Preconference Session

Monday, August 26, 2019

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

1 Preconference 1 - Strategic Doing: The Game

In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. Join Strategic Doing practitioners from across the U.S. and engage in this interactive simulation game to experience how this agile process might be used to address rural mental health initiatives and opportunities. Learn how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and quick action, and make adjustments along the way. Presenters: Lauren Goldstein, Betty Johnson, Geniphyr Ponce, and Liz Nilsen.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2 Preconference 2 - Join the Movement! An Intensive Hands-On Skills Training Workshop in Providing Mental Health Evaluations for Immigrants Fleeing Torture and Persecution

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to: 1) Identify core criteria qualifying individuals for humanitarian relief; 2) Identify the core components of a mental health evaluation or immigrants fleeing torture and persecution; 3) Perform a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed interview with a survivor of torture; and 4) Write a mental health evaluation to serve as a forensic document in court. Presenters: Shawn Sidhu, Erik Bayona and Rahul Vasireddy

1:30 - 4:30 PM

3 Preconference 3 - Peer Specialists’ Unique Role in Rural Community Health

Peer Specialists’ Unique Role in Rural Community Health: As peer specialists in rural communities, how do we let go of the “narrative of despair” and bring hope and renewal instead? How can certified peer specialists contradict isolation and facilitate positive relationship building among other peers? What role can peers play in building recovery communities centered on connection, mutuality, and possibility? This pre-conference workshop will focus on how certified peer specialists can play a role in developing self-help groups and other community involvement projects that lead the way from merely surviving to thriving! Presenter: Sarah Brown