Pat Risser highlights:

* serves on the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the federal Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration where the role is to "advise, consult with, and make recommendations to..." the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Administrator of SAMHSA and the Director of CMHS

* been a human rights/mental health advocate/activist for over 25 years

* supported the Atlantis Community in Denver in 1978 during a sit-in and blockade of the bus system and created the first curb cuts in the nation for people with physical disabilities

* As student body President in college, wrote the first student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities including rights for people with disabilities and women

* built/created a statewide mental health consumer/survivor network in Colorado in the mid-80's by starting over 40 self-help, peer support groups around the state

* helped secure a federal grant for Colorado to support people with mental health issues owning and operating their own businesses

* worked as part of the first consumer/peer supporters in the country (Denver Consumer Case Manager Aide Program) and went on to work as an Intensive Case Manager and then a therapist on a locked Acute Treatment facility

* moved to California 1991 to be director of a $1-million patients' rights agency

* taught mental health consumers/survivors in peer support as employees of the county mental health system (first in country) and developed the original program that later was adopted by Mary Ellen Copeland as WRAP

* moved to Oregon in 1997 and was active with OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance) and other mental health consumer/survivor activities

* moved to Ohio in 2005. Serves on Ohio Legal Rights Services Commission (Ohio's Protection and Advocacy Agency) and the state Mental Health Planning Council

* serves on NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) Board and Witness Justice Board and previously on NACM (National Association of Case Management)

 

 

Summary of Qualifications

RESUME/VITA

Pat Risser

(Patrick Alan Risser, B.A.)

154 Ronald Ave.

Ashland, OH  44805

(419) 281-3078 – home

(419) 908-5770 – cell

email: parisser@att.net

alternate email: patrickrisser@gmail.com

URL: http://www.PatRisser.com

 

Experience Summary

 

      Extensive experience as an author, trainer, facilitator, presenter and consultant

      Human rights activist, mental health advocate and trauma champion for over twenty-five years

      Knowledgeable perspectives as consumer/survivor, professional provider, administrator and family member

      Developed self-help, peer support groups, built and directed statewide consumer network and directed a patients' rights program

      Special expertise in training on trauma issues, mental health recovery and recovery-oriented systems, self-determination, case management and on employing consumers as part of the mental health workforce

 

National Recognition (Awards)

 

      NMHA (National Mental Health Association) Clifford Beers Award in 2005

      NACM (National Association of Case Management) XCEL Award as Consumer Case Manager of the Year in 2000

 

Articles (sample)

 

      Partners in Recovery: A Model for Creating and Measuring a Recovery-Oriented Mental Health System

      Identifying and Overcoming Mentalism: Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma

      Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure and Assure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance

      Positive partnerships: How consumers and non-consumers can work together as service providers

      Barriers to Self-Determination for People who have been Identified as Having Mental Illness in Western Society

 

Organizations Provided Consultant Services

 

      Mandt Behavioral Health Training

      IAPSRS (International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services)

      NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

      USBH (United States Behavioral Health)

      Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

      CIMH (California Institute for Mental Health)

      CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies)

      PSU-RRI (Portland State University – Regional Research Institute)

 

National Mental Health Achievements (1981 - Present)

 

      Alternatives 2006, 2007 and 2009 National Conference Planning Committees

      SOCSI (Subcommittee On Consumer/Survivor Issues) advisory to federal government (SAMHSA and CMHS [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Center for Mental Health Services]) on National mental health consumer/survivor issues

      NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) Board of Directors (also Past President)

      NACM (National Association of Case Management) Board of Directors

      PAIMI (Federal Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Peer Reviewer

 

Ohio Mental Health Achievements (2006 - Present)

 

      Ohio Empowerment Center (Statewide Consumer/Survivor Organization) Steering Committee member

      Ohio Community Support Planning Council Member

      Ohio Adult Recovery Network Board Member

      Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board Member (appointed by Ohio Department of Mental Health)

      Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS) Commissioner (appointed by Ohio Senate President, Bill Harris) and PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

 

Oregon Mental Health Achievements (1998 - 2005)

 

      Oregon State Mental Health Planning Council member

      Oregon State Mental Health Advisory Board member (appointed by Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber)

      Clackamas County Mental Health Council member (Past President)

      Oregon Advocacy Center (P&A) Board of Directors

      Oregon Advocacy Center PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

      Oregon Consumer/Survivor Council member

      S.P.I.R.I.T. (Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training), curriculum and program developer/trainer/consultant

                  crisis management

                  symptom management

                  benefits

                  systems and advocacy

                  peer counseling

                  networking

                  today's mental health system

                  paperwork

                  diagnostic labels

                  medications

                  case management

                  disabled rights movement

                  mental health consumer rights movement

      OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance), a program operated by the Oregon Health and Sciences University Center on Self-Determination, lead training associate

 

California Mental Health Achievements (1991 - 1998)

 

      California State Mental Health Planning Council member

      CALMHB (California Association of Local Mental Health Boards) member

      Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission (appointed by County Supervisor, Jeff Smith) member

      California PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

      MHCC (Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc.), contractor for Contra Costa County Patient Rights, Advocacy and Training and the Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients (over $1 million non-profit contract agency), Co-Executive Director

      Mental Health Association of Contra Costa County Board of Directors (Past President)

      S.P.I.R.I.T. (Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training), curriculum and program developer/trainer/consultant (also called O.F.F.I.C.E. – Office For Family Involvement and Consumer Empowerment)

      Project GEO (Generating Employment Opportunities) University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California, Training Faculty.  Provided trainings (based upon core curriculum values and philosophy) in:

                  Career Planning and Goal Setting (Consumer Directed)

                  Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including psychopharmacologic issues)

                  Client-Directed Services

                  PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System

                  Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy

 

Colorado Mental Health Achievements (1981 - 1991)

 

      Colorado State Mental Health Planning Council member

      Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations (appointed by Colorado Governor, Roy Romer), member

      Bethesda (Southeast Denver) Community Mental Health Center Board of Directors

      MHCD (Mental Health Corporation of Denver) (appointed by Denver Mayor, Federico Pea), a merger of the four Community Mental Health Centers in Denver, Board of Directors

      PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council member

      SCCORE (Statewide Consumers of Colorado On the Rise for Expression), the first statewide consumer/survivor organization, Founder and President

      Denver Consumer Case-Manager Aides, Member of first class in the nation of this training of consumers to be mental health professional service providers

      NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) CSP (Community Support Programs) grant to form a statewide consumer network (Statewide Consumers of Colorado On the Rise for Empowerment – SCCORE), co-author of grant and project facilitator

                  Started over forty consumer self-help, peer support groups and consumer-operated drop-ins

                  Started 17 local AMI (Alliance for the Mentally Ill) support groups

                  Created award winning newsletter to share the information and facilitate communication between support groups

      NIMH-CSP grant to start consumer owned and operated businesses (Phoenix Project), co-author of grant and project facilitator

                  Taught people to write effective business plans

                  Provided ongoing technical assistance and supportive oversight to assure continued success of fledgling businesses

                  Helped people obtain 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt status where needed

 

Summary/Bio

 

Pat Risser has extensive experience as a trainer, facilitator, presenter, author and consultant. He has been a human rights activist and mental health advocate for over twenty-five years. His lived experience includes working as an Intensive Case Manager, work as a therapist on a locked, acute inpatient unit, over ten years as a "mental patient," developing self-help groups, building and directing a statewide consumer network and directing a patients' rights/advocacy/self-help program.  His special expertise is training on trauma issues, recovery, self-determination and on employing consumers as part of the mental health workforce.

 

While in Colorado, Pat was part of a couple of exciting nationally funded activities.  The first was an NIMH-CSP (National Institute of Mental Health-Community Support Program) grant to form a statewide consumer network.  Pat donated hundreds of hours to this project and traveled the state, helping to start consumer self-help, peer support groups.  Pat started over 40 self-help, peer support groups and consumer-operated drop-ins.  He also started 17 local AMI (Alliance for the Mentally Ill) support groups.  He created an award-winning newsletter to share the information and facilitate communication between these various groups.

 

Another activity in Colorado was an NIMH-CSP grant to help start consumer owned and operated businesses.  Pat traveled the state and taught people how to write effective business plans.  From the various submissions, several were selected for seed funding and Pat then provided ongoing technical assistance to assure continued success for the fledgling businesses.  He helped people obtain a 5013 non-profit, tax exempt status where necessary and he provided supportive oversight to newly formed businesses.

 

Pat was lured away from Colorado by an offer to be Director for a Patients Rights Advocacy (and self-help) organization in California.  While with this organization, he and his staff there represented thousands of people in civil commitment and medication competence hearings.  While there, the agency had the highest release rate in the state for years.  Pat helped grow the agency budget to over $1 million.

 

Pat was part of the first group of consumers in the country to be trained as providers of mental health services (in Denver, Colorado) in the early 1980s.  As a result, he got to travel the conference circuit and speak about his experiences.  He got to know others and other programs around the country and expanded his knowledge until he was able to create his own model program in California and Oregon.  Pat developed a highly successful recovery training program to teach mental health clients successful community living skills as well as how to work as employees for the public mental health system. Topics covered included successful crisis management, 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.  From this work, he developed the Crisis Recovery Individual Support Plan (CRISP) model for recovery from which the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) was derived a couple years later.

