Call For Papers

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The deadline for submitting workshop and institute proposals expired on June 7. We thank everyone for submitting proposals. Speakers will be confirmed by the Alternatives 2009 Advisory Committee and notification of final acceptance will be sent by July 31 along with a speaker packet.

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Each Alternatives Conference offers in-depth technical assistance on consumer/survivor-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. The Alternatives 2009 Advisory Committee, which includes consumer/survivor leaders from across the nation, is seeking proposals for presentations in the following areas, although proposals need not be limited to the following subjects:

PEER-LED PROGRAMS: The vital importance of consumer-operated programs is recognized by such authorities as the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This track may include presentations on: consumers as providers/change agents; mutual support; evidence-based practices and model consumer-run programs; certified peer specialists; state offices of consumer affairs; program sustainability; program evaluation; fund-raising and grant proposal writing; and more.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: When people who have been historically disempowered understand that they can be leaders, everything changes. This track may include presentations on: self-advocacy; systems advocacy; self-determination; promoting and protecting rights; addressing discrimination and stigma; employment, housing and educational rights and resources; community organizing; communication and public/press relations; serving on boards and committees; and more.

HEALTH: People diagnosed with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than their counterparts who do not have mental illnesses. We need to move beyond illness to incorporate the concept of wellness into our lives. This track may include presentations on: recovery; holistic/alternative healing approaches, such as yoga, meditation and exercise; energy psychology, such as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Reiki, quantum healing, Qi Gong, and prana; cultural and spiritual healing; advance directives; parenting; trauma-informed care; and more.

TECHNOLOGY: Technology is an invaluable tool in nurturing wellness and fostering relationships, as well as helping people in remote areas gain access to services and supports. This track may include presentations on: using the Internet to promote wellness and communication; Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social networking technology that promotes wellness and recovery; finding real help in a virtual world; and more.

THE ARTS: The arts have the power to heal, and are a way to foster empowerment and work toward social change. This track may include presentations on: journaling, poetry, newsletters, humor, storytelling/biography, dance, music, drama; drawing and painting, film and video; and more.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: The United States in the 21st century is a gorgeous tapestry, weaving together a rich array of diverse cultures, each of which may have its own languages, spiritual practices, values and traditions. The consumer/survivor movement dedicates itself to the spirit of inclusion. This track may include presentations on: legislative and judicial topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Olmstead Decision; community integration; forensic issues; and diversity topics, including cultural competence, rural/urban issues, outreach to minority groups in the consumer/survivor movement, including youth, ethnic/racial minorities and other groups; GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning) issues; effective methods for promoting inclusion; and more.

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