More than 60 workshops took place at the alternatives conference. below is the conference schedule.

Wednesday, july 10th, 9:30am - 10:45am

Rights on Another Planet - Amy Jo Funk

Power, Privilege, and Liberation in Recovery - Stephanie Barnett Jamison

Toward an Effective Peer Support Workforce: Integrating Research and Practice - Jessica Wolf, Jason Robison

Turn the Beat Up! - Greg Parnell

Peers 4 Recovery: Rhode Island Intergenerational Efforts - Lisa Conlan Lewis, Noah Pike, Diane Cote-Travisano, Robert Reynolds 

100 Days of Transformation: How I Stopped Yelling, Started Listening, and Got My Family Back Through Action Planning and Mindfulness - Kristen King

Using Video/Film to Educate, Advocate, and Activate - Jim Flannery, Oryx Cohen, Sara Kenigsburg

Introduction to Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size - Emily Sheera Cutler, Jess Stohlmann-Rainey

Wednesday, july 10th, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Social Justice Informed Support for Suicidal People - Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, Emily Sheera Cutler

The Gifts of Psychosis - Corey Jones

Healing and Social Change Through Hip Hop - Celia Brown, Elizabeth (Liz) Breier, Noah Gokul, Gerald (Djkareem) Jenkins

Healing Trauma Through The Art And Science Of Self-Love - Deborah Trueheart 

Building Peer Respites with Integrity - Sera Davidow, Caroline Mazel-Carlton

Youth Leadership…More Than Services - Evelyn Clark

Life Projects That Challenge the Nature of Consensus Reality and Society - R. Drake Ewbank

Growing Through - Eduardo Vega


Wednesday, july 10th, 1:45pm - 3pm

Arts for Fun and Purpose - Gayle Bluebird

Critical Thinking Skills for Peers: What They Are and Why We Need Them - Richard Krzyzanowski

Crisis: A New/Different Conversation - Jane Winterling

Handling Grievances: The Peer Way - Heidi Hexe, Carolyn Hall

Youth Mental Health - Sean Perry

Psychiatric (In)Justice & Queer Liberation - Jess Stohlmann-Rainey

Coming Together/Moving Forward—Creating a Shared Vision for Mental Health Public Policy - Clarencetine (Teena) Brooks, Dan Fisher, Harvey Rosenthal

Surviving Race Caucus - Celia Brown, Jen Padron, Lauren Tenney


Wednesday, july 10th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Save My Job, or Save My Soul? - Jacek/Jack Haciak

Nothing New Without Us: How People with Lived Experience Have Been Transforming the System - Celia Brown, Dan Fisher, Ron Manderscheid

Human Rights as Part of Our Personal Journey - Svava Arnardóttir

Alternatives to Suicide: A New Way to Understand and Support People Through Their Darkest Times - Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Sera Davidow

How the Human Stress Response Explains “Bipolar Disorder” - Sarah Knutson

Opportunities and Challenges to Expand Peer Support Across Health Conditions - Patrick Hendry, Kelly Davis

Soul Centering for Emotional and Mental Wellness - Diana Catherine Bella

Thursday, july 11th, 9:30am - 10:45am

Shamanic Healing: A Pathway for Reconnection and Recovery - Beth Terrence

Your Voice Matters: Using Lived Experience to Influence Change in Policy and Practices Relating to Neurodiversity in Post-Secondary Education - Dr. J. Michael Griffin, Dr. Ryoko Yamaguchi

Power of Connection with Young Adults in Recovery - Torry Bernard

Promoting Individual Rights and Justice: Refocusing Peer Support - Mike Weaver

Integrating Workforce Development and Mental Health Delivery for Employment Success - Elyssa Gersen

Intentional Peer Support: A Path to Connection and Social Change - Lisa Forestell 

Emotional CPR: Learn to Help Another Through a Crisis - Erin Tucker, Dan Fisher, Lonnie Ford

Effective and Innovative Peer Culture: The Prosumer Experience - Anna H. Gray, Mary Tolle, Janet Paleo

Thursday, july 11th, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Support Without Labels: Discovering Shared Human Identity Within Peer Relationships - Cooper Davis, Latosha Taylor

Beyond the Story: Letting Go of Judgment of Others, Getting to “Know Thyself” - Corrine Taylor 

Suicide: Lets F@&%ing Talk About It - Peter Starkey, Laura Mekinova

What Gratitude Can Do for You and Tips for Practicing Gracious Living - Jacquese Armstrong

Healing through Spiritual Practices with a Trauma-Informed Care Lens - Ruth Gonzales 

The Humanistic Effect: An Experiential Prison Abolition Project - Eddie Perhonitch, Joseph Szeliga, Vincent Murray, Price Szeliga

Transcending the Aftermath of Abuse: Moving from Victim to Expert - Rosie Paloma, Dr. Joel Glenn Wixson

Nothing About Us Without Us: Walking the Talk at Mental Health Partnerships - Elisha Coffey, Tamara Brownlee


Thursday, july 11th, 1:45pm - 3pm

Criteria to Discover the Why Within Mental Health - Dr. Eve Taylor

Trauma Informing the 12 Steps - Eryca Kasse

Engaging Youth - Michelle Blade, Jennifer Jones 

The Simulation Hypothesis and What It Might Mean for Voices, Visions, and Other Unusual Experiences - John Herold

Uniting Social Justice Movements to Create Positive Change - Oryx Cohen, Rhoda Gibson, Richie Tannerhill

Innovative Approaches to Real-World Workforce Challenges - Alec Atkin, Greg Parnell, Ruth Gonzales

Safer Consumption Spaces: Innovative Harm Reduction Approaches to Substance Use - Katharine Celentano, Queen Adesuyi

Thursday, july 11th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Peer Bridging—Leading the Way in Housing and Beyond: Housing and Employment Peer Support - Jason Robison

More Than a Diagnosis: Finding Meaning After a Mental Health Diagnosis - Jennifer Gerlach 

Building a Coalition Against Co-optation - Joe Cardamone 

Supporting Transitional Age Youth with Mental Health Challenges in Achieving Employment - Regina Kaiser, Ruth Gonzales

The Art of Healing Conversations and How to Master the Art of Living - Gordon Eagleheart

The Right to Refuse Drugs and the Right to Take Drugs: Integrating #NoMoreDrugWar Perspectives in an Age of Forced Drugging - Katharine Celentano, Queen Adesuyi

please see below for the powerpoints, handouts, and other materials from the presentations.

Click here for Jacquese Armstrong’s website (presenter of “What Gratitude Can Do for You and Tips for Practicing Gracious Living”).

Click here for the Voices for Choices intro video (from “Using Video/Film to Educate, Advocate, and Activate”).

Click here for the PowerPoint from “Effective and Innovative Peer Culture: The Prosumer Experience”

Click here for John Herold’s keynote speech.


Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

See Our Voices - Ivory Moore

Understanding and Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Mental Health - Jasmine Quinones

Peer Led Initiative to Improve Life in Room and Board Homes - Lorraine Zeller

Thursday, july 11th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mental Health Professionals with Lived Experience - Emily Sheera Cutler and Joe Cardamone

Taking Our Words Back: An Invitation to Reclaim Your Descriptive Agency - Joel Glen Wixson

Living Beyond Pain - Jasmine Quinones

How Can We Support Prison Abolition in America - Eddie Perhonitch

Black Mental Health: Racism, Stigma, and the Impact on Mental Health - Myra Anderson