Pat's Resume on Recovery and Wellness Trainings and Activities

PATRICK ALAN RISSER
154 Ronald Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(503) 655-2530
Email: parisser@att.net

EDUCATION

University of Denver Law School, Denver, Colorado (1983-1984)
B.A.
- Philosophy/Psychology, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1981)
A.A.
- Political Science/Social Science, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado (1979)
 

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

SELF-EMPLOYED CONSULTANT
Mental Health Consumer/Human Rights Advocate, Social Activist, Philosopher. Work as Consultant and Technical Assistant for various projects. Pursue activist causes such as psychiatric survivor rights, anti-stigma campaigns, disabled peoples rights, benefits and entitlements. Present to audiences on topics ranging from employment to housing to civil rights to empowerment.

CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:

* KAISER PERMANENTE CENTER FOR HEALTH RESEARCH, Portland, Oregon
Consutant on Grant to SAMHSA for a study to examine what processes contribute to recovery from serious mental illnesses.

O.F.F.I.C.E. (Office For Family Involvement and Client Empowerment), Martinez, California
Volunteer technical assistant, paid project co-coordinator and independent contractor/consultant. Helped develop the concept and design for a program to train mental health clients to work in the mental health system as providers of services. Co-designed and created the curriculum and co-facilitated/taught mental health consumers in an intensive ten week fast track program format. Topics covered included symptom management, benefits, systems and advocacy, peer counseling, networking, today's mental health system, paperwork, diagnostic labels, medications, case management, the disabled rights movement and the mental health consumer rights movement. Participated in the education, outreach and sensitivity increasing activities necessary to gain key endorsements of the program by County Mental Health Administration, County and Contract mental health staff, local family member groups, local communities, local community college systems and local consumer networks among others. Worked on various other aspects involved with a program this size including fund raising, job development, on-the-job supports and continuing education. Have taught this training three times and trained others as trainers for the program.

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

10/06 The Culture of Grassroots Organizing: Transformation and Accountability - Veteran grassroots organizers discuss bringing the "grassroots underground to the surface." Real transformation means changes in the social infrastructure through sensitive, often unheralded detail work. Grassroots work ­ commonly taken for granted ­ must truly be valued and appreciated. "Transformation" obliges being accountable to people whose recovery situation is transformed. Co-Presented this institute at the National ³Alternatives 2006² Conference in Portland, Oregon

10/06 How Consumer/Survivors are Working to Reduce and Eliminate the use of Seclusion & Restraints - How consumers/survivors are contributing to the reduction of restraint/seclusion. More about advocacy opportunities to eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion. Mentalism and trauma discussed in detail. Co-Presented this workshop at the National ³Alternatives 2006² Conference in Portland, Oregon

10/06 Rap With Pat - This workshop is designed for people to have an opportunity to interact with a ³consumer/survivor² leader and to discuss such topics as, ³What¹s gone wrong with the concept of recovery?² Presented at the 2006 National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Salt Lake City, Utah

10/06 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2006 National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Salt Lake City, Utah

9/06 Recovery: Hopes and Dreams of Real Transformation - Keynote presentation at the 20th Annual Statewide Mental Health Consumer Conference hosted by Knowledge Empowers You (KEY) in Indianapolis, Indiana

7/06 Recovery: Hopes and Dreams of Real Transformation - Keynote presentation at the Fourth Annual ³Celebration Recovery² Conference of the Ohio Adult Recovery Network in Akron, Ohio

5/06 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2006 Mental Health Consumer & Family Education and Leadership Conference. Anchorage, Alaska

12/05 To Be A Mental Patient - Keynote presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Mental Health Association of Collier County in Naples, Florida

10/05 How are Consumer/Survivors helping to Reduce/Eliminate the use of Seclusion and Restraint? (Part I) - How consumers/survivors are contributing to the reduction of restraint/seclusion. How to get your state's Protection and Advocacy organization to be more effective. In depth coverage of de-escalation techniques and the use of comfort rooms. Co-Presented this workshop at the National Alternatives Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

10/05 How are Consumer/Survivors helping to Reduce/Eliminate the use of Seclusion and Restraint? (Part II) - More about advocacy opportunities to eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion. Mentalism and trauma discussed in detail. Co-Presented this workshop at the National Alternatives Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

