2018 Slides and Videos

Adapting the US CPS and Endorsements for the American Public School System

Jen Padron has seen multiple benefits for developing programmatic models of Peer Workforce deliverables. You will learn how to apply the Certified Peer Specialist and Endorsements (Vet to Vet, Family to Family, Transition Age Youth, Recovery Coach, Forensic Recovery Specialist) to support Peer to Peer initiatives nationally.


The Pre Conference is for Peer based Providers in the US States offering Medicaid Waiver opportunities for a 2018 roll-out. A brand new US Public Schools Secondary Environment Transition Age Youth Certified Peer Specialist Recovery Coach business model will be used as the working example for developing your fiscally sustainable P2P wrap-around supportive portfolio.


The Impact of Sexual Assault on Mental Health

Every 98 seconds, someone the US is sexually assaulted. This is unacceptable. With the re-energized #metoo campaign and news stories regarding sexual violence almost daily, let's get to the facts. Let's acknowledge the reality that 1 in 5 people live in. Let's address what survivors face in the aftermath, and how we can better support and advocate. Let's call out false narratives and demand accountability. Let's create safer, more informed communities. Let's do something.

What is Reality?

Many of us with psychiatric labels have been told we are "out of touch with reality." But what is reality? How does it work? In this workshop we will examine new ways to view reality that are inclusive even to those who live with unusual experiences. We will also examine the science of reality. Is it possible that those of us diagnosed with “mental illness” are actually experiencing a deeper reality, not a delusional one?

Hearing Voices Network Mini-Training

This workshop is an introduction to HVN facilitation skills. Participants will learn practical techniques they can use when working with any kind of group. These ideas are also useful when navigating our own life experiences. We will focus on exploring meaning rather than adhering to psychiatric labels. We will come together as experts-by-experience, learning about HVN's history, its charter and values, as well as core concepts that make Hearing Voices groups so innovative and unique.

Peer-run Crisis Respites: It's Our Time!

A mix of information about successful Peer-Run Respite models in the United States. We will take time to gather input about what people want our Oregon Peer-Run Respites to look like.

Intentional Peer Support: Foundation for Various Roles in Support

Intentional Peer Support by Shery Mead (IPS):

3 principles: Helping to Learning, Fear to Hope, Individual to Relationship

4 Tasks: Connection/Worldview/Mutuality/Moving Towards

What are the various roles of peer and human services supports and how does IPS apply. IPS provides a relationship based model to maintain authentic and holistic foundation which allows for mutually walking with individuals. The word Intentional in IPS, specifically means intentionally doing something different and non traditional.

Connecting Clients to the Substance Community

Have you ever wondered what it is like to attend a substance based recovery meeting? We will discuss various types of community based substance support groups including popular 12 step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We will also discuss offshoots of these two programs including MA, GA, OA, HA and CMA. You will also learn about meeting formats and what to expect from less mainstream meetings including SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery and SOS.

Cognitive Liberty: A Human Rights Perspective on Mental Health

This workshop will introduce participants to cognitive liberty, i.e. the right to experience any thought, feeling, belief, and expression of such, as long as they are not harming others. The workshop will discuss how the ideas of cognitive liberty scholars and advocates apply to various marginalized groups, including people diagnosed with mental illness and people in the substance use community. The workshop will also discuss barriers to cognitive liberty such as forced treatment and criminalization.

Healing, Sharing, and Advocating Through Memoir

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the process of writing memoirs and personal stories for those who wish to write about their lived experience of emotional distress, trauma, and/or human rights abuses within the mental health system. Participants will learn the basics of story structure, character development, and narration as applied to creative nonfiction. They will also learn how memoir writing can be useful tool in both healing and advocacy.

Nothing About Us Without... Which Ones of Us

A presentation/discussion of normal human and system patterns which can unintentionally undermine an organization/system's implementation of "Nothing About Us Without Us." This work session will use didactics, discussion, and a vignette to assemble a collection of options for preventing unintended impediments to inclusion, collaboration, and coalition-development.

Perception: Do You See What I See?

Using a mix of hands on experience, observation and talk, this session seeks to explain how our own perception of situations and individuals influences how we approach them. Seeing people through other lenses allows us to expand our thought process and use perception to reach out in the most effective and meaningful way. Focused on adult learners to maximize retention of material.