 

Pat served for several years on the faculty of Project GEO (Generating Employment Opportunities) of the McLaren Graduate School of Management at the University of San Francisco for several years, co-presenting the skills unit on "(Consumer Directed) Career Planning and Goal Setting." He also presented on the subjects of "Client Directed Services," "PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System," "Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy," and Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including Psychopharmacologic Issues), all based upon Core Curriculum Values and Philosophy.

 

Pat has consulted with and provided technical assistance to Managed Care organizations, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University and the University of Illinois, Chicago – National Research and Training Center.

 

Pat is a former Chairman of the Contra Costa Mental Health Association in California.  Pat has served on the Board of Directors of NARPA (National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy) and is a Past President of that organization.  He is a member of the PAIMI Council in Ohio and is a former member of and the former chair of the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Councils in Colorado, California and Oregon.  He is on the state Mental Health Advisory Board in Ohio and previously served on the state Mental Health Advisory Boards in Colorado, California and Oregon.  He is a member of the Mental Health and Recovery Board for Ashland County and has served in a similar capacity in counties in Colorado, California and Oregon as well as several other working and advisory boards and committees.  He has been an active member of the Consumer/Survivor organizations in Colorado, California, Oregon and Ohio.

 

A more detailed listing of Pat's various mental health involvements can be found at his personal website at http://www.PatRisser.com. He received the NACM (National Association of Case Management) XCEL Award as the Consumer Case Manager of the Year in 2000 and he received the prestigious Clifford Beers Award from the National Mental Health Association in 2005. He was one of the consumer/survivors whose role it was to advise the federal government (SAMHSA and CMHS [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Center for Mental Health Services] on mental health consumer/survivor issues as a member of SOCSI (Subcommittee On Consumer/Survivor Issues) and currently serves on the National Advisory Council.

 

Pat has a significant other/partner (Trish) and they have two furry kids (Pekinese) at home and between them they have four grown kids and two grandkids living away from home.  They are active in the local community with the Stoney Creek Sewing Club (http://www.ashlandkidquilters.com) and the mental health peer recovery center, Lifeworx (http://ashlandcountylifeworx.org/).

 

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PRESENTATION OF QUALIFICATIONS

PATRICK ALAN RISSER
154 Ronald Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 281-3078
Email: parisser@att.net
__________________________________________________________________


PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE


Working within mental health or related fields where my diverse experience and personal abilities will be effectively utilized to improve conditions for those in need of services from these systems.


SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS


A solid background that encompasses several years of professional experience and knowledge within the mental health and related fields including the following attributes and strengths:
* Polished and experienced presenter and trainer;
* Excellent administrative and management skills;
* Strong leadership ability;
* Accepts authority and the responsibility that accompanies authority;
* Ability to motivate and involve others;
* Strong mediation, negotiation, conflict management/resolution skills;
* Thorough knowledge of mental health issues from client, provider, family, administrator and community perspectives;
* Thorough knowledge of patients' rights laws and advocacy issues;
* Thorough knowledge of issues related to mental health including self-help models, housing, employment, vocational rehabilitation, social security, social services and other entitlement programs;
* Thorough knowledge of various theories of mental health/illness and different treatment modalities;
* Ability to facilitate positive interaction between diverse individuals and groups;
* Ability to be flexible and creative in planning and implementing projects and manage the fiscal and personnel resources connected with those projects;
* Ability to thoroughly analyze situations and objectively weigh and choose options;
* Extensive knowledge of inclusive planning and working processes;
* Ability to assimilate a great deal of knowledge very quickly and then to effectively convey this knowledge to others through strong written and verbal communication skills;
* Ability to effectively establish and maintain a strong rapport with users of mental health and related services, fellow employees and other interested parties and to build coalitions and linkages between various systems and individuals;
* Over twenty years of extensive intimate personal experience in both the public and private sectors of mental health and related systems as an administrator, professional provider, family member and consumer.


EDUCATION


C.I.T.
(Crisis Intervention Team), Ashland, Ohio 2007
University of Denver Law School
, Denver, Colorado (1983-1985)
B.A.
- Philosophy/Psychology, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1981)
A.A.
- Political Science/Social Science, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado (1979)
Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio - Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (1970-1972)
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
- Grant Writing for Human Service Professionals, Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, Lakewood, Colorado (1990)
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 1,000 hours of continuing education contact hours in mental health and related fields (1987 - present)


MENTAL HEALTH AND RELATED AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES


*SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) National Advisory Council – 2010 to present (appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius May 7, 2010 to full four-year term)

* Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission (OLRS) – 2008 to present (appointed by Ohio Senate President, Bill Harris December 10, 2008; reappointed to full term May 6, 2010)

* SAMHSA/CMHS Invited Participant at Past, Present, and Future: SAMHSA Efforts to Promote Consumer Inclusion -- 2010

* SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) Grant Reviewer for Training and Technical Assistance Center for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (Short Title: TTA-PBHCI) grant proposals – 2010

* SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) Grant Reviewer for Mental Health Transformation grant proposals – 2010

*SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) Peer Mentor in Leadership Institute – April - October 2010

* SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) National Trauma Campaign Workgroup – 2010 to present

* National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse Advisory Committee – 2010 to present

* National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) – President, 2001-2002; Board Member, 1995-2006 and 2008 to present; Member 1987 to present
* Witness Justice – Board of Directors (National organization focused on trauma issues) – 2010 to present

* Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS) PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council – Member, 2007 to present
* Ohio Community Support Planning Council – 2007 to present
* SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) Grant Reviewer for Statewide Consumer Network grant proposals – 2009, 2010

* Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County, Ohio – 2006-2009 (appointed by Ohio Department of Mental Health)
* Ohio Empowerment Center (OEC - State Consumer/Survivor Organization) Steering Committee – 2008-2009

* Ohio Center for Advocacy, Training and Support (OCATS - State Consumer/Survivor Organization) Board Member – 2008-2009

* SAMHSA/CMHS National Advisory Council – Subcommittee On Consumer/Survivor Issues (NAC-SOCSI) to advise SAMHSA/CMHS – Appointed 2004 to serve until 2007
* National Alternatives Conference Planning Committee – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
* Adult Recovery Network of Ohio – Advisory Board (alternate member) – 2006-2007
* National Association of Case Management (NACM
) – Board Member, 2000-2009
* SAMHSA/CMHS (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services) PAIMI
(Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) – Federal Peer Reviewer, February 2004, February 2005, February 2006, November 2006, February 2007, February 2008, February 2009
* Oregon Consumer/Survivor Council – Advisory to the Director of Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services – 2003-2005
* Oregon State Trauma Policy Advisory Committee – 2002-2005
* Empowerment Initiatives – Board of Directors, 2004-2005
* PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill) Advisory Council of the Oregon Advocacy Center – Chair, 2000-2001; Member, 1998-2002; Member 2004-2005
* Clackamas County Mental Health Council – Appointed by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners
to serve from May 2003-May 2006 – Member 2003-2005; President 2004-2005
* Clackamas County Mental Health Quality Improvement Committee – June 2003-2005
* Mental Health Advisory Board, Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division – Member, 2000-2003 (appointed by Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber
)
* Quality and Utilization Improvement Committee, Ceres Behavioral Healthcare Systems, LLC, an Affiliate of Magellan Behavioral Health – Member, 1999-2004
* InforMed Health Publishing & Training – Faculty, Consultant, 1999 to present
* Oregon Mental Health Consumers Association (OMHCA) – Board Member, 2001-2005

