National Empowerment Center - Webinars: Staying Sane While Helping a Loved one in Crisis; Peer Respite Services

MindFreedom International Presents:
Principles for Staying Sane While Effectively Helping a Loved One in Crisis

Wednesday, July 27th, 11 AM - 12 PST, 2 PM - 3 EST.
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Do you have a family member or friend who has been through (or is undergoing) a mental health crisis?  If so, you are familiar with how difficult and frustrating it can be to watch someone you love suffer.  At first, we are more than ready to give of our time and resources.  We almost feel compelled to step in and manage aspects of the person's life for him or her.  Soon, we wonder why he or she "just can't snap out of it," and finally risk becoming resentful if our selfless acts don't add up to less suffering for our loved one.  In this webinar, participants will learn principles that, when applied thoughtfully in real-life situations, can help both their loved ones stay on a healing path while helping themselves avoid burnout & withdrawal.  Specifically, we will address issues such as:  setting & maintaining appropriate boundaries, avoiding/reducing power struggles over psychiatric medications, & managing issues of separateness vs. fusion in intense relationships. 
Daniel Mackler, LCSW, is a filmmaker, writer, musician, and former psychotherapist.  He is the co-editor of Beyond Medication:  Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis and the co-editor and co-author of A Way Out of Madness:  Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder.  He is also the director of Take These Broken Wings, a documentary on recovery from schizophrenia without medication, and most recently two new documentaries, Healing Homes and Open Dialogue, both of which explore innovative models for the effective treatment of psychosis. 
Matthew Morrissey, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco.  Along with Daniel Mackler, he is the co-author and co-editor of A Way Out of Madness:  Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder.  He is the Northern California Coordinator for ISPS-US (The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses), and is a Board Member of MindFreedom International.
SAMHSA ADS Center FREE Training Teleconference
Peer Respite Services: Transforming Crisis to Wellness
Thursday, August 4, 2011, 3 - 4:30 pm EST

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Registration will close at 5 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., OTR, CPRP, Director, Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives at Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey 
Sherri Jenkins Tucker, M.A., ITE, CPS, Executive Director, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Steve Miccio, Executive Director, Projects to Empower and Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled, Inc. (PEOPLe, Inc.)

There is a rich history spanning several decades for peer-to-peer support—beginning with support groups and evolving into a range of peer support services and peer-run organizations. During this webinar, you will learn about the research that shows that peer respite services can have positive impacts for people in recovery during times of emotional crisis.

In addition, you will hear about innovative, peer-operated alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization including the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Peer Support and Wellness Center and PEOPLe Inc.’s Rose House. Our speakers will share how peer respite services provide low-cost alternatives to emergency rooms for people in crisis. Offering a comfortable atmosphere, peer respite services welcome individuals to stay up to a week, in many cases, with peers who are trained to provide one-on-one support for handling a crisis. Peer specialists understand the impact of trauma and are trained to connect with people by building mutually respectful and trusting relationships.  Several peer-run organizations also offer a “warm line” for 24-hour peer support via phone.

The speakers of the webinar will describe how these services have evolved, as well as share some of the core components of their success including operational functions, such as securing funds and training the workforce.  

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.  This webinar is free and open to everyone.

This teleconference is sponsored by SAMHSA ADS Center, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS is a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Please explore the SAMHSA ADS Center Web site for more information: