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National Empowerment Center

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The Alternatives Conference offers life-changing opportunities to those in the mental health peer-recovery community. It helps mental health consumer/survivors make valuable connections, develop leadership skills, provide and receive peer support, and share expertise and resources. We honor those who have paved the way, provided leadership in promoting recovery, and kept the Alternatives Conference alive for three decades. We welcome emerging leaders and those who are new to the peer community to this conference. This year, our theme is Building Healing Communities Together. We can’t do it alone; together we can build healing communities for everyone.

For the first time, Alternatives will take place in Boston! Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and has many museums and landmarks that showcase the rich history of America and Boston. In addition, the city offers various food options, and a lasting legacy of arts, culture, and education.

You may register for Alternatives at This link can be used until August 13th at 11:59 PM. If the site is closed, please download a copy of the onsite registration form and bring it with you to the conference.

Refund Policy -- Cancellations must be received in writing. If cancellation is requested on or before July 21st you will receive a full refund, minus a $35-per-person administration processing fee. After July 21st, registrations will not be refunded. Registrants who are no-shows for the conference will not receive a refund.

Group Registration

Groups of 10 or more will receive 1 registration free for every 9 purchased. If you would like to register as a group of attendees, please contact Alice Smart at for the group registration spreadsheet.

How to Obtain Funding for Alternatives 2017

The National Empowerment Center would like everyone to be able to attend Alternatives 2017 regardless of income. If you are looking for financial assistance to attend, the time to start is now!

Ideas and resources for you to use in your search for funding (PDF, 111KB, 6 pages)