Alternatives 2019
Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices

Thank you to all who attended Alternatives 2019, hosted by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, July 7 - 11, 2019. 

Please check back for a link to the conference evaluation and other information about this year’s conference. For more information about Alternatives, please see below.

If you have questions or concerns about Alternatives, please contact us at info@ncmhr.org or 202-642-4480.

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What is the Alternatives Conference? Watch this video.

The Alternatives Conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted for more than three decades by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). Alternatives 2019 has returned to our roots when the conference was organized by the early pioneers of Peer Recovery/Liberation Movement and was held at college campuses. Returning to our core values of being a “People’s Alternatives,” funded entirely through registrations and sponsorships, we are exited about the freedom we have to create this conference our way, “On Our Own.”

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the consumer/survivor movement.



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For the Alternatives Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlternativesConference/

Arts at Alternatives

Arts events at Alternatives include a number of workshops, an drop-in arts room, an Open Mic on Wednesday evening, and a Celebration Dance on Thursday evening.

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Spanish Interpretation Available

Alternatives will have Spanish interpretation available at the conference for those who request it. Please indicate on your registration form or email info@ncmhr.org.

Questions? Write info@ncmhr.org

The Alternatives conference will be held at the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center.

Click photo to learn more about the Pryzbyla Conference Center at Catholic University

Click photo to learn more about the Pryzbyla Conference Center at Catholic University

CE’s (Continuing Education Units):

The Alternatives Conference is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 10.5 continuing education contact hours (CEs) for workshop attendance (NASW Approval #886758713-8997). To obtain CEs, keep a record of each workshop you attend, and be sure to sign in at each workshop. Complete the conference evaluation form and return it to the registration desk at the end of the conference, where you will receive an attendance certificate. You can then submit this to your local accrediting agency.


Sponsorship

Alternatives 2019 is relying totally on registrations and sponsors to have a successful conference. Please consider sponsoring the conference or giving scholarships to attendees from your area. Additional information about sponsorships on the "Sponsorship page."

 

Scholarships

At this time, we do not have funds available to provide scholarships for the Alternatives Conference. We recommend that conference attendees seek funding from local organizations and agencies. Potential funding sources include your employer, state- and city-wide mental health advocacy groups, peer-run and consumer-run groups, and disability rights advocacy organizations. The Funding for Alternatives section of this website has additional ideas.

 

Additional Information

The Alternatives conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted for more than three decades by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). Alternatives is renowned for offering the latest and best information in the peer recovery movement, and provides an invaluable opportunity for peers to network with and learn from one another. This conference is funded entirely through registration fees and donations.

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Learn More → Our History

Catholic University encourages “serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs, and promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding. We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.” The Alternatives conference strives to be a welcoming environment for all people, and we have been assured that all of our attendees, whatever their faith or lack of faith, will be treated with respect.

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Alternatives 2018 Recordings Available: 

Thanks to Melinda Hasbrouck, we have recordings of Alternatives 2018 conference sessions for purchase. We appreciate that Melinda did the recording without being paid and is charging a reasonable price to purchase recordings. Keynote/Plenary/Closing Sessions and Workshops were recorded when the presenter gave advance permission. CDs, MP3s, and DVDs (for some sessions) are available for purchase at https://www.royhas.com/alternatives2018

Prices and lists of sessions available for purchase are listed. Questions? Contact Melinda at melinda@royhas.com or 202-538-0006.

 

All photography provided by Jared Chambers

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Schedule At A Glance

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Workshop Proposals

Would you like to present at Alternatives? Keep watching for the call for workshop proposals for Alternatives 2019

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