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Star Center Teleconference Series

Integration of Recovery and Peer Support Models in Latino Communities

STAR Center consultants Katy Castro and Juan Velez-Court discussed their efforts to integrate recovery and peer support services into community life in Puerto Rico. The teleconference included an open exchange of ideas on community outreach, advocacy, and social inclusion of underserved communities.


Free Cultural Competency Toolkit and Training: Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-run Programs and Self-help Groups

University of Illinois at Chicago - National Research and Training: Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Professor and Director Judith A. Cook, Ph. D, Senior Program Manager Marie M. Hamilton, LCSW, MPH, and NAMI STAR Center Director Stephen R. Kiosk, M. Div., LPC provided relevant background and FREE training for the cultural competence tool available for free download under the resources section at www.consumerstar.org .


The Spirituality Teleconference
The STAR Center conducted the second of five teleconferences devoted to exploring the relationship between spirituality, mental health, diversity, and self-help and empowerment: Diverse Religious & Spiritual Perspectives on Mental Distress/Illness, Mental Wellness, and Healing.

This enlightening teleconference featured a multitude of spiritual practitioners from various backgrounds including: a Tibetan Buddhist assisting mental health consumers in community & inpatient settings to connect with their spirituality, an indigenous Shaman from Ecuador, and a Christian Pastor leading a ministry to serve people living on the streets of Oakland, California.


Finding Your Spiritual Strength in Difficult Times

In this 90-minute session facilitated by Rev. Laura L. Mancuso, MS, CRC/CPRP, Interfaith Chaplain, and STAR Center Director, Stephen Kiosk, M.Div., LPC, (ordained minister/priest) the STAR Center has launched a series of five teleconferences on spirituality, which has been a significant component for personal empowerment, resiliency, and cultural identity for many throughout human history.

For those unable to attend please feel free to listen to the recording Finding Your Spiritual Strength in Difficult Time

STAR Center Teleconference Series - Changes that Can Stress Us Out: Talking to Each Other For Sanity and Wellness

Many of us are facing difficult times. Financially. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. For some, spiritually, too—for some, attitudinally. How can we remain centered in our strength when so much seems to be going wrong?

Please join us in a conversation focused on recovery and wellness to strengthen each other during very difficult times and to rekindle each other’s experience of hope.
STAR Center Teleconference, July 10, 2010 5:00 pm ET

STAR Center Teleconference Series- Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month with Tenemos Voz, New Mexico: Building Latino/Hispano Networks

Studies have shown that older Hispanic adults and youth are especially vulnerable to the stresses of immigration and acculturation. Many older Hispanic Americans find the strain of acculturation overwhelming.  Traditional values and beliefs for these individuals are often at odds with new cultural experiences; a stress often intensified by lack family support and language barriers.
STAR Center Teleconference, June 24, 2010 5:00 pm ET

STARCenter Teleconference Series: GLBTQI* Pride Month: A Celebration of Recovery, Mental Health and Wellness (*Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex)

Long before the rise of the patriarchal structures of power there were 10 roles in indigenous or native societies.  In his book, Coming Out Spiritually, Christian de la Huerta identifies ten spiritual roles that the GLBTQI community has assumed throughout the course of history:  catalytic transformers, outsiders, consciousness scouts, sacred clowns, keepers of beauty, caregivers, mediators, shamans and priests, the Divine androgyne and gatekeepers.
STAR Center Teleconference, June 17, 2010 5:00 pm ET

STAR Center Teleconference Series - The Future of Behavioral Healthcare Post-Legislation:  Where Do We Go From Here?  An Open Conversation with Gitane, Catherine, Can, John & YOU!

The summit in Santa Fe, NM, "A New Era in Behavioral Health: Charting the Course", assembled over more than 150 behavioral health care leaders, consumers and advocates with the focus on identifying key strategies to effectively position behavioral health in the newly emerging healthcare marketplace.

This was a conversation regarding reactions to proposed goals that are reflected in the new healthcare legislation. 
STAR Center Teleconference, May 3, 2010, 5:00 pm ET


The Difference Between “Opposite” and “Backward” Medicine and its Application to Mental Health Treatment

Please join us for a discussion around “Forward Motion”, “Opposite Motion” and “Backward or Contrary Motion” as well as the psycho-social view of these models.  This session will present some ideas, information, resources for consideration and discussion with the intention of supporting our learning together, encouraging self- and community-empowerment, and affirming or discovering helpful thoughts and practices.
STAR Center Teleconference, March 23, 2010, 5:00 pm ET


Healing Our Hearts: Honoring our Black Ancestors and Ourselves
During the month of February, we acknowledge and honor Black History Month! 