* Oregon Mental Health Planning and Management Advisory Council – Member, 1999-2005
* Oregon Advocacy Center (OAC) – Board Member, 1998-2000
* O.C.T.A (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance) – Annual Mental Health Consumer Conference Planning Member, 1998-2003
* O.C.T.A (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance) – Advisory Board Planner, Mini-Grant Panelist, Volunteer, Consultant, and Hiring Committee Member, 1998-2003
* Mental Health Association of Oregon – "Successful Community Living" Conference Project Planner and Consultant, 1999-2000
* Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services – "Successful Community Living" Conference Planner, 1999
* Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services – CMHS Block Grant Application Performance Indicator Review and Planning Committee, 1999-2005
* University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration – Faculty/Consultant/Trainer, 1993-1999
* O.F.F.I.C.E. (Office For Family Involvement and Client Empowerment) – Volunteer Technical Advisor/Consultant, Classroom Instructor, Resource Specialist, Empowerment Trainer, Member of Steering, Coordinating, Curriculum and Hiring Plan Committees, 1991-2002
* Contra Costa Mental Health Commission – Member (appointed by County Supervisor, Jeff Smith
), 1993-1996, Adult Committee, Executive Committee, Ad Hoc Planning Committee, Ad Hoc Housing Plan Committee
* Mental Health Association of Contra Costa County – President
, 1993-1994, Board Member and Professional Advisory Committee, 1992-1995
* California Network of Mental Health Clients – Member, 1991-1996
* Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients – Member, 1991-1996
* Contra Costa Coalition for Mental Health – Member, 1991-1996
* California State Mental Health Training Plan Committee – Member 1994-1996
* Zoning and Land Use Compliance Project Advisory Committee of Housing Rights, Inc. – Member, 1994-1996
* National Association of Psychiatric Survivors – Member, 1988-1996
* National Mental Health Consumers Association – Member, 1988-2000
* California Association of Mental Health Patients Rights Advocates (CAMHPRA) – Member, 1991-1996
* CALMHB/C (California Association of Mental Health Boards and Commissions) – Board Member, 1994-1996
* Bay Area Regional Mental Health Board – Member, 1994-1996
* California Adult Mental Health Services System of Care Training Conference Committee (AKA, California Case Management Council) – Member, 1993-1994
* Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc. – Board Member, 1992-1995; Personnel and Grievance Committee, 1993
* National Mental Health Association – Member, 1988 to present
* Bay Area Patients' Advocates Coalition (BAYPAC) – Member, 1991-1992
* Bay Area Network of Mental Health Clients – Member, 1991-1992
* Solano County Network of Mental Health Clients – Member, 1992
* Contractors' and Friends Alliance of Contra Costa County – Member, 1991-1992
* California Logistical Task Force (planning committee for Alternatives `91 Conference) – Member 1991
* SCCORE – Statewide Consumers of Colorado On the Rise for Expression; Founder
, 1988; First President, 1989-1990; President Emeritus, 1990; Technical Assistance Advisor and Consultant, 1987-1994
* Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations – Board Member (appointed by Colorado Governor, Roy Romer
), 1989-1991
* Mental Health Corporation of Denver – Board Member (appointed by Denver Mayor, Federico Pea
), Personnel Committee, Consumer/Human Rights Committee, Clinical Review Committee, 1988-1991
* The Legal Center, Inc. – Federally Mandated State Protection and Advocacy Agency for Persons with Mental Illness in Colorado – Advisory Board Member, 1990-1991
* The Phoenix Project, Inc. – Original Incorporator (in Colorado) and Board Member, 1988-1991
* Colorado Mental Health Consumer Run Business Project – Technical Assistance Advisor, 1988-1991
* Colorado Association of Community Mental Health Centers and Clinics – Executive Board Member, 1989-1991
* Colorado State Mental Health Planning Council – Member, 1988-1991
* Member of several search committees for various Colorado State Mental Health Personnel including, State Mental Health Department Director, Assistant Director, Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo Director and CSP Director, 1988-1991
* Colorado State Division of Mental Health "Five Party" Advisory Council – Member, 1989-1991
* Colorado Outpatient Civil Commitment Task Force – Member, 1989-1991
* Colorado Independent Case Management Task Force – Member, 1986-1991
* Colorado Coalition for the Advancement of Rights in Treatment – Member, 1989-1991
* Colorado Social Legislation Committee – Member, 1988-1991
* Colorado Coalition for Community Mental Health – Member, 1987-1991
* National Teleconference Project – Participant, 1990-1993
* Denver CMI Study – Key Informant, 1988, 1989, 1990
* Robert Wood Johnson/Mental Health Corporation of Denver Study – Key Informant, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
* Colorado Mental Health Association, Denver Children's Campaign Study – Key Informant, 1989, 1990
* Colorado Mental Health Association – Member, 1988-1991
* National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – Member, 1987-1991
* Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill – Board Member, 1987-1989
* Denver Alliance for the Mentally Ill – Member, 1987-1991
* Bethesda Community Mental Health Center Advisory Board – Board Member 1989
* Mental Impairment in Civil Rights Task Force – Member, 1988 to passage of the Bill by the Colorado Legislature during the 1989 session

 

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

 

INFORMED HEALTH PUBLISHING & TRAINING

Faculty. InforMed Health Publishing & Training is a new organization that is dedicated to providing people with accurate, clear, and up-to-date information about issues in mental health treatment. Our publications and training programs are designed for anyone interested in mental health, including people who use mental health services and those who provide them. They are intended to address mental health issues from a perspective that considers the whole person (not just a diagnosis) and includes individuals in making decisions about their own mental health services.

 

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. Special expertise in the following topics:

* Recovery and Recovery Oriented Systems
* Consumers as Workers in the Mental Health Workforce
* Trauma Issues
* Dealing with Mentalism (AKA Saneism)
* Case Management
* Building Empowerment
* Employment Issues
* Building a Modern and Progressive Mental Health System
* Helping Consumers, Families, Professionals and Others Collaborate Together
* Patients' Rights

 

CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:

 

* Mandt, Richardson, Texas

Consultant, Curriculum (Training Manual) Editor for The Mandt System, developed by The Mandt System, Inc. provides systematic training programs to human service organizations (staff at residential facilities supporting people affected by intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and mental health, as well as for the staff at community mental health centers) that desire to decrease workplace violence by increasing the safety of all the stakeholders through the use of Positive Behavior Support.

 

* UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California
Consultant. Provide trainings in "Career Planning and Goal Setting (Consumer Directed)," "Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including psychopharmacologic issues)," "Client Directed Services," "PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System," "Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy," all based upon Core Curriculum Values and Philosophy.

 

* UNITED STATES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, San Francisco, California
Consultant. Conducted networking and assessment for potential bid on provision of Managed Care services to San Diego County. Gathered information and produced written report of activities and recommendations for action.

 

* PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, Portland, Oregon
Consulted with the Regional Research Institute on developing a fidelity scale for the IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus) supported employment model. Developed a model which incorporates IPS Supported Employment, PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment), Supported Housing, and which fully respects client choice.

 

* OREGON ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS (AOCMHP)
Consulted on defining 2004 goals using the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report as a platform

 

* NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL), Arlington, Virginia
Consulted on developing and expanding the model for successfully adding and integrating consumer providers onto PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) teams.

 

* CIMH (CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH), Sacramento, California
Consulted on developing a model for a recovery oriented mental health system. Compiled data and defined domains and tasks of consumers, providers, administrators, support staff and families. From the domain and task definitions, a curriculum was developed to aid in training in the recovery model.

 

* INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES (IAPSRS)
Subject Matter Expert for the IAPSRS Certification Test Development Project. Participant on the Role Delineation/ Content Validation Panel for the design of the Certification/Competency test for certification as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.

 

* CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL REHABILITATION AGENCIES (CASRA), Sacramento, California
Consultant in the development of a training curriculum for certification of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Practitioners.

 

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

 

Empowerment Initiatives, Portland, Oregon
S.P.I.R.I.T.
(Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training) Trainer for Clackamas County
Empowerment Initiatives is a non-profit agency that provides education and training as well as being the only fully consumer/survivor operated "brokerage
" in the country. Board Member, 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 eight-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. Taught this training several times and trained others as trainers for the program.

 

O.C.T.A. (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance), Portland, Oregon
Training Associate, volunteer technical assistant, paid part-time staff and independent contractor/consultant. OCTA is a consumer-run organization affiliated with Network Behavioral HealthCare, primarily funded by the Oregon Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services Division. The mission of OCTA is threefold: (1) To assist consumers in development of programs in their local communities; (2) To increase consumer involvement in community mental health provider systems and managed behavioral healthcare organizations; (3) To increase consumer impact on policy development and implementation at local, state and federal levels. To achieve these goals, OCTA provides consultation, local and regional training, and a toll-free resource and referral line for consumers, consumer-run groups and mental health service providers throughout the state.

 

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. Taught this training several times and trained others as trainers for the program.

 

MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMER CONCERNS, INC., Martinez, California

Program Director for a client/ex-client agency - Directed activities related to Patient Rights, Advocacy and Training and the Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients; managed agency activities, contracts, finances, and personnel; directed community outreach programs including self-help, advocacy, education and training; assisted in training staff in use of computers and other office equipment; coordinated local activities with regional, state and national activities; organized self-help network activities; provided editorial assistance to network newsletter; provided supervision, technical assistance and training to all staff; provided direct advocacy services by providing representation to clients in involuntary certification probable cause hearings, independent clinical reviews for minors, involuntary medication capacity hearings and investigated and resolved issues in accordance with federal law and the California Welfare and Institutions Code and the California Code of Regulations, Title 9 and Title 22; expanded agency activities by obtaining new contracts including a contract to assist in the formation of a network in Solano County and a contract to represent clients in "Riese" medication competency hearings; provided technical assistance to staff in obtaining information about and applying for grants and developing plans for drop-in centers. Part of team in developing an NIMH Systems Improvement Grant Project.

 

THE PHOENIX PROJECT, INC., Colorado
Was one of the founders and original incorporators for this project to start and maintain consumer operated businesses. Served on the Board of Directors and as technical assistant. Performed fundraising, grant writing, policy and business plan development as part of a personal service contract.

