Pat's Resume on Self-Determination 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)
 Training for "Trainers" - Training in Professional Presentation Skills, University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California, (1995)
certificate
- Vocational Financial/Disability Benefits Analyst Specialist, DisAbility Works, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado (1991)
certificate
- Case Manager Aide (including benefits acquisition), Community College of Denver/Regional Assessment and Training Center, Denver, Colorado (1987)
certificate
- Supported Employment in Mental Health, Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, Lakewood, Colorado (1990)
certificate
- How to Make Social Security Work for You, Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, Lakewood, Colorado (1990)
certificate
- Colorado Outward Bound School, Denver, Colorado (1988)
continuing education
- Over 500 hours of continuing education contact hours in mental health and related fields (1987 - present)

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 in 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)

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

11/02 Recognizing and Overcoming Internalized Oppression - Presented this workshop at "NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) 2002: Rights Under Siege" Conference in Portland, 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 Hints and Tips on Effective Presentations - Presented each of five evenings 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: Assertiveness; Stress Management; Use of Multi-Media; Ice-Breakers; Reading and Connecting with an Audience and Role Play. 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 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 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

1/02 Meaningful inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities in White House decision making on mental health issues, better enforcement of civil rights laws and support for the national expansion of peer-run service approaches - Co-Presented to President Bush Domestic Policy Advisors in Washington, D.C.

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

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 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

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

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

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

8/00 A Public Mental Health System Without Coercion - Facilitated this roundtable discussion at the NARMH (National Association for Rural Mental Health) conference in Portland, Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

5/91 Working Together and Sharing in Our Diversity - Presentation at 2nd Annual SCCORE Conference, Grand Junction, Colorado

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

2/91 Featured Presenter in Educational video produced by Colorado Division of Mental Health on Local Area Planning and Participation in Accordance with P.L. 99-660, Denver, Colorado

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

11/90 The Need for a Comprehensive Public Mental Health System: Access Issues for the Medically Indigent - Presentation on behalf of the Colorado Health Care Campaign `90 to a federal and state legislative panel, Denver, Colorado

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

7/90 Assembling the Building Blocks of a Statewide Organization - Presentation at Alternatives `90 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

5/90 Grievance Procedures - Workshop 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 Consumers Want - Plenary panel presentation at Regional CSP Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

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

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
* 12/90 Special Recognition Award presented by The Phoenix Project, Colorado
* 5/90 Outstanding Leadership Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 4/90 Certificate of Appreciation presented by Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill
* 10/89 Communications Award in a Print Medium presented by the Mental Health Association of Colorado for concept and production of first statewide mental health consumer newsletter
* 7/89 Plaque in Appreciation of Service presented by Bethesda Community Mental Health Center Advisory Board, Colorado
* 6/88 Letter of Appreciation presented by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for 1988 National Conference participation and leadership, Colorado