Call for Presentations

Conference Details


National Empowerment Center

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Deadline for Presentations was March 24, 2017

The Alternatives 2017 Conference Committee, which includes consumer/survivor/peer leaders across the nation, is seeking proposals for presentations. We invite everyone to consider becoming a presenter. First-time presenters are especially welcome. Learning from each other is a clear example of self help, mutual support, and the principles of recovery in action!

Each Alternatives Conference offers in-depth technical assistance on peer delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. The Alternatives Conference is interested in including diverse perspectives that will provide critical leadership in the following categories (which are described in more detail in the attached pdf):

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Intersectionality
  • Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns
  • Promising Practices in Peer-Run Programs and Peer-Delivered Services
  • Leadership Development
  • Healing Through the Arts
  • Holistic Health, Wellness, and Recovery
  • Rights Protection
  • Using Technology in Support of Recovery
  • Youth and Young Adult
  • Multigenerational Learning
  • Economic Health and Recovery

Alternatives is taking the opportunity to renew its commitment to diversity and highlighting the intersection of our community with so many others. Writer and activist, Audre Lorde once said, “we do not live single-issue lives.” We know this to be true. We know that individuals who’ve been given psychiatric diagnoses, experienced trauma, and/or otherwise received mental health services are a varied group made up of many strengths, backgrounds, and a multitude of experiences. We believe we are stronger for those differences.

As a step toward demonstrating our commitment, we will be paying extra attention to representing different viewpoints, welcoming people who don’t ordinarily participate, representing and involving people of different cultures, races, and ethnic backgrounds in every aspect of the conference. We invite you to help us by completing the voluntary demographics with your proposal application, and letting us know if you identify as being a part of any one of a number of groups that have historically been marginalized or under represented.

We welcome presentations in Spanish and other languages.
Damos la bienvenida a solicitudes de presentaciones en español y otros idiomas.

Anuncio y Convocatoria para Presentaciones en la Conferencia Alternatives 2017 (Word doc, 123KB, 2 páginas).

Convocatoria de Propuestas para Presentaciones o Talleres (PDF, 931KB, 4 pages)