Alternatives 2019 will have more than 70 workshops on Wednesday and ThursdaY.

the workshoPS and presenters from 2018 are listed: (This page will be updated when the 2019 workshops are available. The conference program will have Workshop descriptions and bios of all presenters)

  • Alternatives to 911: Responding to Scary Situations Without the Use of Force: Calvin Moen, Kaz DeWolfe

  • Transformation without Re-traumatization: The Power of a Collaborative Group Process: Noelle Pollet, Rita Cronise

  • Community-based Peer Support Groups: “Hope Through Acceptance” David Son, Michael Nelson

  • Emotional CPR (eCPR) for Disaster Relief and Emotionally Stressed Communities (Aplicación de (eCPR) en desastres naturales y en comunidades afectadas emocionalmente): Maria Ostheimer, Lois Brooks, Edna Tirado (Bilingual presentation)

  • Growing into Leadership: Facilitation Skills for Peers: Shawna Sanchagrin, Jamie Works-Wright, Kimberly Marquez-Cortes

  • Music - The Sound of Recovery: Andy Goldenson, Sabrina Schram

  • Off the Beaten Path: Utah's Rural Communities Joining the Nation Through Live Interactive Broadcast Peer Support Trainings: Ginger Phillips, Susan Mansfield, Brian Neilson

  • Rights for a New Planet: Amy Funk

  • Beyond Disorder: Plural Pride in Multiples Movements, The Redwoods

  • Street Cred to Incredible: Understanding and Supporting Millennials: Desire Johnson-Forte, Anastasia Walton, Calvin (Joseph) Forte

  • Walking the Walk From 12-Steps to Harm Reduction: Jason Stevens, Jessica Nagel

  • Mad Studies and Survivor-Controlled Research in the US: Where Have We Been? Where Might We Go? Nev Jones, Emily Sheera Cutler

  • Ableism on Campus: Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Diagnoses and Neurodivergence, Molly Hawes, Matthew Flathers

  • Peer Support in the Independent Living Movement, Cara Liebowitz

  • Mad Wisdom: Healing the World through Powerful Authenticity and Playful Connection, Meg Mateer, Oryx Cohen

  • Bridging the Diaspora: Trauma and Mental Health within Queer/Trans Communities, Vesper Moore, Khalil Power

  • Caught in the Safety Net: The Gatekeeping of Survival Resources Through Psychiatric Coercion, Conor Cash, Kate DeWolfe, Calvin Moen

  • Cultivating Recovery Through Organizational Change: The Recovery-oriented Organizational Assessment Tool, Stephanie Jamison

  • Hearing Voices Movement as Human Rights Movement: Moving from Addressing “Chemical Imbalances” to “Power Imbalances” Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Marty Hadge

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

  • Peer Organizations: Nothing About Us Without....Which Ones of Us? Jacek/Jack Haciak

  • “Gender Madness”- Advocating for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People to be able to Access Trauma-sensitive and Trans-competent Mental Health Services, Marty Hadge, Sera Davidow

  • Co-occurring Disorders, Integrative Care, and (TEAM) Collaboration Vision Board Building, Rhonda L. Johnson, Denise McNeal

  • Community Inclusion: Supporting Increased Community Participation, Matthew Federici

  • Educating the Peer Educator: Lessons Learned from Training and Supervising Boston University Photovoice Peer Leaders, Lyn Legere, Debbie Nicolellis

  • Grounding Peer Work in Human Rights and Independent Living, Sarah Knutson

  • New Hampshire Peer Voice - How We Began, Martha Jo Hewitt, Laura Mekinova, Dee Prescott

  • Seeking Justice, Jennifer Chambers

  • Supervision and Successful Employment: Overview of the National Peer Worker Supervision Survey, Dana Foglesong, Jessica Wolf

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

  • Utilizing Free/ Low-cost Technology to Demystify Myths about Mental Illness and Recovery, Melinda Hasbrouck, Grace Odrick

  • Supervision and Peers: Preserving Our Values, Defining Our Practice, Jonathan Edwards, Gita Enders

