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The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on mental health and consumer issues. In an effort to keep you informed and to respond to your needs, we update our Web site regularly. Look here first to find the latest additions to our site.


UPDATE: Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview - 2014 Update

Updated report of programs to train and certify peer specialists across the country. Compiled by the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health.

Kaufman, L., Brooks, W., Bellinger, J., Steinley-Bumgarner, M., & Stevens-Manser, S. 2014.

View the document on the Web - - or download it below.


iNAPS Free Webinar - September 26

Free Webinar 15: Emerging Roles in Peer Support – Supporting Employment and Educational Recovery

Learn more here: or scroll down.


Sept. 26, 2014 – Noon-1 p.m. EDT
(11 a.m. – Noon CDT, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. PDT)

Lyn Legere

Presenter: Lyn Legere

Lyn, a nationally known presenter and consultant, has collaborated on the development of several curricula aimed at increasing peoples’ awareness and confidence in supporting this important area of recovery.

Join Lyn Legere this Friday as she explores important emerging roles for peer supporters. Supported employment and education is rapidly gaining attention as systems transform to a recovery orientation.

Lyn’s presentations are always fascinating, informative and full of good humor.

To join the webinar:

  1. Click the link to access the webinar:

(If requested, enter your name and email address.)

  1. Click “Join”. (If the “join” button does not turn green when you first access the page, you may have to wait a few minutes and then refresh your screen).

3.  To join the audio portion of the webinar: provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

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To join the audio conference


Provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call one of the following numbers:

US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

 If you have not previously participated in one of our webinars (made possible through the generous assistance of Optum Behavioral Health Services) please log in about ten minutes early to be certain you have downloaded the proper software. If you have not, you will be prompted to do so. The download is quick, free and easy!!!

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Looking for a Past Webinar?

Did you miss any of the previous webinars? You can view the slides for early webinars and links to those that were recorded here.

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Live Stream: The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice

Watch the Live-Stream of RLS 18: “The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice”

AUSTIN, Texas—On September 8, 2014, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will be live-streaming the plenary speeches from its 18th biennial Robert Lee Sutherland Seminar, “The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice.” The live-stream will be available at

The speakers—Patricia Deegan, Annelle Primm, Larry Davidson, and Chacku Mathai—are nationally recognized experts in the field of mental health recovery. 

“These aren’t just the stars in the field. They’re profoundly humane, wise people, who speak from the heart,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “To have them all together, in the same place on the same day, presents a rare opportunity for anyone interested in the topic of recovery.”

The schedule of the live-stream is:

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Michele Guzmán, PhD

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA
“You Can’t Be Person-Centered Without Being Recovery-Oriented”

Patricia Deegan, PhD
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Personal Medicine, Power Statements, and Other Disruptive Innovations”

Annelle Primm, MD, MPH
“Transforming the Mental Health Workforce Through Recovery to Practice”

Larry Davidson, PhD
“What Everyone Needs to Know About the Evidence Base for Mental Health Recovery”

Chacku Mathai, CPRP
“The Evolving Role of Peer Support in Health Care”

More about the speakers: 

Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Deegan, who draws on her own perspective of recovery from schizophrenia as
a teenager, is the creator of CommonGround, a web-based application that helps consumers prepare for visits with mental health practitioners in order to better advocate for their treatment and recovery. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College School of Medicine and Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Annelle Primm is the Deputy Medical Director and director of the Office of Diversity and Health Equity for the American Psychiatric Association. As a part of the APA/AACP Recovery to Practice Project Team, she serves as the RTP Director of the APA.

Dr. Larry Davidson serves as the director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health and is a professor of psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the project director of the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Chacku Mathai is the director of systems transformation initiatives for NAMI. His personal experiences as a youth and young adult in mental health and addiction recovery in New York launched Chacku and his family toward a number of efforts to advocate for improved services and alternative supports in the community.

For those interested in participating in the conversation on Twitter, the hashtags are going to be #RLS18 and #recovery. 

For more information, contact: Daniel Oppenheimer, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 512-471-9142,

Mad In America International Film Festival

Mad In America's International Film Festival will be held October 9-12!

Below is a letter from Laura Delano, festival organizer:

Dear friend of Mad in America,

As you may know, MIA is putting on an International Film Festival from Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, October 12th in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.  We are hoping to spread the word far and wide to people across and beyond the United States, especially those who need time to make travel arrangements, and we are reaching out to you to help get the word out. 

You will find two attachments below about MIA’s Film Fest—one, a simple flyer with basic details, and the other, a more detailed letter.  If you could find the time to forward these attachments to any relevant listserves and networks you’re connected to, as well as to any colleagues, clients, or friends who you think might be interested in attending, we would be greatly appreciative!  

We are eager to bring together a broad, international audience of people committed to rethinking psychiatry along with our growing list of Festival speakers from across the United States, England, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada.  With four days of films, talks, panels, two live performances, and fun, lively social events, our Festival promises to be an informative and engaging event.  We are hoping you will help us get the word out about it.  We also hope you’ll attend!  For more information on ticketslodgingtravel, and how to support our Festival, please check out our website.

Thank you for your continued support of Mad in America, and for all the important work you do.  We hope to see you this fall in Arlington!

Best wishes,



Laura Delano

Festival Organizer

Mad in America's International Film Festival

October 9th-12th, 2014

Regent Theatre, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA


The Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference

June 22-25, 2014

Renaissance Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Register today, and save by booking your hotel room before May 30th 

TomorrowMay 1st, is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month; a month that calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

Hundreds of your colleagues from across the country have already registered for the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual ConferenceJune 22-25, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland, to invest in their own mental health and professional development, so they can more effectively help psychiatric rehabilitation consumers recover and lead healthier lives.

Kick off Mental Health Awareness Month by registering for the Recovery Workforce Summit – take the time to do something for yourself and rejuvenate:

  • All sessions and events are designed to make your job easier. 95% of the 2013 Annual Conference attendees found the conference to be a valuable use of their organization’s time and resources.
  • The keynote sessions will inspire you – sometimes during the day to day of our jobs we lose sight of the bigger picture. Senator Creigh Deeds and Dr. Linda Teplin will remind you why your profession is so essential.
  • Gather inspiration and ideas from industry leaders and colleagues in sessions and during networking events. 95% of 2013 Annual Conference attendees noted they would recommend the event to other psych rehab professionals.
  • Take the pressure off your continuing education requirements – you can choose from over 40 sessions to earn over 17 contact hours from 7 providers. Choose from total available hours from the following providers: CPRP=71.5; Psychology (APA)=46.5; Rehabilitation Counseling (CRCC)=52.5; Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NAADAC)=34.5; Social Work (ASWB)=54; Occupational Therapy (ASWB)=34.5; Counseling (NBCC)=33.
  • Have you been meaning to get started on earning your CPRP? We’ve made it easy. A complete CPRP Prep Course is included in a full conference registration.
  • Make it a mini-vacation: Connect with friends and meet new colleagues while enjoying the sites, entertainment, and restaurants in Baltimore.

Start off Mental Health Awareness Month by investing in your personal wellbeing and professional development. Make the decision to join hundreds of psych rehab professionals at all levels at the Recovery Workforce Summit by registering today.

View the Summit website for more details and the full schedule.

Need help persuading your organization to send you? Click for tips.

Questions? View the Summit website or contact us at or 703.442.2078

Build your brand and increase your exposure by becoming a Summit sponsor. View the 2014 Summit prospectus, or contact Anita Parker for more information.

*Continuing education hours subject to change.


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