6/05 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2005 National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5/05 Disconnect: Changing Social Relations and Combating the Psychology of War - The present war mentality focuses on 'getting evil to behave', on producing conformity to "globalized" society. Along a similar path, we must find a means of attending to the problem of moving mental health from a 'mental disease' concept to a 'democratic dialogue' (Gergen) and to do so we must deconstruct the social basis of that "replacement" psychology. We must target turning the deficit-based behavioral medicine paradigm into an asset-based trauma work collaborative. This workshop was focused on how to build tools for constructing dialogue between the "client/survivor" movement and psychologists and counselors on the basis of social justice and enhanced mutual respect beyond what generally obtains now. Veteran activists engaged participants in a roundtable style conversation. Presented at the 2005 Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice conference. Portland, Oregon

5/05 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop will concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2005 Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice conference. Portland, Oregon

2/05 The "Consumer" Movement: Past, Present and Future - Presentation as a guest lecturer to a class on Evidence-Based Interventions for Community Mental Health Practice at the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. Portland, Oregon

1/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Portland, Oregon

1/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Hillsboro, Oregon

07/04 Peer and Self-Advocacy and Serving on Advisory Boards and Councils - Training provided to consumers/survivors in Southwest Oregon. Coos Bay

11/03 Critical Connections - A professional/consumer panel interacting with each other and the audience to enhance case management and consumer case management practice and mutual respect and understanding. Presented this plenary session as a panelist at the National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Nashville, Tennessee

10/03 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - Presented at: Celebrate Wellness IV: A Statewide Conference Promoting the Health and Wellness of Oregonians with Disabilities. Portland, Oregon

10/03 Risser, Pat (2004). Barriers to Self-Determination for People who have been Identified as Having Mental Illness in Western Society - In UIC NRTC's National Self-Determination and Psychiatric Disability Invitational Conference: Conference Papers (J. Jonikas & J. Cook, Eds.), pp. 209-230., Chicago, IL: UIC National Research & Training Center on Psychiatric Disability. Available online at (UIC_NRTC)

6/03 Consult on Mental Health Courts - Met with and provided consultation to representative from Yamhill County regarding Mental Health Courts and how to keep them from becoming oppressive toward those whom they are designed to serve. Lake Oswego, Oregon

5/03 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - Presentation at National Association of Social Workers-Oregon Chapter, annual conference. Tualatin, Oregon

2/03 Consumer/Survivor Perspectives on Public Mental Health Services - Presentation as a guest lecturer to a class at the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. Also discussed the Recovery Model of service provision and how social workers can be more sensitive and better partners with consumers in the assessment and diagnosis process and the history of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) movement as a social change movement and a review of issues of self-determination. Portland, Oregon

1/03 Capitol Voices - Presented as part of this full day training for mental health consumers on how the legislative process works (or doesn't). Salem, Oregon

1/03 Consumer/Survivor Perspective on Mental Health Services - Presented half-day as guest lecturer to a class of Senior nursing students at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Portland, Oregon

12/02 History of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) Movement - Presented to Renaissance Peer Counseling support class (part of Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare, Inc.) in Portland, Oregon

12/02 Peer and Self Advocacy 102 - Presented this two-day training on Mental Status Exam, Diagnosis and Psychiatric Medications to the Circle of Hope Drop-in Center in Corvallis, Oregon

10/02 Consumer/Survivor Perspective on Mental Health Services - Presented half-day as guest lecturer to a class of Senior nursing students at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Portland, Oregon

10/02 Introduction to Consumer/Survivor Self-Determination - Half-day intensive learning module presented at the "Fall Institute on Self-Determination" (An Activity of the Real Choice Systems Change Project of the Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Service). Topics included: History of Consumer/Survivor Self-Determination; Values and Principles of Consumer/ Survivor Self-Determination; Philosophy of Recovery. Portland, Oregon

10/02 Self-Help and Community Centers: From the Patients Rights Era to the Present with Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc. - Presentation at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, "Remembering Our Past & Celebrating the Future! A Tribute to the Successes of the Second Oldest Consumer-Run Organization in the U.S.A.!" for Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc. in Concord, California

9/02 Real Conversations - Workshop presented at Alternatives 2002 Conference. In the course of developing a process that would lead to a National Organization for the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement differences had to be overcome and ways of communicating and trusting had to be developed. This workshop discusses some of how that happened. Atlanta, Georgia

9/02 Recovery From Trauma - Workshop presented at Alternatives 2002 Conference. People who have survived trauma are often given psychiatric labels, but the traumatic causes of their distress are often not identified or may even be denied by those providing services. Existing mental health treatment often re-traumatizes the survivor. This workshop will discuss issues around recovery from trauma. The definition of trauma will be explored, as well as the long-term manifestations of trauma in people's lives. Current diagnostic issues and rationales for treatment will be critically examined, especially with respect to the punitive use of the diagnoses. Atlanta, Georgia

9/02 Introduction to Peer and Self-Advocacy - Two day training presented to consumer/survivors at Circle of Hope Drop-In Center in Corvallis, Oregon

8/02 Starting and Governing a Consumer Operated Drop-In Center - Training presented on behalf of OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance) to consumer/ survivors from Sweet Home Drop-In in Albany, Oregon, from On Our Own Drop-In in Albany, Oregon and from Circle of Hope Drop-In in Corvalllis, Oregon

8/02 The Case Against the Use of Force and Coercion in Mental Health Care - Testimony b efore a sub-committee of President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in Washington, D.C.

