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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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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:

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!

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Additional Resources and Bibliography:

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

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Archive of Webinars and Teleconferences:

Star Center Teleconference Series

Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression

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Description: This interactive webinar provides an overview on how to engage in meaningful, respectful conversations with, or as, individuals from underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities. Participants 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

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