 

S.C.C.O.R.E. (Statewide Consumers of Colorado On the Rise for Expression), Colorado
Founded this statewide mental health consumer/survivor network with over forty self-help groups. Developed data base to track membership. Voted first statewide President by unanimous vote. Coordinated conferences. Provided outreach and technical assistance. Represented the consumer voice on numerous Boards, task forces and policy committees.

 

CITYWIDE SERVICES ACUTE TREATMENT UNIT (TRANSITIONS), Denver, Colorado
Mental Health Worker II - Performed needs assessments, diagnosed clients, performed standard intake and evaluation, and generated treatment plans based upon client needs in an acute inpatient psychiatric alternative to hospitalization unit, provided crisis intervention services, implemented treatment plans through group and individual therapy and case management services

 

SANFORD ROSE AND ASSOCIATES, Cleveland, Ohio
Employment Counselor - recruited and matched potential employees with potential employers through this professional placement agency

 

CAPITOL INSURANCE COMPANY, Cleveland, Ohio
Health Insurance Underwriter, Claims Specialist, Policy Owner Service Director, Sales Force Trainer, New Policy Research and Development - obtained broad base understanding of various disabilities, medical and legal terminology

 

ARAPAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORK/STUDY POSITIONS, Littleton, Colorado
* G.E.D. Representative for Arapahoe Community with Colorado Employment and Training Act for Carpenters Union Apprenticeship Program
* G.E.D. Representative for Arapahoe Community College (testing and evaluation) at Fort Logan State Mental Hospital Adolescent Units
* Math Lab - Established and administered tutorial program (basic math through calculus); established tutorial program for special needs students (those who were blind or had other handicapping conditions)
* Counselor Aide - Administered orientation processing including placement and advisory tests
* Records and Admissions Clerk - Assisted in evaluation and processing of new student applications
* Biology Lab - Lab Assistant
* G.E.D. Lab - Teaching Assistant; assessed students educational and emotional needs through various testing mechanisms and then taught students to overcome any identified deficiencies thus raising the students' level of competence and confidence sufficiently high for them to obtain a G.E.D. covering topics ranging from science, math, reading, writing and social studies
* English Lab - Teaching Assistant; assisted in all areas of teaching from testing and evaluation to administration to implementation of direct teaching methodology primarily through direct individual tutoring in topics ranging from basic spelling to word, sentence and paragraph structure to advanced paper writing
* Reading Lab - Teaching assistant; assisted in all areas of teaching from testing and evaluation to administration to implementation of direct teaching methodology primarily through direct individual tutoring in topics ranging from basic word comprehension to etymology through advanced speed reading

 

THE COLORADO COLLEGE, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Continued working as teaching assistant and tutor in same areas as at
Arapahoe Community College

 

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

09/10 Trauma Relevance to Advocacy – Trauma informed advocacy simply means that the advocacy provided is informed by an understanding of trauma and traumatic stress, and how those things impact people emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically, physically, and socially. Many individuals with disabilities have been traumatized by sexual, physical, or emotional abuse and neglect, and their trauma history impacts their reactions to current stressors. This workshop provides an overview of trauma and its effects, and effective strategies to educate others about trauma informed care. The perspective of a former psych patient will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

1.       Understand trauma and retraumatization, and the prevalence among individuals with disabilities.

2.       Describe what trauma informed care and trauma sensitive services are, and how to incorporate this into advocacy.

3.       Be motivated to advocate for disability systems to be more trauma informed and trauma sensitive.

Presented at the third annual Mid-Ohio Recovery Conference in Mansfield, Ohio

 

09/10 Trauma Informed Advocacy – Trauma informed advocacy simply means that the advocacy provided is informed by an understanding of trauma and traumatic stress, and how those things impact people emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically, physically, and socially. Many individuals with disabilities have been traumatized by sexual, physical, or emotional abuse and neglect, and their trauma history impacts their reactions to current stressors. This workshop provides an overview of trauma and its effects, and effective strategies to educate others about trauma informed care. The perspective of a former psych patient will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

4.       Understand trauma and retraumatization, and the prevalence among individuals with disabilities.

5.       Describe what trauma informed care and trauma sensitive services are, and how to incorporate this into advocacy.

6.       Be motivated to advocate for disability systems to be more trauma informed and trauma sensitive.

Presented at the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

 

08/10 Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Really Hurt! – This workshop presented a "unified theory of oppression" with an exploration of how mentalist language allows others to see us as "less than" and thus the subject of abuse, neglect, trauma, seclusion, restraints, tasers, and other forms of physical and social oppression. Presented at the OEC (Ohio Empowerment Coalition Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future first Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio

 

06/10 Trauma Informed Advocacy – Trauma informed advocacy simply means that the advocacy provided is informed by an understanding of trauma and traumatic stress, and how those things impact people emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically, physically, and socially. Many individuals with disabilities have been traumatized by sexual, physical, or emotional abuse and neglect, and their trauma history impacts their reactions to current stressors. This workshop provides an overview of trauma and its effects, and effective strategies to educate others about trauma informed care. The perspective of a former psych patient will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

7.       Understand trauma and retraumatization, and the prevalence among individuals with disabilities.

8.       Describe what trauma informed care and trauma sensitive services are, and how to incorporate this into advocacy.

9.       Be motivated to advocate for disability systems to be more trauma informed and trauma sensitive.

Presented at the National Disability Rights Network Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California

 

05/10 Working in a Consumer-Driven, Evidence-Based, Culturally Competent, Trauma-Informed, Recovery Oriented, Ethical System of Care: Is It Possible? – Presented at Hope, Resilience and Recovery, the Addictions and Mental Health Division Integrated Annual Conference 2010 in Salem, Oregon

 

05/10 Men and Trauma – This workshop discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization.  Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing.  Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in mens trauma experiences. Presented at Hope, Resilience and Recovery, the Addictions and Mental Health Division Integrated Annual Conference 2010 in Salem, Oregon

 

10/09 Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Crisis AlternativesViolence and abuse pervade our culture and our mental health systems, creating trauma.  Most mental health consumers are trauma survivors.  People do recover from trauma with the right services and support.  Trauma-informed peer support offers safer alternatives and opportunities for healing, growth, freedom and dignity. Co-presented at Alternatives 2009 Conference in Omaha, Nebraska

 

10/09 Men and Trauma – This workshop discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization.  Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing.  Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in mens trauma experiences. Presented at Alternatives 2009 Conference in Omaha, Nebraska

 

09/09 Trauma and RecoveryThis workshop provided an overview of abuse, neglect and trauma and the impact on the lives of people receiving mental health services.  Specific sub-topics included:

    Trauma basics;

    Self-Inflicted Violence including an exploration of the meaning and purpose of self-injury, a commonly misunderstood aspect of many peoples lives;

    Specific issues related to Men and Trauma.

Etiology, diagnostic implications, and treatment strategies were explored.  Data was presented along with suggestions for coping, recovery and healing from trauma.  Participants were offered some resources to help address issues related to trauma and recovery.  The presenters were both survivors of abuse, neglect and trauma and shared personal stories and positive success in recovering from the effects of both primary and secondary trauma.  Presented at the second annual Mid-Ohio Recovery Conference in Wooster, Ohio

 

09/09 Sticks and Stones: Trauma and Healing – Keynote address Ashland Mental Health and Recovery Board Annual Dinner in Ashland, Ohio

 

09/09 Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Crisis Alternatives  – This workshop discussed how trauma-informed modalities in peer support offers survivors opportunities for healing, growth, self-determination, freedom and dignity; common sources of trauma to which clients may be exposed, both within and outside the client/survivor movement; and trauma-informed models of personal, organizational, systems and culture change. Co-presented in Phoenix, Arizona

 

09/09 Supporting Clients' Rights, Dignity, Wellness and Recovery in Mental Health Courts: A Roundtable Discussion – Given that most of the nation's recent proliferation of mental health courts were not designed in consultation with mental health clients or legal advocates, how can these courts best uphold the rights, dignity, wellness and recovery of mental health clients/survivors charged with crimes?  This roundtable discussion examined these issues.  Co-presented in Phoenix, Arizona

 

04/09 Innovations in Recovery – Invited as expert discussant for topic areas of Crisis Alternatives (these are community-based, peer-driven programs to assist individuals through a mental health crisis), Recovery-Based Accreditation (what are the standards and protocols needed to accredit mental health service organizations that facilitate mental health recovery?), Consumer Issues Involving Health Information Technology (this includes electronic health records, telehealth, privacy issues, and personal health records), and Promoting Hope (how can learned helplessness be overcome to assist consumers in taking the first step on their journey of recovery?), in Rockville, Maryland

 

03/09 Social Inclusion: From Life on the Margins to Life in the Community – Invited as expert discussant in Rockville, Maryland

 

03/09 Trauma-Informed Care State Dialogue Meeting – Invited as expert discussant in Baltimore, Maryland

 

03/09 It takes MORE than a Village: It takes ALL of us! – Keynote address North Dakota First Annual Consumer Conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota

 

03/09 Recovery and Healing: Healthy Individuals in Healthy Communities – Workshop Presented at the North Dakota First Annual Consumer Conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota

 