Black History Month shares the same timeframe with Valentine’s Day which can, perhaps, be seen to invite us to revisit, review, and appreciate our lives and valued relationships with a genuine kind of love for ourselves and others.
STAR Center Teleconference, February 16, 2010, 5:00 pm ET


Honoring the Past, Recognizing the Power of Now, and Taking Next Steps to Experiencing a Dynamic Future
Please join us as we explore ways of creating a wellness toolbox that includes approaches from multiple cultures, with information and discussion that recognizes some time-honored practices and traditions. You are invited to take part in sharing, discussing, and learning together as we search for strategies to develop a personal wellness toolbox to identify what can work for us right now.
STAR Center Teleconference, January 19, 2010, 5:00 pm ET


Multicultural Wellness, the Holidays, and You: Creating New Meaning and Ways to Celebrate
For many of us, the holidays can be occasions for getting together to celebrate. For others, though, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time of encountering cultural differences, demanding or challenging family dynamics, and uncomfortable feelings that are associated with unpleasant experiences from years past.

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss and share about cultural celebrations, attitudes, and rituals that can help to lessen distress that can arise, and will invite participants to claim new meaning and adopt new ways of celebrating that tap into creative, affirming, and recovery/wellness-oriented thinking.

STAR Center Teleconference, December 16, 2009, 5:00 pm ET


Focus Now! Life is Worth Living: How You Can Change Your View And Change Your Life
In this session, information on the theory behind what “Salutogenesis” will be provided.  There will also be a discussion on practical strategies using Salutogenesis to bring about mental health, wellness and resiliency, and how the Prosumer Program puts the theory into practice for recovery and wellness.
STAR Center Teleconference, September 22, 2009, 5:00 pm ET


Mental Health and Wellness: Self-Help Tools and Practices to Support Your Personal Recovery and Growth
This session will present some ideas, information, resources for consideration and discussion on mental health recovery with the intention of supporting our learning together, encouraging self- and community-empowerment, and affirming or discovering helpful thoughts and practices.
STAR Center Teleconference, August 18, 2009, 5:00 pm ET


Self-Determination: What does this mean? How do I balance my life's dreams with realistic and achievable goals?
The National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NRTC) promotes access to effective consumer-driven and community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. The Center is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry.  In this session, we will spend some time reviewing self-determination concepts and theory, as well as a couple of the Center’s primary self-determination tools.
STAR Center Teleconference, July 21, 2009, 5:00 pm ET


Mental Health Recovery:  What is it? What are steps to recovery? What are current approaches, challenges, and controversies in recovery?
This session will present some ideas, information, questions and scenarios for consideration and discussion on mental health recovery with the intention of supporting learning together, encouraging self- and community-empowerment, and affirming or discovering helpful thoughts and practices.
STAR Center Teleconference, June 30, 2009, 5:00 pm ET

Latinos in Recovery
STAR Center Teleconference, May 27, 2006, 7:00 pm ET

Women in Recovery
STAR Center Teleconference, March 29, 2006, 7:00 pm ET


Cultural Perspectives on Healing after a Disaster
STAR Center Teleconference, January 24, 2006, 7:00 pm ET


American Indian and Alaskan Native Perspectives on Recovery and Wellness
STAR Center Teleconference, November 29, 2005, 7:00 pm ET


Outreach to Consumers of Color
STAR Center Teleconference, September 19, 2005, 7:00 pm ET


Housing and Recovery
STAR Center Teleconference, July 7, 2005, 7:00 pm ET

Recovery and Employment in the Latino Community (English)
STAR Center Teleconference, April 28, 2005, 7:00 pm ET


Recuperación y Empleo en la Comunidad Latina (Español)
Teleconferencia del Centro STAR, 21 abril, 2005, 7:00 pm ET


Experiences of Self-Help in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities
STAR Center Teleconference, December 15, 2004, 7:00 pm ET


Asian American/Pacific Islander Experiences of Self-Help
STAR Center Teleconference, September 29, 2004, 3:00 pm ET


African American Experiences of Self-Help
STAR Center Teleconference, August 4, 2004, 3:00 pm ET


Words of Encouragement From Personal Experiences:

Find resources by community:


African American

Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders

Native Americans Alaskan Natives


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Intersex

Youth and Students


Older Americans

Links to resources in languages other than English.

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