7/02 Identifying and Overcoming Mentalism - Co-authored this article which is currently in press (Community Mental Health Journal) with Coni Kalinowski, M.D.

7/02 C.R.I.S.P. (Crisis Recovery Individualized Support Plan) - This article outlining a successful method of reducing inpatient hospitalizations for people who have been labeled with psychiatric disabilities is currently in press (Community Mental Health Journal).

6/02 Trauma Awareness and Responsive Mental Health Service - Co-presented this training to mental health professionals to increase the knowledge level and awareness of participants about the permanent and changeable effects of serious trauma and neglect. Participants learned about actions and supports to assist trauma survivors in their recovery. New trauma-focused treatment approaches revealing positive results were discussed. Responses that might trigger reactions arising out of old trauma were identified, and the possible interaction of trauma effects with offered mental health services were explored. The training was also designed to sensitize mental health staff to the experiences of trauma survivors and the potential for triggering and retraumatization.

6/02 Recognizing and Overcoming Internalized Oppression - Presentation at Camp OCTA Leadership Conference, this was an interactive workshop with participants identifying their own internalized oppression based on examples provided by the workshop facilitator. Participants were also challenged to learn to be assertive in giving up those internalized oppressions and thus be better able to suggest changes to the mental health system. "As advocates, we can't challenge oppression in ourselves and others and thus make the system better, if we can't recognize the oppression that exists." Presented at Camp Magruder at Rockaway Beach, Oregon

6/02 History of the C/S/X Patient's Rights Movement - Co-Presented at Camp OCTA Leadership Conference, this was an interactive workshop that traced the history of the struggles of our movement through it's roots in self-help/peer support to the current situation with the American's with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision. (C/S/X = Consumer or Client, Survivor, Ex-Patient or Ex-Inmate) Presented at Camp Magruder at Rockaway Beach, Oregon

5/02 Introduction to Advocacy and Activism - Presentation at O.C.T.A. (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance), for Oregon Trail Project III to train consumer/survivors in how to get more involved in local public policy by participation on Advisory Boards. Presented in Portland, Oregon

5/02 Successful Community Living - Workshop presentation to mental health service providers (Case Managers and Adult Foster Care Home Workers) in Burns, Oregon

5/02 Human Sexuality and Mental Health Recovery: The Final Taboo - Workshop presentation at the Spring 2002 CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Services) Conference. Presented in Walnut Creek, California

4/02 Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure and Assure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance - Co-Authored with Robert Paulson, Rachel Post and Heidi Herinckx. Abstract: Fidelity scales have become an accepted part of intervention research. Initially, fidelity scales focused on critical components of an intervention. In this paper we argue that the next generation of fidelity scales should include key process variables such as choice. Since choice is an essential element in all empowerment and recovery driven intervention models, a fidelity scale for an enhanced version of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment model that incorporates choice as a fundamental component was developed as part of a SAMHSA community action grant. The process for developing the choice component and the dimensions measured are also described. Community Mental Health Journal, 38 (2): 119-128, April 2002

1/02 Crisis Planning to Avoid Hospitalization and Advance Directives - Co-Presented at Renaissance (a program with Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare, Inc.) in Portland, Oregon

11/01 What Is Recovery? - Article in Westward Union, Newsletter of the National Empowerment Center on the West Coast. Volume V, No. 1; Fall 2001

10/01 History of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) Movement and a Review of Issues of Self-Determination and Recovery - Presentation at Open Door Consumer Center in Astoria, Oregon

10/01 Consumer Perspectives on Public Mental Health Services - Presentation to a class at the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. Also discussed the Recovery Model of service provision and how social workers can be more sensitive and better partners with consumers in the assessment and diagnosis process and the history of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) movement as a social change movement and a review of issues of self-determination - Presented in Portland, Oregon

9/01 History of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) Movement and a Review of Issues of Self-Determination and Recovery - Presentation to Psychiatric Interns at OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) in Portland, Oregon (also presented in 6/01)

