Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters: Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, MS, CPRP, Senior Training Associate and Uma Chandrika Millner, Ph.D., Research Associate; Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University.                

Description: This interactive webinar will provide an overview on how to engage in meaningful, respectful conversations with,or as, individuals from underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their social identities that intersect with mental health recovery systems.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the unique aspects of courageous conversations
  • Deepen the awareness of how prejudice, discrimination and oppression operate at the intrapersonal, social, and systemic contexts
  • Learn how to be an ally through the development of cultural empathy

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The NARPA Annual Rights Conference


The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

  NARPA SEATTLE 2014    

September 3 – 6, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) is seeking proposals which address strategies, ideas, programs, and emerging practices that support and promote NARPA’s mission and commitment to individual rights, liberty, freedom, and dignity.

The incorporation of diversity and multicultural perspectives into the above themes is encouraged.  Workshops are approximately 90 minutes. Submission deadline April 15, 2014.   Selected presenters will be notified via e-mail by June 1, 2014. 

The Application for Workshops is available for download below and is also posted at  

For more information, contact NARPA at or (256) 650-6311.  Mail        proposals to NARPA, P.O. Box 855, Huntsville, AL 35804 or e-mail to

- Electronic submissions are preferred -.

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Scattergood Ethics Workshop: Dangerousness & Involuntary Treatment: An Applied Ethics Workshop

"What is the relationship between mental illness and violence? When is a person with a mental illness a danger to the public? What are the professional responsibilities of behavioral healthcare practitioners in determining dangerousness and committing patients to treatment? In the wake of several national tragedies, these questions loom large; ethics, legal and clinical experts will address them in this workshop."


Behavioral Health Care Reform and Culturally Competent Care: A Closer Look

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and  New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (NYAPRS) present:

Behavioral Health Care Reform and Culturally Competent Care: A Closer Look
February 28, 2014  
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
This NYC community event is for consumers, peer specialists, program staff, policy makers and all stakeholders interested in learning more about the impact of health care reform on diverse communities.
Presenters include:
  • Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D.  (keynote) - Philadelphia Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS
  • Adam Karpati, M.D. M.P.H. - Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Harvey Rosenthal - Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Robert Myers, PhD - Senior Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Chacku Mathai, CPRP - Director, NAMI STAR Center


Workshop Topics Include:    
  • The business case for cultural & linguistic competence in managed care  
  • Knowing your rights and responsibilities in a changing health care system  
  • Data informed and research based practices to better serve our diverse communities  
  • Culturally competent outreach and engagement strategies  
  • Understanding the needs of diverse cultural groups  
  • The role of peer specialist in creating a more culturally competent workforce


Registration is required.  By email at - put "MCCC" in the subject line.  Or call (347) 396-7998.


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SAMHSA Free Webinar - "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: The Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Employees Who Have Behavioral Health Issues"


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presents:

Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: The Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Employees Who Have Behavioral Health Issues

Time: 2:00pm ET (1:00pm CT12:00pm MT11:00am PT)
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presents Because We Are EQUAL to the Task: The Business Case for Recruiting and Retaining Employees in Recovery. This webinar will explore the many ways in which proactively advancing the inclusion and success of employees with behavioral health disorders can contribute to an organization’s bottom line.
Mike Hudson of the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) will present Great Minds @ Work, a groundbreaking campaign that educates businesses about the financial and organizational benefits of hiring and retaining individuals in recovery. Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, Nordstrom's Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director, will then share her experience and lessons learned to recruit and retain greater numbers of employees in recovery.
Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., will moderate the webinar. Dr. Gagne, who worked for over 20 years at Boston University’s center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, is a Senior Associate and Deputy Project Director at the Center for Social Innovation.
Presenters will outline concrete steps for service providers to use in developing their own approaches to partnering with employers to expand opportunities for individuals in recovery to fulfill their potential as professionals. The webinar will also highlight effective practices for employers to utilize when hiring and retaining individuals in recovery.

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