Alternatives 2018 Workshop Proposals were accepted through March 21, 2018

Thank you to everyone who applied to present a workshop at Alternatives 2018. The proposals are being reviewed and applicants will be notified by the end of April. The conference will have a wide variety of workshops.

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The Alternatives Conference Committee, which includes diverse leaders with lived experience from across the nation, invites you to become a presenter. First-time presenters are welcome to apply!

We invite you to submit a proposal in one of the topic categories described below for a 45-minute or 90-minute workshop. In addition, please complete the demographic information to ensure that a diverse population and a variety of topics are represented at Alternatives 2018. 

Presentation Categories

•    Diversity, Inclusion and Intersectionality: Diverse, culturally responsive approaches inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, disability, appearance, culture or socioeconomic status; inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged or underrepresented groups; overcoming barriers to inclusive communities or programs; or intersectionality. 

•    Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Substance Use: Integrative approaches through different funding opportunities and program development; peer support for substance use challenges; examples of different models or programs that address the individual holistically.

•    Innovative Perspectives: Perspectives that call for a radical shift in our cultural paradigms to critically discuss and challenge some of the fundamental assumptions and societal institutions often overlooked or taken for granted. Examples may include mad pride, neurodiversity, prison abolition, harm reduction, safely reducing psychiatric medications, drug users’ rights, social models of disability, fat acceptance, or others that may be seen as innovative perspectives.

•    Promising Practices in Peer-Run Programs and Peer-Delivered Services: Specific programs that assist unique populations (i.e., veteran, youth/young adult, Latina/Latino/Latinx, LGBTQ); evidence-based peer practices and outcomes; strategies to promote peer support; peer specialists; and other peer workforce initiatives or strategies. 

•    Leadership Development: Non-profit management; examples of leadership development for staff and management; board of directors development; building and sustaining a 501c3; organizational and leadership sustainability.

•    Healing Through the Arts: Artistic expression through art, music, dance, spoken word or other forms; use of healing approaches related to the arts.

•    Holistic Health, Wellness and Recovery: Health and wellness strategies; holistic nutrition; improving physical health; wellness practices for recovery through mindfulness, meditation, massage, exercise, artistic expression, companion animals, yoga or other holistic approaches.

•    Rights Protection: Social issues that affect the peer community; history of peer, civic or human rights movements; effective advocacy practices; grassroots organizing.

•    Youth/Young Adult: Innovative programs and practices that affect and/or support youth or young adults; promotion and inclusion of young adults in leadership capacities.

•    Using Technology in Support of Recovery: Use of technology (i.e., social media, internet, web design, etc.) to inform, educate and promote recovery and wellness.

•    Multigenerational Learning and Experiences: Multigenerational mental health challenges; learning from cross-generational dialogue and experiences; age-related discrimination or challenges; promotion of family supports in recovery.

•    Economic Health and Recovery: Employment support; housing support; financial literacy; financial self-sufficiency; overcoming poverty and income inequality.