8/01 Human Sexuality and Mental Health Recovery: The Final Taboo - Workshop presentation at the "Alternatives 2001" Conference. Presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8/01 An Overview of Consumer Involvement in Public Policy: The Consumer Movement, It's History, Empowerment and Recovery - Presentation at Mental Health Community Forum in association with O.C.T.A. (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance)(OCTA). Presented in Corvallis, Oregon

7/01 Human Sexuality and Mental Health Recovery: The Final Taboo - Workshop presentation at the World Assembly for Mental Health: Respecting Diversity in a Changing World Conference. Presented in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

6/01 History of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) Movement - Presented to Renaissance Peer Counseling support class (part of Network Behavioral HealthCare, Inc.) in Portland, Oregon

5/01 An Overview of Consumer Involvement in Public Policy: The Consumer Movement, It's History and Empowerment - Presentation at O.C.T.A. (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance), (OCTA) for Oregon Trail Project II to train consumer/survivors in how to get more involved in local public policy by participation on Advisory Boards. Presented in Portland, Oregon

5/01 Roles of Partners in Recovery - Co-Presented this workshop on the roles of various important people necessary to build a recovery oriented public mental health system at the CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) 2001 conference in Walnut Creek, California

4/01 History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement; Balancing Empowerment, Recovery and Advocacy - Presented to the members of "A Place Of Our Own" Drop-In Center in Tillamook, Oregon

4/01 Recovery: More Than Just Another Name for the Same Old Thing - Co-Presented this workshop on a new "model" of recovery at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's "In the Public Interest: Strategies and Solutions for Tomorrow" Annual Training Conference in Portland, Oregon

2/01 Incorporating Concepts of Recovery and Wellness into the Old Paradigm - Keynote presentation to the MVBCN (Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network) Third Annual Quality Colloquium: Creating a Consumer-Centered System in Salem, Oregon

11/00 The Consumer Perspective on Recovery and the Value of Work with the IPS+ Program - Full day training presented to Washington and Multnomah County IPS+ (Individualized Placement and Support) providers who are part of start-up, pilot projects to provide intensive case management and supported employment services. Presented in Portland, Oregon

11/00 The Journey from Mental Patient to Psychiatric Survivor: Overcoming Mentalism - Workshop presented at the "NARPA 2000" (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) conference; Taking Power to the People: Knowledge Plus Action. Many psychiatric survivors have overcome many of the effects of the trauma of mentalism. This interactive workshop focused on helping people to identify mentalism, its effects and steps in overcoming mentalist attitudes within a recovery framework. Presented in Sacramento, California

10/00 Mental Health Treatment that Works: National and Local Perspectives - Co-Presented this workshop at Mental Health and the Law conference sponsored by Multnomah County NAMI. In this workshop, consumer/survivors and advocates together discussed recovery-based, consumer-focused programs that result in long-lasting, successful outcomes with increased community tenure. We also exposed some of the prevalent myths around mental illness, such as the violence myth and the myth of the need for forced treatment, and how these and other myths are hurting rather than helping people get the services they need to prosper. Presented in Portland, Oregon

10/00 Consumer Perspectives on Public Mental Health Services - Presentation to a class at the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. Also discussed the Recovery Model of service provision and how social workers can be more sensitive and better partners with consumers in the assessment and diagnosis process and the history of the C/S/X (Consumer/Client/Survivor/Ex-inmate/Ex-patient) movement as a social change movement and a review of issues of self-determination - Presented in Portland, Oregon

10/00 The Journey from Mental Patient to Psychiatric Survivor: Overcoming Mentalism - Workshop presented at "Alternatives 2000" conference. Many psychiatric survivors have overcome many of the effects of the trauma of mentalism. This interactive workshop focused on helping people to identify mentalism, its effects and steps in overcoming mentalist attitudes within a recovery framework. Presented in Nashville, Tennessee

8/00 The Journey from Mental Patient to Psychiatric Survivor: Overcoming Mentalism - Workshop presented at "Voices of Hope" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors second annual conference) sponsored by OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance). Many psychiatric survivors have overcome many of the effects of the trauma of mentalism. This interactive workshop focused on helping people to identify mentalism, its effects and steps in overcoming mentalist attitudes within a recovery framework. Presented in Portland, Oregon

4/00 Recovery and the Modern Mental Health System - Presentation to the Governor's Mental Health Alignment Work Group in Turner, Oregon

1/00 Recovery - Article in Paradigm, a quarterly publication of The Office of Consumer Technical Assistance (Recovery Article)

11/99 Consumer Empowerment and Advocacy; Increasing the Voice of Consumers in the Mental Health System - Co-Presented this full day training with OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance) in Grants Pass, Oregon