02/09 Sticks and Stones: Trauma and Healing – Keynote address at the "Healing Trauma – 'We Can Do It!': Supporting Each Other, Raising Awareness, Empowering Our Movement" Annual Client Forum for the California Network of Mental Health Clients in Foster City, California

 

02/09 Men and Trauma This workshop (for everyone) will discuss the basics of trauma and issues specifically for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data will be presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention will be paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in mens trauma experiences. Presentation at the "Healing Trauma – 'We Can Do It!': Supporting Each Other, Raising Awareness, Empowering Our Movement" Annual Client Forum for the California Network of Mental Health Clients in Foster City, California

 

02/09 Is Integrated and Trauma Informed Care Possible In The Present Medical System? This workshop looks at the question of whether the integration of peer advocacy and those things seen as trauma sensitive can truly ever be effective in a deficits/disease paradigm of medical model services and payments. This workshop looks at ways the system would have to change to create a real alternative that adequately addresses trauma. Presentation at the "Healing Trauma – 'We Can Do It!': Supporting Each Other, Raising Awareness, Empowering Our Movement" Annual Client Forum for the California Network of Mental Health Clients in Foster City, California

 

02/09 Empowering Peer Specialists As Providers Of Services – Half-day presentation in Eugene, Oregon

 

10/08 Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Really Hurt! – This workshop presented a "unified theory of oppression" with an exploration of how mentalist language allows others to see us as "less than" and thus the subject of abuse, neglect, trauma, seclusion, restraints, tasers, and other forms of physical and social oppression. Presented at Alternatives 2008 Conference in Buffalo, New York

 

10/08 Engaging Personal Trauma Informs Social Justice – This Institute discussed how the self-help model should include recognition of the roles of "infant and childhood trauma" and "trauma of treatment."  This frame empowers active participation in building community, where we become voices and participants in society's future.  From accommodating behavior management we'll move to helping "build cultures of peace through social justice." Presented at Alternatives 2008 Conference in Buffalo, New York

 

10/08 Boundaries for Peer Support Workers – Two-day training to prepare peer specialists for entry into the Benton County mental health workforce. Presented in Corvallis, Oregon

 

10/08 Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Really Hurt! – This workshop presented on how words must be more than just politically correct.  Words must reflect genuine change in attitudes in order for the system to evolve or transform. Consumer driven, evidence based, culturally competent, trauma informed, recovery oriented, gender sensitive, ethical systems of care are possible. We must overcome the attitudes that allow others to see us as "less than"  When we are referred to as a label, our humanness is lessened and this prejudice, discrimination or stigma has a cumulative effect of allowing others to see us as "less than"  This in turn leads to a social trauma where we are oppressed without guilt.

Guilt free society comes about when we are devalued as people and "put in our places." Words are used to train people in ways that devalue us as people and this allows the use of force, coercion and intimidation.  We become "just mental patients" who NEED to shut up and be compliant.  Secluding us in sub-standard housing is okay because we're "just mental patients." Restraining us with leather straps or even with mental health courts is okay because we're "just mental patients."  Ignoring our pain and TASERing us is okay because we're "just mental patients."

We believe that if you treat a person as he is, he will remain that way.  If you treat a person as he can be, he will become that person.  We will discuss ways in which language hurts us and ways in which language can help change attitudes and end mentalist oppression.  We will address the issues in ways that will facilitate discussion and provide people with the tools to understand and fight against social and institutional oppression.

This workshop presented a "unified theory of oppression" with an exploration of how mentalist language allows others to see us as "less than" and thus the subject of abuse, neglect, trauma, seclusion, restraints, tasers, and other forms of physical and social oppression. Presented at NARPA Conference in Austin, Texas

 

09/08 Trauma-Informed Care – Workshop presentation at the first annual Mid-Ohio Recovery Conference in Ashland, Ohio

 

08/08 From Recovery to Wellness: A Consumer Driven, Evidence Based, Culturally Competent, Trauma Informed, Recovery Oriented, Ethical System of Care – Keynote and full day presentation at the annual conference for the Delaware Rehabilitation Association in Newark, Delaware

 

07/08 WNCO Radio on the Ashland Recovery Conference – Co-presented on the upcoming "Recovery Conference" in Ashland, Ohio

 

07/08 Helping Kids: The Story of Stoney Creek Club – Don't Turn Your Back: What You Can Do In Your Community – This workshop presentation discussed the award winning program that helped local kids through sewing and other activities in the home of a local resident.  Presented at the National "Dare to Transform" Trauma Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

07/08 Development of Peer Training/Mentoring: Addressing the Lived Experience of Trauma – An invited attendee at this Consumer/Expert Workgroup Meeting sponsored by NASMHPD/CMHS (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors/Center for Mental Health Services) National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in Washington, D.C.

 

05/08 Men and Trauma Workshop presentation at the 4th Annual Clinical Forum on Mental Health, "Turning Knowledge into Practice" in Bismark, North Dakota

 

05/08 Empowerment Within the Consumer Culture – Workshop presentation at the 4th Annual Clinical Forum on Mental Health, "Turning Knowledge into Practice" in Bismark, North Dakota

 

05/08 Overcoming the Language of Oppression: Promoting Cultural Change with WordsWorkshop presentation at the 4th Annual Clinical Forum on Mental Health, "Turning Knowledge into Practice" in Bismark, North Dakota

 

05/08 Trauma-Informed Case Management Services – Workshop presentation at the 4th Annual Clinical Forum on Mental Health, "Turning Knowledge into Practice" in Bismark, North Dakota

 

05/08 Working in a Consumer-Driven, Evidence-Based, Culturally Competent, Trauma-Informed, Recovery Oriented, Ethical System of Care: Is It Possible? – Keynote presentation at the 4th Annual Clinical Forum on Mental Health, "Turning Knowledge into Practice" in Bismark, North Dakota

 

04/08 Introduction to Trauma Informed Peer Support – Presentation at Lifeworx Recovery Center in Ashland, Ohio

 

11/07 Working in a Consumer-Driven, Evidence-Based, Culturally Competent, Trauma-Informed, Recovery Oriented, Ethical System of Care: Is It Possible? – Keynote presentation at the "Recovery Fair" with the following objectives: 1) Describe a process by which one becomes a "mental patient"; 2) Explain the concept of "mentalism" and how to overcome these attitudes that create retraumatization; 3) Define the terms recovery and empowerment. Presented in Cincinnati, Ohio

 

10/07 National Anti Stigma Campaign – Expert Peer Grant Reviewer for SAMHSA/CMHS

 

10/07 Review Draft Model/Standard "Permission for Release of Information Form" for Ohio Department of Mental Health

 

10/07 From Recovery to Wellness – This half-day institute addressed how one moves along a path from "mental patient" to passionate advocate to a transformed system. Tips and tools included clues about how to overcome trauma and other obstacles and barriers. Topics covered included: 1) How one develops a "mental patient" identity; 2) How to overcome this "mental patient" identity; 3) How to move from "mental patient" to recovered self; 4) How to overcome mental patienthood through employment; 5) How to become an "Advocate"; 6) How to identify and overcome "mentalist" attitudes; 7) Trauma informed care and it's relationship to improved services; 8) Systems transformation. Presented this institute at the National "Alternatives 2007" Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

 

10/07 Retraumatization and Mutual Support – This half-day institute focused on retraumatization from neglect and abuse. Constructing one's self to manage trauma must be a socialization process. Retraumatization hinders building trust and being responsible. Prejudice challenges social justice, poverty challenges well-being, manipulation challenges mutuality, and torture degrades Being. The alternative involves taking responsibility and being socially accountable. The institute discussed advocacy against retraumatization and finding mutual support. Presented this institute at the National "Alternatives 2007" Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

 

10/07 Men and Trauma – This half-day institute discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in men's trauma experiences. Presented this institute at the National "Alternatives 2007" Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

 

10/07 Seclusion and Restraints: Supporting Evidence, Best Practices and Tools for Advocacy – This half-day institute focused on mentalism, trauma, advocacy, legislation, and networking for change. Mentalism is a form of abuse and discrimination and can reflect the attitudes of professionals allowing them to justify the harm they do to people. Trauma is the result of this harm. Trauma has a cumulative effect and becomes more harmful when human caused. To be this traumatized may evolve into the impossibility of recovery. Participants learned how to advocate for coercion and abuse free environments and help deter the effects of trauma. Consumers/Survivors must begin taking a stronger role in advocating for coercion free environments. Consumer/survivor driven success stories were discussed. Another route to advocate for change regarding S&R is through legislation. Attorney Morrison helped draft and later lobbied for a bill that created uniform statewide standards on both restraint and seclusion of people labeled as having mental illness. The California Legislature passed this bill and Governor Gray Davis signed it into law in 2004 making California the first state in the nation to have a landmark Restraint & Seclusion Law. Participants were encouraged to initiate the same in their state through resources that was offered through discussion and handouts. Additional advocacy opportunities were discussed especially through each state's Protection and Advocacy program and PAIMI advisory council. The overall focus of the presentation was to offer a challenge to all consumers/survivors to become empowered to effect change regarding the reduction and elimination of seclusion and restraints in their states. Presented this institute at the National "Alternatives 2007" Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

