Capitol Hill Day - May 7, 2014, Washington DC

"Capitol Hill Day is an important step in pursuing our legislative priorities and funding for recovery-oriented practice. Over 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders will participate to make a difference. Your advocacy efforts matter — face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy."



The Role of Self-Management in Using Medications

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 , 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. - DSG Director, Recovery to Practice 
Yvonne Z. Smith - President and Chairperson, The Recovery Group 
Jackie Pettis - Manager of Wellness and Recovery, ValueOptions Maryland
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. 
  • This Webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone are insufficient for many persons with serious or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not "cure" serious mental illnesses and addictions. When effective, they may reduce symptoms and a person's likelihood of relapse or improve quality of life. In serious mental illnesses, for example, medications may reduce some of the more flagrant symptoms such as hallucinations and acute mania, but do not address the negative symptoms and neurocognitive impairments that often are the more disabling aspects of these disorders. 


  • In addictions treatment, medications may render certain substances less reinforcing or reduce cravings but make no impact on a person's ability to develop new, sober social networks that will support his or her recovery. In this respect, we should avoid conveying the message to people that all they need to do is take the medications prescribed for them and everything will be all right. Recovery requires hard work on the part of both persons in recovery and practitioners, and with healthcare reform under way, practitioners will need to play an increasingly important part in educating people about their own role in their recovery and supporting them in efforts to manage their conditions and recover as fully as possible. 


  • This Webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives: Larry Davidson, Ph.D., DSG director of the Recovery to Practice Initiative; Yvonne Z. Smith, president and chairperson of The Recovery Group; and Jackie Pettis, Manager of Wellness and Recovery at ValueOptions Maryland. 
Participants are welcome to call in or submit questions and comments electronically. The Webinar will be recorded and available for download shortly after the event.

Expanding Your Social Media Presence

DATE: Thursday, May 1, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST)
Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/951210686

Description: Are you already blogging or using tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but wonder how you can use social media more efficiently to reach more people? What are some ways to develop a social media strategy, and how do you measure your effectiveness over time? These and other questions will be addressed in this webinar featuring the award-winning PEERS media team. Whether you're looking to expand your own social media presence or that of your peer-run organization or project, this webinar is for you. At 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST we will conclude the presentations/Q&A, and invite you to join a real-time Tweet chat to practice skills to increase your effectiveness on Twitter. We invite you in advance of the webinar to create a Twitter account if you do not already have one. You can use the hashtag#peerschat on Twitter at 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST to participate in the chat. 

Note: This is not an "introduction to social media" webinar, but all skills and experience levels are welcome. To access NEC's 2012 introductory webinar on social media, visit http://www.power2u.org/information-technology.html 

Presenters from the PEERS Media Team: 

Jenee Darden, Web Content and PR Specialist 
Shannon Eliot, Communications Manager 
Sherman Park, Video Production Specialist 
Kelechi Ubozoh, Statewide Project Coordinator 

Visit http://www.peersnet.org/staff to see their full biographies.



Successful Crowdfunding: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned


DATE: Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST (12:00 - 1:30 PM PST)
Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/532584974
Description: The Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution put out data showing the overall crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012, across more than 1 million individual campaigns globally. How can persons with lived experience and peer-run organizations leverage crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe to raise funds for a variety of peer support, arts, and social change projects? Representatives from three successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns will share their lessons learned as to how to get the most out of crowdfunding efforts. These include: crafting an effective fundraising video, leveraging social media and other linkages to raise awareness of the campaign, and crafting a sustainable and achievable rewards program for campaign backers. 

Oryx Cohen, NEC's Technical Assistance Center Director, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $22,000 to produce a film about the Hearing Voices movement entitled "Healing Voices." 
Leah Harris, NEC's Director of Communications and Development, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign for Madness Radio, a monthly podcast featuring alternative views on mental health, that successfully raised over $23,000. 
Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate who created a Kickstarter campaign for Live Through This, a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors, raising nearly $23,000. 




STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Facilitator: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, STAR Center Director              

Description: The STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaboration is for you, if you are involved in mental health systems transformation at any level and you are interested in taking your community organizing and leadership skills to the next level.

Learning objectives:

  • Define principles and factors that make collaboration work
  •  Discuss facilitative leadership skills and approaches
  • Determine opportunities and challenges for collaborative action across communities

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. ~ Etienne Wenger-Trayner

The STAR Center Community of Practice involves:

  • Open monthly web-conference presentation
  • Dialogue and experience sharing between participants
  • Optional homework and practical application exercises
  •  Mentoring and network development 

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action!

Register Now!