There will be more than 70 workshops on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. the workshop titles by category follow:


    Bridging the Gap between Mental Health and Substance Abuse         

    • Walking the Walk from 12 Steps to Harm Reduction

    • Challenging the Status Quo

    • Peer Supports in Integrated Health Teams: The Possibilities and the Challenges

    • Harm Reduction: The Philosophy Informs the Practice

    • Co-occurring Disorders, Integrative Care and (TEAM) Collaboration Vision Board Building


    Diversity, Inclusion, and Intersectionality

    • Autistic Culture

    • Beyond Recovery, Sharing Our Recovery Message in Diverse Communities

    • Beyond the Mental Health Bubble: How We Can Unite Social Justice Movements to Create Positive Change

    • Bridging the Diaspora: Trauma and Mental Health within Queer/Trans Communities

    • Creating Inclusive Communities and Tearing Down the Walls of Stigma the Power of Intentional Friendship with Compeer

    •  “Gender Madness”- Advocating for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People to be able to Access Trauma Sensitive and Trans Competent Mental Health Services

    • Listening to the Marginalized

    • Spirituality through a Trauma-informed Care Lens

    • Street Cred to Incredible: Understanding & Supporting Millennials


      Economic Health and Recovery

    • Beyond Recovery: The Indispensable Role of Peer Employees in the Journey to Wellbeing

    • Supervision and Successful Employment: Overview of the National Peer Worker Supervision Survey


      Healing through the Arts

    • Anonymous Open Mic: Building Community Narratives Through Storytelling and Performance

    • Creative Journaling for Self-Discovery

    • From Madness to Celebration: How Art, Poetry, and Memoir Saved My Life and Sanity

    • How to Write Cuil

    • I Want to Hear the Music: The Healing Power of Music and Dance

    • Lived Experience Monologues: A Playwright’s Approach to Telling Your Story

    • Music: The Sound of Recovery

    • Paint, then Create

    • Wellness and Expression of Yourself through the Therapeutic Arts


      Holistic Health, Wellness, and Recovery

    • Shamanic Healing: A Pathway for Reconnection & Recovery

    • The Feldekrais Method©: A Tool for Recovery

    •  Trauma to Treasure: in the Eye of the Emotional Storm


      Innovative Perspectives

    • Alternatives to 911: Responding to Scary Situations Without the Use of Force

    •  When Conversation Turns to Suicide: The Power and Potential of Peer-to-Peer Dialogue

    • Beyond Disorder: Plural Pride in Multiples Movements

    • Caught in the Safety Net: The Gatekeeping of Survival Resources through Psychiatric Coercion

    • Creating a Revitalized Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria Through Peer Support and Emotional CPR (bilingual presentation) Creando un Puerto Rico Revitalizado a pesar de María, a través del apoyo de pares y Emocional CPR (Bilingual presentation)

    • Emotional CPR (eCPR) application for Disaster Relief

    • Grounding Peer Work in Human Rights and Independent Living

    • Kindness and Responsibility: A New Attitude for Peer Advocacy

    •  Not Broken Biology: Getting Beyond the Disease Model Paradigm of Mental Illness

    •  Reducing Hospitalization by Using eCPR in Communicating with People in Altered States

    •  Smashing Paternalism: Intersections Between the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Movement and the Fat Acceptance Movement

    •  Successful Families Can and Do Look Different: Perspectives from Parents Labeled with "Mental Illness"

    •  Trauma Informing the 12 Steps: Empowerment in Substance Misuse & Addiction Recovery


      Leadership Development

    • Finding Our Voice Empowerment Training for Emerging Advocacy Leaders

    • Growing into Leadership: Facilitation Skills for Peers

    • Leadership Development for Peer Support Specialists

    • Peer Organizations:  Nothing About Us Without....which ones of us?



    Youth/Young Adult

    • Peer Generation Youth Empowerment

    • Spreading the Contagion of Hope to Child Survivors of a Suicide Attempt

    • Recovery During the Transition to Adulthood: A Developmental Perspective on Mindfulness for Healthy Transitions



    Promising Practices in Peer-Run Programs and Peer-Delivered Services

    • Inclusion: Supporting Increased Community Participation

    • Community-based Peer Support Groups: “Hope through Acceptance”

    •   Cultivating Recovery Through Organizational Change: The Recovery-Oriented Organizational Assessment Tool

    • Become a Leader in a Global Human Connection Movement: Learn Empatiko’s Mutual Support Model

    • Implementing the Trauma-Informed Principle of Peer Support in a Crisis Service Setting

    • Innovation in Telephonic Peer Support: Developing and Growing and Integrated Peer Support and Crisis Services

    • Introduction to Intentional Peer Support

    • Lessons from the SHARE! Recovery Retreat to Help You Start Your Own Peer Run Respite

    • New Hampshire Peer Voice - How We Began

    • Peer Support in the Independent Living Movement

    • Supervision and Peers: Preserving Our Values, Defining Our Practice

    • WRAP Around New Hampshire Transformations

    • Educating the Peer Educator:  Lessons Learned from Training and Supervising Boston University Photovoice Peer Leaders


      Rights Protection

    • Hearing Voices Movement as Human Rights Movement:  Moving from Addressing “Chemical Imbalances” to “Power Imbalances”

    • Peers Co-opting the Future of Services

    • Rights for a New Planet

    • Seeking Justice


      Using Technology in Support of Recovery

    • Being Part of a Social Media Community Fostering Connectedness and Recovery

    • Off the Beaten Path: Rural Communities Joining the Nation Through Live Interactive Broadcast Peer Support Trainings

    • Outcomes Measurement with Wordpress and Survey Monkey

    •  Twitter 101: Learn to Tweet and Change Your Life!

    • Utilizing Free/ Low-Cost Technology to Demystify Myths about Mental Illness and Recovery



    Peer Reviewers from the Alternatives 2018 Planning Committee evaluated all proposals submitted according to the following criteria:

    • Diversity, cultural leadership, and responsiveness will be honored as a core component of any presentation
    • Presentations emphasizing the participation of attendees and the ability to replicate ideas will be given priority consideration
    • Relevance of the presentation to the conference theme, On Our Own, Transforming the Future Together
    • Relevance to the workshop topics
    • Expertise and experience of presenters
    • Opportunities for participants to develop new skills and/or replicate a successful program
    • Indication that the lead presenter is a peer (person with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, or substance use/addiction) 
    • Indication of partnerships with peers, providers, and/or family members
    • Clear outline of purpose and learning objectives of the presentation
    • Completion of all related sections within the application
    • Priority for first-time presenters