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Alternatives Conference 2014

Creating the Future: Change, Challenge, Opportunity

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse announces that Alternatives 2014, the 28th national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/ survivors, will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale, October 22-26, 2014.

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The STAR Center is one of the five National Technical Assistance Centers funded by SAMHSA to support mental health systems transformation. The purpose of the overall program is to provide technical assistance that facilitates the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting recovery and consumer directed approaches.

Each NTAC is organized by SAMHSA to focus on specific topic areas of concentration that can be offered through virtual training and technical assistance or product development for the whole country while also offering direct training and technical assistance to specific states, territories or tribal governments. The STAR Center is charged with supporting four target states/territories Rhode Island, New Mexico, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. read more...

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Engaging People in Services that Support Recovery

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

People vote with their feet and often walk away from services that do not meet their needs. In this webinar, Pat Deegan will draw on her experience in building services that engage and empower people to to live their lives, not their diagnosis. Pat will use examples from her work with OnTrackNY first episode psychosis teams, shared decision making and recovery learning collaboratives, to illustrate principles of successful engagement strategies.


Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D

Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D, is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a health information technology company run by and for people in recovery. We build web applications that help individuals recover after a diagnosis of mental illness. Our flagship products are an online Recovery Library and a web application that helps individuals, families and psychiatrists engage in shared decision making to find the best treatment for recovery. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand why people choose to walk away from services
  • To understand how very high rates of engagement have been achieved in the OnTrackNY programs serving young folks with first episode psychosis
  • To understand how technology can help engage people in recovery-oriented services

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Additional Resources

Additional Resources:

Building Bridges, LGBT Populations: A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems

Community Conversations About Mental Health Toolkit

Hogg Foundation Report on Eliminating Disparities through Integrated Health

HHS Plan to Reduce Disparities

Institute of Medicine on Eliminating Disparities

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy

Behavioral Health United States 2012

The Dynamic System of Power, Privelege and Oppression

Gender: Power and Privelege

Five Faces of Oppression

Oppression and Privilege Framework

Difference, Power, and Privelege

A Structural Analysis of Oppression

Community of Practice:

STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership:
Featuring an Interview with Leah Harris

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET

This month's Community of Practice features a new webinar based interview format with Leah Harris, M.A., Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Leah is a mother, storyteller, and activist. She has been a nationally-recognized leader in the mental health consumer/survivor movement for over a decade. Leah is the daughter of two parents who were diagnosed with mental illness, both of whom died young as a result of their disabilities. This depth of her personal experience fuels Leah's commitment to ensuring human rights and recovery for all people who experience emotional distress and crisis.

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership and Action for a featured interview with Leah Harris to hear more about Leah's view of her own leadership style, her personal standards for leadership and how we can best support and develop leadership with each other.

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Additonal Resources
8 Differences between Traditional and Collaborative Leaders
Traits of True Leaders
Mindful Leadership

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Presentation from June 17, 2014
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Presentation from May 25, 2014
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Presentation from April 29, 2014
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Additional Resources:
Watch "Why Diversity is Upside Down"- Andres Tapia from Tedx Indianapolis
Watch "Adaptive vs. Technical" - Dr. Ronald Heifetz
Part 1 of the video series: Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices by Vivian Chavez
Tedx Talk on Adaptive Leadership-Leading Change by Marty Linsky
Situational Leadership Styles Questionnaire
Social Matrix
Expanding Our Social Justice Practices
Situational Leadership Self-Assessment

Archive of Webinars:

Hitting the Streets: Engaging People When and Where It's Needed the Most

Learning objectives:

  • Identify principles of effective outreach;
  • Describe effective outreach strategies;
  • List effective best practices for outreach;
  • Promote safety strategies for outreach work; and
  • Discuss steps in building trust.

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Cultural Activation Prompts (CAPs): A New Consumer Tool to Encourage Consumers to Let Providers Know About What Culturally Matters To Them

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the importance to providers of learning about a consumer's cultural identity and value system
  • To learn of a new notion of cultural activation intended to promote consumer's participation in the therapeutic process
  • To become familiar with a newly developed tool, CAPs, for use by consumers to present salient features of their culture that might influence care planning.
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Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression

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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