Conference Details


National Empowerment Center

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The diverse Alternatives program will include many workshops on a wide variety of topics. We are pleased to announce titles of some of the workshops for Alternatives.

Some of the scheduled workshops

Saturday, August 19, 2017:

  • The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic
  • Climbing the Ivory Tower: Barriers to Higher Education and How to Overcome Them
  • Engaging and Empowering Young People to Talk about What Matters to Them in Early Care
  • Restorative Justice (RJ): Promising Practice in Peer-Run Programs
  • Promoting Access and Inclusion in Peer Leadership
  • Building Partnerships to Create Positive Change
  • MEJORES DIAS - Un Libro de Trabajo Para la Recuperación de Salud Mental (Spanish) - BETTER DAYS: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook (Bilingual Session English-Spanish)
  • Intentional Peer Support: Social Change through Healing Relationships
  • Transforming Trauma into Health
  • Ending Restraint and Seclusion (R&S) in Schools - The Role of Peers and the Leadership Factor
  • Supervision and Peers: Opportunity for Paradigm Shift
  • Successful Families Can and Do Look Different
  • Exploration of Different Disciplines Approach to Mental Health Toolboxes
  • Peer-Supported Economic Empowerment: Promoting Financial Wellness and Recovery
  • Partnering with Peers: Fostering Communication and Participation
  • Pacific Jurisdictions and the Development of Peer Support
  • Effective Substance Use Outreach and In-Reach Strategies in Culturally Diverse Neighborhoods
  • The Social Implications of Peer Provision
  • Youth Peer Leadership: Gaining the Skills to be a Confident and Knowledgeable Leader
  • A Path of Healing from Trauma
  • Compass: One Model for a Peer Driven Information and Referral Service
  • Mentoring, A Critical Component on One’s Journey from Youth to Young Adulthood
  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Psychiatric Advanced Directives for Consumers and Families
  • Exploring Self-care and Wellness Tools to Counter Compassion Fatigue
  • Staying True to Peer Support Values through Trauma-informed Relationships in Peer Support Supervision 

Sunday, August 20, 2017:

  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: The Cornerstone of Recovery, Independence, and Community Integration
  • Heal, Grow and Build Together: A formula for Individual and Community Recovery
  • Peer Respites: A National and Local Perspective
  • Assessing Your Consumer Organization’s Status: Best Practices in Sustainability
  • Fighting for our Livelihoods: Developing Job Opportunities for Economic Self-Sufficiency
  • A Mindfulness Approach to Mental Health Recovery and Emotional Fitness
  • Youth Peer Generation
  • Healing From Within: Bringing Holistic Practices to Inpatient Psychiatric Units
  • Adaptations of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP): A Means to Come Together
  • When Conversation Turns to Suicide
  • The High Cost of Tobacco Use and How to Support People in their Recovery
  • Building Community through We-CPR: Applying Emotional CPR (eCPR) in Groups
  • A Holistic Stress Management Approach to Healing and Transformation
  • Achieving Recovery During the Transition to Adulthood
  • Striving for Sustainability: Using BRSS TACS Technical Assistance to Strengthen Your Organization
  • Promoting a Recovery Orientation in Today’s Complex Behavioral System
  • Creating Sustainable Fiscal Models for Peer Supports
  • Reflecting on the Challenges and Successes of Peer-run Respites in Wisconsin
  • Developing a Young Adult Advisory Board to Shape Mental Health Service and System Development
  • Empowering Cooperation Between People with Lived Experience and Professionals
  • Veterans In Leadership: The Hidden Champion
  • Promoting Human Rights in Mental Health
  • Breaking New Ground in Peer-Run Programs and Peer-Delivered Services
  • Paths to Safety
  • Conflict Resolution Skill-Building to Empower Peers
  • The Bridge Between Professional and Personal Self-Care
  • Developing Financial Literacy for the Future While Maintaining Our Mental Health
  • Strategies to Support Young Adult Leadership: Hits, Misses, and Lessons Learned

Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • Mental Health Self-Direction: Past, Present, and Future
  • Trauma-Informed Peer Support: Meeting Real-Life Challenges
  • The New Integrated Health Care Landscape: The Case for Peer Support Services
  • Taking on a New Perspective and Moving Our Lives Forward
  • Resiliency: Coming through a Storm
  • Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness: Understanding the Privilege We Carry
  • Living on Purpose through Intentional Peer Support: Oregon Warmline as Healing Community