 

10/07 Seclusion and Restraints: Supporting Evidence, Best Practices and Tools for Advocacy – This workshop focused on a "Roadmap to Seclusion and Restraint Free Mental Health Services." This presentation involved panel discussion and interactive dialogue. Many states, providers, and consumer/survivors are still struggling to understand how to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint (S&R) and, that while some facilities have made great progress, best practices are not widely known or practiced in many settings. Best practices will be identified and "The Roadmap to Seclusion and Restraint Free Mental Health Services" will be discussed. The Roadmap is an initiative from SAMHSA/CMHS involving consumer/survivor participation to assist with implementing an S&R initiative. Real life success stories were also shared of state initiatives from the S&R State Initiative Grants, facilities that have achieved success, and alternatives to S&R. Presented this workshop at the National "Alternatives 2007" Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

 

10/07 Working in a Consumer-Driven, Evidence-Based, Culturally Competent, Trauma-Informed, Recovery Oriented, Ethical System of Care: Is It Possible? – Presented to a Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

 

10/07 Mental Health Consumers Surviving Trauma – This half-day institute discussed trauma issues for consumers/survivors in the mental health system. The institute defined "trauma" and discussed the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. In addition, the workshop talked about some specific efforts to help people recover from trauma including the reduction of seclusion and restraints in a forensic inpatient setting and others. There was important discussion of the ways in which trauma and violence affect consumers/survivors in the mental health system. Consumers/survivors often present with pre-existing trauma issues. In addition, there was discussion of many of the retraumatizing effects of service system practices (mentalism). The institute discussed issues for trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences; the impact of trauma; characteristic coping styles; and models for trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in trauma experiences. Data was presented about seclusion, restraints and other forms of traumatizing and retraumatizing practices and how they impact upon people and impede the healing/recovery process. There was discussion about the obstacles often faced in acknowledging trauma and seeking help. Some of the contextual factors - family and community, race and ethnicity, class and gender role expectations - that play a role in violence and recovery from violent trauma were outlined. The institute concluded by communicating a sense of hopefulness about recovery and some of the unique ways in which people have overcome the effects of trauma. There was a presentation of some of the ways in which the use of seclusion and restraints have been diminished or eliminated in a variety of settings including forensic, emergency rooms, inpatient psychiatric and even children's facilities. Presented at the Fifteenth National Case Management Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

10/07 Come Rap with Pat and Pam – Back by popular demand! Last year in Salt Lake City, this was a well-attended workshop and received high praise from the attendees. This year, the workshop was expanded as Pat was joined by another leader of the consumer/survivor movement. This half-day institute was designed for people to have the opportunity to interact with "consumer/survivor" leaders and to discuss such topics as, "What's gone wrong with the concept of recovery?" Attendees were invited to come and discuss their issues and concerns. Success stories and stories of system failure were presented by two storytellers extraordinaire who are outspoken and successful, vocal advocates. Presented at the Fifteenth National Case Management Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

10/07 From Recovery to Wellness – This half-day institute addressed how one moves along a path from "mental patient" to passionate advocate to a transformed system. Tips and tools included clues about how to overcome trauma and other obstacles and barriers. Topics covered included: 1) How one develops a "mental patient" identity; 2) How to overcome this "mental patient" identity; 3) How to move from "mental patient" to recovered self; 4) How to overcome mental patienthood through employment; 5) How to become an "Advocate"; 6) How to identify and overcome "mentalist" attitudes; 6) Possible pitfalls in employment and how to avoid or overcome them (including some brief discussion of benefits systems); 7) Trauma informed care and it's relationship to improved services; 8) Systems transformation. Presented at the Fifteenth National Case Management Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

08/07 Promoting Cultural Change with Words – Culture change means being open to willfully changing one's thinking, one's feelings and one's behavior. Crisis Intervention Team Training seeks to end the prejudice, discrimination and fear of people with mental illness. CIT is dedicated to change from fear to people first. The heart of CIT is to use words, not weapons, to understand the situation of a person who has a mental illness. This presentation focused on the development of policies and partnerships that promote a positive culture for law enforcement and people labeled with mental illness. Leadership by example will also promote the change necessary to make a difference in our culture. Co-presented this workshop at the 2007 CIT National Conference in Memphis, Tennessee

 

08/07 Development of Peer Training/Mentoring: Addressing the Lived Experience of Trauma - An invited attendee at this Consumer/Expert Workgroup Meeting sponsored by NASMHPD/CMHS (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors/Center for Mental Health Services) National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in Alexandria, Virginia

 

07/07 Empowerment and Consumer Culture - This full-day consumer-oriented workshop introduced participants to the contributions of the consumer/survivor movement and how they are influencing the provision of services for mental health and substance use conditions today. Current terms such as "recovery" and "empowerment" were explored in depth, along with strategies for achieving these goals both personally and within our professional work with clients. A discussion of potential barriers and obstacles to achieving a recovery-oriented system was included, along with strategies for overcoming these barriers and achieving a truly transformed system of services. Consumers and service providers were encouraged to attend this workshop together. Learning Objectives: 1) Define the terms recovery and empowerment, 2) Explain the political structure of federal and local level mental health systems, 3) Discuss the goals of a transformed system, 4) Describe at least three methods for facilitating recovery. Presented at the 36th Annual Summer Institute in Newark, Delaware [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/summerinst07.html]

 

07/07 Self-Advocacy and Negotiations - The consumer-driven self-advocacy movement for recovery and transformation has awakened the need for change at all levels of the mental health and substance use system. One particular call for change encourages consumers and their families to become advocates for their rights and treatment needs. This full-day, consumer-oriented, interactive workshop engaged participants in identifying and developing strategies of self-advocacy and negotiation within the mental health and substance use system. Topics included developing tools for active participation in the treatment team and treatment planning process. Role-play and other forms of practice helped to reinforce these tools and strategies. There was also a discussion of the consumer-driven progress accomplished thus far, and areas of yet-needed change for achieving true systems transformation. Learning Objectives: 1) Describe various ways in which a person might be an advocate, 2) Explain three tools of negotiation, 3) Describe skills for accomplishing positive change. Presented at the 36th Annual Summer Institute in Newark, Delaware [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/summerinst07.html]

 

07/07 Recovery, Trauma, and Empowerment - This full-day consumer-oriented workshop presented the history of the consumer/survivor movement and its roots in other civil rights movements. There was discussion about the two different aspects of the movement, self-help and advocacy, and how these aspects converge into a system that is recovery-focused. Additional topics included the impact of trauma on the lives of people in the mental health and substance abuse system. More specifically, ways in which the system can help in healing past traumas as well as ways in which it can re-traumatize the individual and stifle the healing process were explored. Discussion focused on how helping others can facilitate the healing process for oneself, and suggested ways for people to get involved in the trauma-sensitive, self-help, peer support movement. Learning Objectives: 1) Describe trauma-informed service systems, 2) Explain the concept of "mentalism" and how to overcome these attitudes, 3) Explain the two branches of the modern mental health "consumer" movement and describe how they differ. Presented at the 36th Annual Summer Institute in Newark, Delaware [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/summerinst07.html]

 

07/07 WNCO Radio on Consumer Provided Services - A panelist on the topic of consumer/survivor provided services on this 1-hour program in Ashland, Ohio.

 

03/07 Recovery and All That Jazz - This half-day keynote presentation was part of the "Recovery Model Toolbox" Series. The presentation covered: (1) Consumer Rights and Recovery; (2) Recovery Model from a consumer's/survivor's perspective; (3) Recovery model, past, present and 10 years from now; (4) Evidence based practices of consumer staff models, working in partnership; (5) How/what staff and consumers should be doing to prepare for this transformation; and, (6) Latest cutting edge information on recovery. Presented at the Franconia Road Treatment Center in Alexandria, Virginia

 

01/07 Recovery Wellness Workshop - This half-day keynote presentation was designed to encourage people to take the journey from "mental patient" to recovered worker as a Peer Specialist. The presentation covered recovery and wellness as well as advocacy, employment and trauma issues. Presented on behalf of Orange County Mental Health in Orange County, California.

 

01/07 MindFreedom Radio - Featured presenter on the topic of overcoming and recovering from oppression by the psycho-pharmaceutical industry.

 

11/06 Justice-Involved Men and Trauma - This federally convened national workgroup discussed issues related to justice involved men and trauma as well as the growing crisis in trauma among veterans. Washington, D.C.