11/99 Recovery Model - Workshop presented twice at Oregon State's Successful Community Living Conference in Springfield, Oregon

5/99 Recovery:Consumer/Survivor Perspectives - Workshop to introduce people to the idea of "mental health" instead of "mental illness" and talk about recovery and independence instead of the limitations which are stereotypically placed on mental patients. Presented on how people can learn to overcome their limitations and acquire the skills to live and thrive successfuly in the community in ways which promote independence and freedom. Presented at "Visions of Strength" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors first annual conference), Springfield, Oregon

5/99 Recovery and Empowerment - Plenary Panel member for opening night panel at "Visions of Strength" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors first annual conference), Springfield, Oregon

5/98 Let`s Understand Each Other - Presentation of all day workshop designed to promote unity, partnership and understanding in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month sponsored by Yolo County Mental Health (YCMH), Yolo Consumer Self-Help, Advocacy and Peer Support (CSHAPES) and Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) to the Yolo County, California Mental Health Community in Woodland, California

4/98 Empowering Mental Health Clients - Presentation to Yolo Consumer Self-Help, Advocacy and Peer Support (CSHAPES) in Woodland, California

4/96 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at graduate student training for The Union Institute, San Francisco, California

5/95 Developing Housing for People with Psychiatric Disabilities - Co-presented at HOUSING CALIFORNIA '95 Conference, Sacramento, California

3/95 Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy - Faculty/Consultant with University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation presentation to Future of the State Hospitals Task Force; Assessment Work Group, South San Francisco, California

8/94 Providing Support Over the Telephone to the Chronically Mentally Ill Repeat Caller - Co-presented to Crisis and Suicide Intervention of Contra Costa phone worker training, Walnut Creek, California

3/94 Experiences in Empowerment and Mental Health Board Activism - Presentation as part of Panel at Sonoma County Mental Health Board Client Empowerment Training - Part 1, Santa Rosa, California

10/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

9/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

4/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

4/92 An Empowering Journey - Published in "The Journal", Volume 3, Number 2, a quarterly publication of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

2/92 "Informed Consent and `Riese' Capacity Hearings" - Organized Training regarding informed consent and involuntary medications in Contra Costa County and presented on local concerns from a Patients' Rights Advocate perspective, Walnut Creek, California

2/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

10/91 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

8/91 Training and Self-Advocacy - Presentation as part of this workshop at Patients' Rights Advocacy Training Conference, Burlingame, California

4/91 Consumer Advocates Call Others to Action - Published Interview in "InSites", Vol. IV, No. 2, a publication of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program on Chronic Mental Illness

12/90 Changing Roles of Consumers and Family Members in the Delivery of Mental Health Services - Presentation at Colorado Association of Community Mental Health Center and Clinics Policy Forum, Denver, Colorado

9/90 Overcoming Obstacles in Consumer Empowerment - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

5/90 Peer Self-Help, Empowerment and Advocacy - Opening Address presentation at First Annual SCCORE Conference, Estes Park, Colorado

5/90 Overprotectiveness and Fear of Loss of Services and Friends - Presentation at First Annual Developmental Disabilities Planning Council "Empowerment" Conference, Denver, Colorado

5/90 Consumer Self-Advocacy - Presentation at First Annual Mental Health Advocates Forum, Evergreen, Colorado

10/89 What is Mental Illness? - Presentation to church group for Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Co-presented with Colorado State Director of Mental Health for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Denver, Colorado

6/88 Coalition Building: Increasing AMI Membership through Consumer Involvement - Presentation at NAMI Annual Convention; Leadership Conference, Boulder, Colorado

4/88 Battered and Abused - Unpublished autobiography on the subject of my history of abuse both as a child and a mental patient (Pat's Book - Battered and Abused)

9/87 Change From Within: The Consumer Movement in Colorado - Presentation at Annual Colorado Mental Health Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado

3/87 The Self Defeat of Perfectionism - Presentation to the first class of Consumer Case Manager Aide Trainees, Denver, Colorado

AWARDS


* 6/95 Appreciation Award from first class of graduates of Solano County Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training Class, Fairfield, California
* 12/94 Appreciation Award from second class of graduates of Contra Costa Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training Class, Pleasant Hill, California
* 4/94 Certificate of Appreciation from first graduates of Contra Costa Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training class, Concord, California
* 12/93 Certificate of Appreciation presented by Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc., California
* 5/91 Outstanding Lifetime Service Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 5/90 Outstanding Leadership Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 4/90 Certificate of Appreciation presented by Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill
* 6/88 Letter of Appreciation presented by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for 1988 National Conference participation and leadership, Colorado