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

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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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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.


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.


The History of Peer Support

When and where did peer support begin?
How did it develop in the U.S.

These are just two of the many questions that will be addressed by Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health at Yale University. Davidson, a person with lived experience, is more than a casual historian and his presentations on this topic have captured the attention of audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad

This is a presentation no one in the mental health or addictions fields will want to miss! Davidson’s presentations are never “dry” and his expert knowledge brings to life important aspects of peer support. You will be able to use the “chat” function during the webinar to ask questions of the presenter or share your thoughts with other participants.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern (starts at 11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific)


Media Portrayals of Mental Illness

Twitter Chat on March 19 at 2 p.m. ET on “Media Portrayals of Mental Illness.” With special guest Mental Health America.