 

10/06 Men and Trauma - This institute discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in men's trauma experiences. Co-Presented this institute at the National "Alternatives 2006" Conference in Portland, Oregon

 

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 "Alternatives 2006" 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 "Alternatives 2006" Conference in Portland, Oregon

 

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

 

10/06 Men and Trauma - This institute discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in men's trauma experiences. Presented this Institute 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

 

10/06 Effective Supervision of Peer Case Management - This workshop discussed issues for supervisors. Supervisors have often been promoted to their position without benefit of any formal training. Problems can arise when untrained supervisors confuse their role as supervisor with their previous role as therapist/case manager. Role confusion can become more complicated when supervising consumers/survivors who have not yet developed full roles within the provider agency. Presented at the 2006 National Association of Case Management (NACM) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

09/06 Men and Trauma - This workshop discussed issues for male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Data was presented regarding the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in men's trauma experiences. Presented at the 11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego, California

 

09/06 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

 

07/06 Recovery: Hopes and Dreams of Real Transformation - Keynote presentation at the Fourth Annual "Celebration Recovery" Conference of the Ohio Adult Recovery Network in Akron, Ohio

 

05/06 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

 

11/05 Men and Trauma - Coordinated presentation of this workshop at the NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) Conference in Hartford, Connecticut

 

10/05 Men and Trauma - 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 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

 

06/05 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

 

05/05 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

 

05/05 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

 

02/05 Outcomes and Perspectives on the National Dare to Act Trauma Conference of 2004 - Presented to the National Advisory Committee - Subcommittee On Consumer/Survivor Issues, Washington, D.C.

 

02/05 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

 

01/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Portland, Oregon

 

01/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Hillsboro, Oregon

 

12/04 Men and Trauma Institute - This institute addressed lessons learned from male trauma survivors, including the importance of gender-specificity in understanding and responding to experiences of violent victimization. Presenters discussed the prevalence of trauma experiences among boys and men; the impact of trauma; characteristic male coping styles; and models for male trauma recovery and healing. Attention was paid to different types of trauma exposure and to the role of race and culture in men's trauma experiences. The institute considered both effective trauma-specific interventions and the development of trauma-informed approaches to services for men. Actively planned and presented during this full day institute as part of the National Dare to Act conference on Trauma. Baltimore, Maryland

 

12/04 Trauma in the Lives of Men: Impact, Services, and Recovery - Co-Presented this workshop at the National Dare to Act conference on Trauma. Baltimore, Maryland

 

10/04 How to Develop a Statewide Mental Health Trauma Policy - Co-Presented at Alternatives 2004 Conference. Denver, Colorado

 

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

 

11/03 NARPA 101 - Presented at the NARPA 2003: United for Social Justice Conference. (NARPA is the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy.) Austin, Texas

 

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.

 

06/03 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

 

05/03 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

 

03/03 Developing a Statewide Mental Health Trauma Policy - Presentation at the 9th National and 2nd International Conference on the Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities. Riverside, California

 

02/03 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

 

01/03 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

 

01/03 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.

 

11/02 Consumers as Case Managers from Different Perspectives - Presented this workshop as a panelist at the National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference in Washington, D.C.

 

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 Employment as a Critical Element of 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). 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

 

09/02 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

 

09/02 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

 

09/02 Introduction to Peer and Self-Advocacy - Two day training presented to consumer/survivors at Circle of Hope Drop-In Center in Corvallis, Oregon

 

08/02 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 Corvallis, Oregon

 

08/02 Grant Writing and Fundraising - Training presented on behalf of OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance) to SHAMA (Self-Help And Mutual Assistance) Drop-In House in North Bend, Oregon

 

08/02 The Case Against the Use of Force and Coercion in Mental Health Care - Testimony before a sub-committee of President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in Washington, D.C.

 

07/02 Identifying and Overcoming Mentalism - Co-authored this article which is currently in press (Community Mental Health Journal) with Coni Kalinowski, M.D.

 

07/02 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).

 

06/02 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.

 

06/02 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

 

06/02 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

 

05/02 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

 

05/02 Introduction to OCTA - Presentation to mental health consumers in Burns, Oregon

 

05/02 State Hospitals: Worst Case Scenarios - Workshop presentation to mental health service providers (Case Managers and Adult Foster Care Home Workers) in Burns, Oregon

 

05/02 Successful Community Living - Workshop presentation to mental health service providers (Case Managers and Adult Foster Care Home Workers) in Burns, Oregon

 

05/02 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

 

04/02 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

 

04/02 Psychological Trauma Policy Statewide Regional Forum - Presented consumer/survivor perspective at this forum to discuss the draft of a new statewide proposed policy. Helped facilitate discussion group. Presented in Eugene, Oregon Also presented in 3/02 in Wilsonville, Oregon

 

01/02 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.

 

01/02 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

 

09/01 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)

 

08/01 Human Sexuality and Mental Health Recovery: The Final Taboo - Workshop presentation at the "Alternatives 2001" Conference. Presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

08/01 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). Presented in Corvallis, Oregon

 

07/01 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

 

06/01 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

 

05/01 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), 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

 

05/01 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

 

04/01 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

 

04/01 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

 

04/01 Consumers as Colleagues: When Consumers become Co-Workers - Co-Presented this workshop about "consumers" in the mental health workforce at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's "In the Public Interest: Strategies and Solutions for Tomorrow" Annual Training Conference in Portland, Oregon

 

02/01 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 Consumer/Providers from Different Perspectives - Co-Presented on this workshop panel to look at issues regarding consumers as providers. This panel blended together the different perspectives of individuals who have had experience in either hiring or being a consumer/provider at the Eighth National Case Management Conference sponsored by the NACM (National Association of Case Management) in Kansas City, Missouri

 

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

 

08/00 Choosing Meaningful Employment: The IPS+ Model - Co-Presented this workshop at "Voices of Hope" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors second annual conference) sponsored by OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance). IPS+ is Individual Placement and Support Plus, a Supported Employment Model. Presented in Portland, Oregon

 

08/00 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

 

08/00 The California System of Patients' Rights Advocacy - Presentation to Joint Judiciary Committee Work Group on Advocacy in Eugene, Oregon

 

08/00 A Public Mental Health System Without Coercion - Facilitated this roundtable discussion at the NARMH (National Association for Rural Mental Health) conference in Portland, Oregon

 

04/00 Recovery and the Modern Mental Health System - Presentation to the Governor's Mental Health Alignment Work Group in Turner, Oregon

 

04/00 Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance - Co-Presented this workshop on IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus), Fidelity Scales and Consumer Choice at "Building on Family Strengths" (A National Conference on Research and Services in Support of Children and Their Families) in Portland, Oregon

 

01/00 Recovery - Article in Paradigm, a quarterly publication of The Office of Consumer Technical Assistance

 

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

 

09/99 Changing Our Minds: A Conversation About Work and Our Mental Health - Panelist at workshop with OCTA (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance) and IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus) in a town hall style discussion about employment and its impact on mental health in West Linn, Oregon

 

05/99 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 successfully in the community in ways which promote independence and freedom. Presented at "Visions of Strength" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors first annual conference), Springfield, Oregon

 

05/99 Recovery and Empowerment - Plenary Panel member for opening night panel at "Visions of Strength" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors first annual conference), Springfield, Oregon

 

1998 Risser, P. (1998). In Solomon, M., Jonikas, J., Cook, J., Kerouac, J. (Eds.) Positive partnerships: How consumers and nonconsumers can work together as service providers. Chicago: National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability.

 

06/98 Consumer-Directed Planning & Career Development for People with Psychiatric Disabilities - As faculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, "Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a Values-Based Curriculum for Serving People with Psychiatric Disabilities, to Sutter/Yuba Counties Mental Health Services in Marysville, California -- Also presented "Career Counseling and Goal Planning (Consumer Directed)" in 03/97 in San Diego, California in 11/96 in San Ramon, California; 05/96 in Orange, Davis, Fairfield and San Bernardino, California; in 04/96 in Phoenix, Arizona; in 02/96 in San Ramon, California; in 06/95 in Pomona, Fresno, Madera, Eureka, and Riverside California; in 05/95 in Orange, California; in 02/95 in San Ramon, California; in 01/95 in Orange, California; in 04/94 in Orange, California; in 02/94 in Los Angeles, California and in 01/94 in San Ramon, California

 

05/98 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

 

04/98 Empowering Mental Health Clients - Presentation to Yolo Consumer Self-Help, Advocacy and Peer Support (CSHAPES) in Woodland, California

 

04/96 Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including Psychopharmacologic Issues) – As faculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, "Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a Values-Based Curriculum for Serving People with Psychiatric Disabilities, San Diego, California

 

04/96 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

 

10/95 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

 

07/95 Phoenix Enterprises, Inc. - Consulted on Federally funded RFP for development of residential treatment services at a HUD 811 construction site for 14 units to serve those identified as the most "Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill" people in the county, Concord, Contra Costa County, California

 

07/95 Training and Career Development (for Mental Health Consumer/Providers) - Co- facilitated workshop at "Working the System: Comparing & Sharing Experiences with Peers" Conference in Denver, Colorado

 

06/95 PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System - As faculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a values based curriculum for serving people with psychiatric disabilities, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria California

 

05/95 Mental Health Client Work Force Training - Co-presented at JOBS NOW: Meaningful Employment of Clients in Public Mental Health, Oakland, California (Also served on the Conference Planning Committee)

 

05/95 Developing Housing for People with Psychiatric Disabilities - Co-presented at HOUSING CALIFORNIA '95 Conference, Sacramento, California

 

04/95 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) Annual Conference, Oakland, California

