Perspective from previous Alternatives Conferences
The conference will be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time on both September 3 and 4.
Only certain sessions of our 2020 conference will be available to watch at a later date. If a recording of a session will be available, it's noted on the agenda.
Join ACCESS California in this virtual event for our third annual conference, and hear three special presentations by Patrick Hendry the Vice President Peer Advocacy, Services and Supports, Kelly A. Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services with Mental Health America, and Amy Farrington, Director of Certification, Florida Certification Board. Conference participants will learn more about the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential. Participants will also be provided with an overview of the ACCESS program's objectives, a summary of the program activities conducted thus far, and key findings on peer support in the public mental health system. Additionally, this conference creates opportunities for clients/consumers to participate in statewide policy discussions and collaborate with local and state policy makers, organizational leaders, providers, and the general public to address important issues impacting mental health services in local communities and affecting clients throughout California.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for MHA-National Certified Peer Specialists (NCPS). NCPS requires 10 CEUs per year. Find out more here.
Meet the speakers
Patrick Hendry: is the Vice President for Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services at MHA and has experienced life with a psychiatric diagnosis both personally and as a parent of a child with lived experience. Throughout his work he has focused on human rights, peer provided services, self-directed care, and social inclusion. He is the recipient of MHA’s Clifford Beers award, SAMHSA’s Voice award for peer leadership, and The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Inspiring Hope, Reintegration Lifetime Achievement award. Patrick is passionate about the inclusion of peers/consumers throughout the behavioral health system.
Kelly Davis: is the Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America, where she works on the expansion of peer support and young adult leadership. She is passionate about positive psychology, civil rights, empowerment, and lived experience-driven programs and policies. In 2019, Kelly was awarded the Disruptive Innovator Award by the International Association of Peer Supporters, given to a young person making positive change in mental health through positive disruption. She is a certified yoga teacher and holds a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology from The Flourishing Center. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Farrington: is the Director of Certification at the Florida Certification Board (FCB), the certifying body for the National Certified Peer Specialist credential. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design and brings more than 18 years of statewide and national experience developing and administering professional adult education, training, and certification programs. She has been responsible for the development and administration of all facets of FCB’s professional certification programs. Prior to joining the FCB, she served as the Director of Education and Training at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Mrs. Farrington is also the Director of Comprehensive Examination Services, Inc., an exam development and exam-grading corporation.
Who Should Attend
Clients, consumers, and advocates
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2020 NAMI California Annual Conference
Online and Free, October 12-13, 2020
Scheduled for Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th, this annual conference will offer keynote speakers and workshops that look at current trends, practices, treatments and activities in mental health across the State. Featured speakers include:
Note: Workshops will be recorded and viewable after the end of the conference, so don't worry if you miss a session!
Due to COVID-19, NAMI is hosting its annual national convention online, at no cost to attendees. The two-day event, on July 13-14, 2020, features workshops, roundtables and lectures on topics in mental health research and advocacy, including:
Peerpocalypse is a conference of leaders, emerging leaders, innovators, and peers who want to become more involved in the peer community. Adopting the philosophy that peers bring with them a great deal of knowledge and expertise, the event is about bringing the community together to share information, skills, and experience.
Why do we need a conference like Peerpocalypse?
Hosted by Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon
( Alternatives Conference)
Questions? Call us! (503) 922-2377
or E-mail: email@example.com
Our greatest wish at this time is that everyone remain healthy. Out of an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we at the Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon have decided to postpone Peerpocalypse this year. The new dates for the conference are now July 20th to July 23rd. We will still hold the conference in Seaside, Oregon.
NARPA Mission Statement
NARPA’S mission is to support people with psychiatric diagnoses to exercise their legal and human rights, with the goals of abolishing forced treatment and ensuring autonomy, dignity and choice.
The Complete Application for Workshops is posted on the website at www.narpa.org.
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.
Alternatives to the Medical Model
Strategies Against Forced Treatment
Seclusion and Restraint
Trauma and Healing
Children’s Issues Legal
Strategies Prison and Criminal Justice Issues
Innovative Strategies for Change
The incorporation of diversity and multicultural perspectives into presentations is encouraged. Workshops are approximately 90 minutes. Social Work CEUs and Continuing Legal Education units are planned. Submission deadline March 20. Selected presenters notified via e-mail by April 10.
Electronic submissions preferred.
Submission deadline March 20.
Selected presenters notified via e-mail by
Electronic submissions preferred.