how to create a strong and diverse community and help it grow.
Introduction to Trauma and Trauma Informed Peer Supports” – Institute
Cheryl Sharp, a nationally known consultant on the subject of trauma, will present on trauma-informed care in a two-part institute which will explain why it is important to ask “What happened to you?” rather than “What’s wrong with you?” “We have to learn not to dismiss our experiences; a lot of us say, ‘I didn’t have trauma,’ when we might not be considering the whole picture,” Sharp says.
The Pennsylvania Success Story – Workshop
Pennsylvania was one of the first states to receive approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to bill Medicaid for Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) services, and the state’s behavioral health service system has successfully integrated CPS services at many levels. This panel of CPSs, curriculum developers, trainers, supervisors and policy experts – who were involved every step of the way – will tell the Pennsylvania success story.
The Certified Peer Specialist and Multiculturalism – Workshop
Explore the roles and responsibilities of the Certified Peer Specialist in a multicultural environment and the scope of work for peer support services in the U.S.
Peer Support in the VA, Vet to Vet and Peer Specialists – Workshop
Vet-to-Vet USA founder, leader and decorated Vietnam War veteran Moe Armstrong and Lisa Goodale, Vice President of Training of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, explore the role and importance of peer services and peer supports for U.S. veterans.
Peers and the Certified Peer Specialist Workforce Future In Reform – Workshop
NACBHDD Executive Director Ron Manderscheid explores the role of peers and the Certified Peer Specialist workforce within the context of health care reform.
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