 

04/95 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at the Tenth Annual Wealth of Health Conference, San Mateo, California

 

03/95 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

 

12/94 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, Tiburon, California

 

08/94 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

 

06/94 The Americans with Disabilities Act and It's Implications for People with Mental Disabilities - Presentation to The Alliance for Mentally Ill of Contra Costa, Concord, California

 

05/94 Clients in the Mental Health System Workforce: Pro's and Con's of Clients Working in the Mental Health Field - Presentation at the Sonoma County Client Empowerment Training Part II, Consumer Speak Up Conference: Clients Networking for Real Change, Santa Rosa, California

 

04/94 Employing Consumers as Mental Health Providers: Is It Possible? - Presentation at California State Conference; Empowering the Mental Health Community: Real Options for Rehabilitation. Sacramento, California (presentation was also made in Fresno, California in March, 1994)

 

04/94 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

 

03/94 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

 

10/93 Phoenix Enterprises, Inc. - Consultant on State funded RFP for development of residential treatment services in a secure Board and Care type facility for 10 Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill people coming out of State Hospitals, Riverside County, California

 

08/93 Hiring of Consumers Within the Public Mental Health System: Is It Possible? (Peer Support for Consumer/Ex-Patient/Survivor Service Providers) - Presentation at Alternatives '93 Conference, Columbus, Ohio

 

05/93 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Additional topic; Stigma from the client perspective. Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

 

03/93 Social Security Work Incentives - Presentation for National Teleconference Project based in Lawrence, Massachusetts

 

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

 

8/92 Informed Consent and Capacity Hearings; Skill Building and Strategizing Around Specific Problems for Medication Capacity Hearing Representation - Presentation at the Annual State Patients' Rights Conference, Burlingame, California

 

5/92 Case Management: A Systems' Change Strategy - Two day Institute presentation at the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (IAPSRS) Annual Conference, Oakland, California

 

11/92 Disability Benefits Analysis: Social Security Work Incentives Programs - Presentation at 11th Annual Conference on the Rights of Persons with Psychiatric Labels or Developmental Disabilities sponsored by NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy). Kansas City, Missouri

 

09/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

 

05/92 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

 

04/92 The Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients, plans for a consumer run drop-in center and ways in which churches and consumers can interact to provide support for people with severe emotional problems provide better community education and outreach to combat stigma. Presentation to Martinez Ministerial Association, Martinez, California

 

04/92 A Survival Guide for Families of Mentally Ill - Presentation on Patients' Rights as part of this nine week Martinez Adult Education course, Martinez, California

 

04/92 An Empowering Journey - Published in "The Journal", Volume 3, Number 2, a quarterly publication of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

 

02/92 Consultant to "Self Help Live" panel. This live national closed circuit broadcast was a presentation on "Employment" including areas on the ADA, Reasonable Accommodation, SSI Work Incentives, Public and Private Sector Employment and How to Find and Keep a Job

 

02/92 "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

 

02/92 Consumers Working in Mental Health - Presentation at 9th Annual Consumer Speaks Conference, Sacramento, California

 

02/92 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 Disability Benefits Analysis: Social Security Work Incentives and Their Impact on Other Benefits Systems - Presentation at 10th Annual Conference on the Rights of Persons with Psychiatric Labels or Developmental Disabilities sponsored by NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy). Austin, Texas

 

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

 

08/91 Role of Advocate in Consumer Movement - Presentation at Patients' Rights Advocacy Training Conference, Burlingame, California

 

08/91 Training and Self-Advocacy - Presentation as part of this workshop at Patients' Rights Advocacy Training Conference, Burlingame, California

 

08/91 Transition from Client to Advocate: From Receiving Services to Giving Services - Presentation as part of an Advocacy Workshop at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

 

08/91 Consumer Case Management - Presentation at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

 

08/91 Support Services - Presentation at Conference orientations at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

 

08/91 Consumers as Service Providers: Overcoming the Barriers - Presentation at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

 

08/91 Sensitivity Training. Presentation to various community agencies in various settings prior to the Alternatives `91 Conference to provide information about the Support Services that would be available at the conference. Berkeley, California

 

07/91 Alternatives and How It Changes Peoples' Lives - Presentation at Contra Costa County Alternatives `91 Kickoff Luncheon, Concord, California

 

05/91 Working Together and Sharing in Our Diversity - Presentation at 2nd Annual SCCORE Conference, Grand Junction, Colorado

 

04/91 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

 

02/91 Representing Respondents in Mental Health Actions - Presentation as part of the Continuing Legal Education branch of the Disability Law Committee of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado

 

02/91 Testified before a Colorado State Legislative Committee to kill an oppressive electroshock bill, Denver, Colorado

 

02/91 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

 

10/90 Brief article opposing the Alliance for the Mentally Ill published in "Dendron News", Issue #19

 

09/90 Consumers Work - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

09/90 Overcoming Obstacles in Consumer Empowerment - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

09/90 Mental Health Consumers as Service Providers - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

07/90 Work and Other Methods to Achieving Self-Sufficiency - Presentation at Hearthstone Day Treatment Program, Denver, Colorado

 

07/90 The Phoenix Project: Empowerment Through Employment and Other Consumer- Run Alternatives - Presentation at Alternatives `90 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

07/90 Assembling the Building Blocks of a Statewide Organization - Presentation at Alternatives `90 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

05/90 Peer Self-Help, Empowerment and Advocacy - Opening Address presentation at First Annual SCCORE Conference, Estes Park, Colorado

 

05/90 Grievance Procedures - Workshop presentation at First Annual SCCORE Conference, Estes Park, Colorado

 

05/90 SCCORE Position Papers – Authored and presented these first consumer/survivor "position papers" to the statewide network for vote.  These papers were against the use of force and coercion in treatment and in favor of personal empowerment and self-determination in recognition of the fact that people can and do "recover." Plenary presentation at First Annual SCCORE Conference, Estes Park, Colorado

 

05/90 Overprotectiveness and Fear of Loss of Services and Friends - Presentation at First Annual Developmental Disabilities Planning Council "Empowerment" Conference, Denver, Colorado

 

05/90 Consumer Self-Advocacy - Presentation at First Annual Mental Health Advocates Forum, Evergreen, Colorado

 

10/89 Consumer News. Produced, edited and wrote several articles for the first Colorado Statewide Mental Health Consumer newsletter

 

10/89 The Consumer Case Manager Program in Colorado - Presentation at Regional CSP Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

 

10/89 What Consumers Want - Plenary panel presentation at Regional CSP Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

 

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

 

11/88 Testified before Colorado State Legislature at sunset hearings on "Mental Impairment in Civil Rights," Denver, Colorado

 

06/88 Coalition Building: Increasing AMI Membership through Consumer Involvement - Presentation at NAMI Annual Convention; Leadership Conference, Boulder, Colorado

 

06/88 Developing Supported Employment for CMI Clients: The Nuts and Bolts - Presentation at workshop featuring Andrea Blanch, Denver, Colorado

 

04/88 Battered and Abused - Unpublished autobiography on the subject of my history of abuse both as a child and a mental patient

 

09/87 Change From Within: The Consumer Movement in Colorado - Presentation at Annual Colorado Mental Health Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado

 

03/87 The Self Defeat of Perfectionism - Presentation to the first class of Consumer Case Manager Aide Trainees, Denver, Colorado

 

AWARDS


* 06/05
National Mental Health Association Clifford Beers Award

* 02/05 Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to The Mental Health Planning and Management Advisory Council from the Oregon Department of Health Services, Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services, 1999 - 2005
* 10/00
National Association of Case Management XCEL Award as the Consumer Case Manager of the Year in recognition of years of leadership and training in the field of Case Management. Presented at their annual national conference in Kansas City, Missouri
* 06/95
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
* 04/94
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
* 05/91
Outstanding Lifetime Service Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 12/90
Special Recognition Award presented by The Phoenix Project, Colorado
* 05/90
Outstanding Leadership Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 04/90
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
* 07/89
Plaque in Appreciation of Service presented by Bethesda Community Mental Health Center Advisory Board, Colorado
* 06/88
Letter of Appreciation presented by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for 1988 National Conference participation and leadership, Colorado
* 1979 - 1983
President's and Dean's List continuously at The Colorado College and Arapahoe Community College, Colorado
* 04/83
Award of Recognition presented by The Colorado College for being the top fundraiser during the Annual Alumni Fundraising Drive, Colorado
* 06/81
Who's Who in American Junior (Community) Colleges, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado
* 05/81
Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service presented by Arapahoe Community College for service as Student Body President, student advocacy, work on the Affirmative Action policy, and researching and writing the first "Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities", Littleton, Colorado
* 1976
Letter of Recognition presented by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for top
fundraising effort by an independent group, Cleveland, Ohio
* 1975
Commendation Trophy for Outstanding Service in Promoting Company Growth presented by Capitol Insurance Company, Cleveland, Ohio
* 1974
Commendation for Outstanding Community Service presented by the Boy Scouts of America for work as an inner city Assistant Scoutmaster, Cleveland, Ohio