  • Reclaiming Descriptive Agency: Moving from Victim to Expert, Rosie, Dr. Joel Glenn Wixson

  • Beyond the Mental Health Bubble: How We Can Unite Social Justice Movements to Create Positive Change, Oryx Cohen, Rhoda Gibson, Richie Tannerhill, Karen Goss

  • How to Write Cuil, Michón Neal

  • Peers Co-opting the Future of Services, Patrick Hendry, Kelly Davis

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

  • Spirituality Through a Trauma-informed Care Lens, Ruth Gonzales, Patricia Blum

  • Veterans Shaping the Future of Peer Support in the VA, Clifford Wright

  • Wellness and Expression of Yourself through the Therapeutic Arts, Jenevieve Sullivan, Robert Ortiz

  • When Conversation Turns to Suicide: The Power and Potential of Peer-to-Peer Dialogue, Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Marty Hadge

  • Finding Our Voice (FOV) Sandra McQueen-Baker, Elvin Blanco

  • Implementing the Trauma-informed Principle of Peer Support in a Crisis Service Setting, Mertice Gitane Williams, Ron Cordy, Patricia Blum

  • Harm Reduction: The Philosophy Informs the Practice, Jessica Nagel, Jason Stevens

  • Innovation in Telephonic Peer Support: Developing and Growing Integrated Peer Support and Crisis Services, Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, Carolyn Hall, Joe Cardamore

  • Leadership Development for Peer Support Specialists: Boundaries, Trey Jenkins, Abby Henderson, Nicole Janich

  • Not Broken Biology: Getting Beyond the Disease Model Paradigm of Mental Illness, John Herold, Sarah Knutson, Ronda Richardson,

  • Shamanic Healing: A Pathway for Reconnection and Recovery, Beth Terrence

  • Reducing Hospitalization by Using eCPR in Communicating with People in Altered States, Dan Fisher, Oryx Cohen

  • WRAP Around New Hampshire Transformations, Tom Doucette, Jude Grophear

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

  • From Madness to Celebration: How Art, Poetry, and Memoir Saved My Life and Sanity (and How They Can Save Yours Too, Pamela Spiro Wagner

  • Beyond Recovery: The Indispensable Role of Peer Employees in the Journey to Wellbeing, Jacquelyn Pettis, Tyneikia DeJesus

  • The New Frontier: Peer Specialists Working in Criminal Justice Settings, LaVerne Miller

  • Beyond Recovery: Sharing Our Recovery Message in Diverse Communities, Wes Rider, Ken Schuesselin

  • Challenging the Status Quo: Breaking the Mold in the 21st Century, Clarence Jordan, Lisa Kugler

  • Creative Journaling for Self-Discovery, Malaina Poore

  • Listening to the Marginalized, Rev. Barbara F. Meyers

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

  • Outcomes Measurement with Wordpress and Survey Monkey, Paul Komarek

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

  • Trauma to Treasure in the Eye of the Emotional Storm, Flora Releford

  • Paint, Then Create, DeAnna Atkins, Ashlee Jemmott

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

  • Real Diversity, Real Outreach: Overcoming Barriers to Inclusive Communities, Calendria Jones, Malaina Poore

  • Being Part of a Social Media Community Fostering Connectedness and Recovery, Phillippe Bloch, Vasudha Gidugu, David Blair, Marianne Farkas

  • The Power of Intentional Friendship with Compeer: Creating Inclusive Communities and Tearing Down the Walls of Stigma, Donald Altemus

  • I Want to Hear the Music--The Healing Power of Music and Dance, Sheilah Hill

  • Spreading the Contagion of Hope to Child Survivors of a Suicide Attempt, Carol Coussons de Reyes, Gabriel

  • The Feldenkrais Method®: A Tool for Recovery? Sharon MacDougall, Alexandra Devlin

  • Trauma Informing the 12 Steps: Empowerment in Substance Misuse and Addiction Recovery, Eryca Kasse