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...
The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
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STAR Center Webinars:
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.
- 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
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.
- 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!
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The Kind of Leadership We Need When Facilitating Collaboration Across Communities
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In this era of social and systems change, we are challenged by a diversity of systems, networks and communities that can no
longer operate in silos if we are to accomplish our respective aims. There is a need for meaningful collaborative action across
communities that can identify our shared vision and goals while addressing the real challenges that often divided us in the past.
This STAR Center webinar reviewed:
- Principles and factors that make collaboration work
- Facilitative leadership skills and approaches
- Role of failure
- Opportunities and challenges for collaborative action across communities
Chacku Mathai is an Indian-American, born in Kuwait, who has over twenty-eight years of experience in mental health and addiction
community based services in a wide variety of roles including youth leader, peer advocate, peer support meeting facilitator,
self-help educator, community organizer and educator, community residence manager, psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner,
trainer and program administrator.
He currently serves as the Director for the NAMI STAR Center, one of five National Technical Assistance Centers funded by the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the overall
program is to provide technical assistance to facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting recovery and
consumer directed approaches.
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