Tuesday
May052015

Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference

Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference
The State of Recovery in the World of Psych Rehab

June 1-4, 2015
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
Presented by PRA and PRF, in partnership with PAPRS

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Purchase 5 full Summit registrations and receive the 6th free

The Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference offers a comprehensive line up of in-depth psychiatric rehabilitation training and enhanced networking opportunities and special events to provide attendees with the tools they need to help others more effectively. The Summit provides high-level education sessions for the entire psychiatric rehabilitation workforce; including agency executives, educators and researchers, practitioners and peer support providers with a specific focus on best practices, evidence-based practice, integrated healthcare, wellness, supported housing, and supported employment.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

Mental Health America 2015 Annual Conference

Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4

June 3 - 5

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On June 3-5, 2015 Mental Health America will hold its 2015 Annual Conference with the theme Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is serving as Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Honorary Committee. The event will include several high level plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and our 2nd Annual Innovation Nation that highlights pioneering programs on the local level. Each year, Mental Health America’s Conference brings together advocates, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, members of Congress and the administration, and health professionals from across the country. Past speakers include Tipper Gore, Sanjay Gupta, Glenn Close, George Stephanopoulos, and entertainer Demi Lovato. We expect 500 people to attend.

In 2015, Mental Health America’s Annual Conference will:

  • Highlight the impact the organization and others have had in improving mental health in America, and the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead;
  • Examine innovations and programs that will play a vital role in shaping the future of mental health care;
  • Discuss the critical need to address those initial signs of a mental illness—before Stage 4—so that we can intervene early and make a difference;
  • Hear from leading public figures and citizens about their own personal struggle and triumph in the face of mental health problems; and
  • Feature the premiere of the ITN Productions/ABC documentary, #B4Stage4. 
Monday
Apr272015

Join us for an exciting webinar hosted by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse!

Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services: From Program Development to Outcome Evaluation

To Register, Click Here. For more information please see below.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time: 2 p.m. ET (90 minutes)

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) specialty services are exploding around the U.S. following the recent 5 percent Mental Health Block Grant set-aside for early intervention services. While many EIP programs include (or plan to include) some element of peer support and/or family support, questions remain as to how to ensure meaningful peer involvement that significantly impacts services.

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss both the real-world challenges of robust peer involvement and the potential for such involvement to transform – rather than merely augment – services across the domains of planning, service delivery, policy, and evaluation. The webinar will also cover strategies and insights from the Hearing Voices Movement and similar approaches. It will explore the meaning of young people’s experiences and the impact of such experiences on vocational and social identity.

The presenters:
  • Nev Jones, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and a community psychologist by training. Her work focuses on the phenomenology of voices, early intervention, and the sociocultural determinants of recovery following a first break. She is involved in multiple national initiatives related to the 5 percent set-aside, and is herself an alumna of an EIP service. 
  • Irene Hurford, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the program director for the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) program at Horizon House. Previously she led the Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her clinical and research work focuses on cognition in schizophrenia, treatment of early episode psychosis, and functional and quality of life improvements in young people with psychosis. 
  • Berta Britz, MSW, is a certified peer specialist at Creating Increased Connections through Education and Support (CIC) in Montgomery County, Pa. She is strongly committed to promoting acceptance of the experience of hearing voices; and her ministry, “Hearing Voices and Healing,” is supported by the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. She helped develop and now coordinates the Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network, which offers systems and community education and eight Taking Back Our Power Hearing Voices self-help/peer support groups, two of which are designed specifically for young people. Her commitment to developing different responses to early anomalous, or “psychotic,” experiences stems from her lived experience. 
  • Christa Burkett, technical assistance coordinator of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will facilitate.

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Wednesday
Apr012015

Special National TA and Networking Teleconference on April 20 Will Feature a Presentation on Career Development for CPS

A presentation on career development for certified peer specialists followed by a discussion will be the focus of the next monthly national technical assistance and networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. The call will be on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT, 7 a.m. in Hawaii. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#.

Thousands of trained and certified behavioral health peer workers are now employed across the country in most states with Medicaid reimbursement.  Efforts are also underway to develop national peer worker standards. As this new peer workforce grows, it’s essential to identify and create peer career development and promotion opportunities so that certified peer workers earn salaries consistent with their skills and are able to move ahead in their careers. Accomplishing this will require numerous strategies, including enabling certified peer workers to obtain academic credit and educational credentials.

During our April 20th call, Jessica Wolf, founder of the Facebook Group “Education Pays! Peer Career Development,” will facilitate a discussion on individual and systemic peer career development strategies. We hope you will join us!

Jessica Wolf, Ph.D., is principal of Decision Solutions, a behavioral health workforce consulting practice emphasizing peer education, training, and employment. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Her extensive administrative and educational experience includes 16 years as coordinator of the Housatonic Community College MERGE Mental Health Certificate Program. She has personal and family experience of mental health conditions.

Join us on April 20th at 1 p.m. ET! Again, the call-in number is 866-906-0123. The passcode is 5037195.

Thursday
Mar192015

Webinar: Psychiatric Advance Directives

Psychiatric Advance Directives - Concept to Practice: A Virginia Case Study 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time 

(11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific; noon to 1:30 p.m. Mountain; and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Central)

This online webinar will discuss how advance directives have evolved over the last several decades to become much more holistic tools that can contribute to wellness and recovery. We will also address how legislative changes in Virginia served as a springboard for a statewide effort to implement advance directives into routine mental health care practice. The project has led to many lessons in how to implement advance directives, which bridge communication gaps, coordinate care across providers, and strengthen health care recipients' voices in their care. 

http://www.nyaprs.org/e-news-bulletins/2015/007002.cfm