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!


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

Register Now!


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 www.narpa.org.  

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

- Electronic submissions are preferred -.

Application for Workshops