Transformative Change In Mental Health Pre-Conference

Transformative Change In Mental Health Pre-Conference

Transformative Change In Mental Health

Pre-Conference Meeting - Society for Community Research and Action

Adler School of Professional psychology

17 N. Dearborn, Chicago, Community Hall, 15th floor

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Breakfast 8:00-9:00am

This pre-conference focuses on contributions that community psychology perspectives and practices can make in restoring "community" in mental health systems and services.  Drawing from recent developments in the field, invited speakers will argue for strategies to promote change across levels of analysis in practices and policies.  Sessions include opportunities to develop projects and relationships to advance this work.  Based upon discussions at three previous conferences, there is interest around the world for creating an international network of professionals, consumers, and advocates.

The day-long meeting includes two paper sessions, networking, and organization of the international network.  Papers of the presenters will be distributed prior to the meeting.  The pre-conference is facilitated by Bret Kloos, Geoff Nelson, and José Ornelas. Contact Bret Kloos for further information (  There is no cost for participating.  Continental breakfast will be provided. We will break for lunch at local restaurants.


The Impact of Mental Health Consumer-Run Organizations on Transformative Change

Susan Rogers (Director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse - Philadelphia, PA)

Housing First: Consumers Creating Their Own Home, Community, and Recovery

Sam Tsemberis (CEO Pathways to Housing - New York, NY)

Promoting Individual and Social Change for People with Experience of Mental Illness Through Supported Education and Supported Employment Services

Teresa Duarte  (President of AEIPS - Association for the Study of Psychosocial Integration - Lisboa, Portugal)

Transforming Mental Health Care through the Participation of the Recovery Community

Priscilla Ridgway (Yale University School of Medicine - New Haven, CT)

Transformative Organizational Change in Community Mental Health

José Ornelas (Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada Instituto Universitário, in Lisboa, Portugal )

Recovering Community in Mental Health

Bret Kloos - (University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC 

About the Presenters:

Tereas Duarte - She is the President of AEIPS - Association for the Study of Psychosocial Integration - an NGO that aims to promote recovery, employment and community integration for people with experience of mental illness. Teresa is also on the board of the Portuguese Association for Supported Employment, a member of the European Union of Supported Employment, and on the steering committee of the Portuguese Network for Corporate and Organizational Social Responsibility 

Bret Kloos is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the University of South Carolina's Clinical-Community Psychology doctoral training program. His work has focused on housing issues for persons with psychiatric disabilities, social inclusion, promoting mutual help, and creating structures that sustain people's well-being.

Geoffrey Nelson is Professor of Psychology and a faculty member in the graduate program in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.  His research and practice has focused on community mental health programs and supports for people with serious mental illness and community-based prevention programs for children and families. 

José Ornelas is an Associate Professor with Aggregation at the ISPA- Instituto Universitário, in Lisboa, Portugal. Over the last 25 years he has developed research and practice in the field of Community Psychology, particularly in the domains of community mental health. Ornelas has been a member of two National Commissions, one to reform the mental health system and the other for higher education on new psychology curricula.

Priscilla Ridgway is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.  For the last 20 years she has worked within organizations committed to innovation and building recovery paradigm knowledge. Her work in the last several years includes co-authoring Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Self Help Workbook for personal recovery, defining elements of a recovery facilitating system, and the development of recovery performance indicators.

Susan Rogers is Director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, a consumer-run national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services; and she is Director of Special Projects of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has been active in the consumer/survivor movement since 1984. 

Sam Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing, an organization based on the belief that housing is a basic right, in 1992.  He currently serves as the CEO.  Pathways developed the Housing First program that has been remarkably effective in ending homelessness for people with mental health and addiction problems.  Pathways' Housing First is successfully replicated in many places in the USA, Canada and Europe. 

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