Conference Workshops

APRIL 22 & 23

Joining us for the conference will give you the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars. This is a list of organizations and people who will be presenting at the annual conference. This is only a list for basic information purposes. More, detailed information will be shared the closer we get to the conference.

Conference Schedule
Friday, April 22, 2016

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lobby Entrance

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 am – 10:30 am




Welcome by: Brain Sala, Deputy Director Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and County Behavioral Health Directors Associations
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Fisher

  • Getting What You Need at Work: Peers in the Workplace
    Employment can be a key factor in our recovery but maintaining wellness can be more challenging with the pressures and stress that work can bring. Through this interactive and FUN workshop, participants will better understand their own wellness needs in the workplace, identify support, and practice skills to address challenges proactively.
    ACNMHC: Shawna Sanchagrin, Katrina Killian, Jamie Works-Wright, Kim Marquez (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Eagle-Berrvessa Room)
  • Mutli Ethnic Pool of Consumers Champions Uniting and Empowering Consumers to Transform the Mental Health System
    Alameda County’s Pool of Consumer Champions has over 1000 ethnically and culturally diverse members who have ‘lived experience’ in our behavioral health care system. POCC is creating a pipeline for employment. We will model how POCC increases personal wellness, educates people in self-advocacy and builds their skills for the workforce
    POCC: Mary Hogden, Khatera Aslami (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tahoe Room)
  • Peer Support Solutions Online
    In this workshop, facilitators will demonstrate the benefits of online web conference-based peer support groups by presenting outcomes achieved, how the groups work and how agencies can implement this service. This technology allows peers throughout the state, country and world to unite, communicate and support one another.
    Project Return – Malia Fontecchio, Vincent Caimano  (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Zinfandel Room)
  • Healing Through Music Therapy & Journal Writing
    This workshop explores ways that creative outlets support individuals with mental health experiences. They reduce depression, stress, anxiety and even lower blood pressure. Hear, learn and practice how sharing our consumer narratives through music, journaling and art therapy can improve well-being so you can create your own art programs. We will demonstrate how developing culturally relevant and significant mental health interventions via arts-related activities reduces internalized stigma and improves mental health outcomes for underserved populations. This is in the hopes that participants at the conference can learn from, emulate and replicate our system of support in their own communities and support their own underserved populations with culturally significant support groups and education modules.
    PEERS – Kozi Arrington, Lyndsey Ellis (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Folsome Room)

12:30 – 1:45
Atrium Room

  • Language Matters: Changing the Way We Think about Mental Health Challenges by Changing the Way We Speak
    The language we use to talk about mental health has a profound effect on the way we are perceived and treated. When the hierarchical language of the traditional medical model is left unchanged, it can be used as a tool of oppression and discrimination. However, when we make the shift to language that supports recovery, we see dramatic changes in the way we relate to one another and the way we view our recovery journeys. Join us for an interactive discussion on how we can work together to change the language we use to talk about mental health. We’ll discuss using recovery-focused language, sparking dynamic conversations that honors each individual’s lived experience, and ensuring our listeners receive the messages we intend to send.
    MHASF – Julian Plumadore, Stephen Marks (2:oo p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Folsome Room)
  • Lived Experience: Career Ladders
    Career ladders encourage growth and longevity in Peer Delivered Services. This presentation details the process of developing a career ladder specific for Peer Support Specialists in County Mental Health. Participants will identify the steps in creating a career ladder for peer support job classifications and gain an understanding of the value of peer support supervisors within a county mental health system. Participants will also gain knowledge of Peer Support Specialists working in nontraditional roles within a county mental health system.
    Riverside Consumer Relation Dept. – Shannon, McCleerey Hooper, Angi Abbott (2:oo p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tahoe Room)
  • Hashtag for Healing: A Guide to Wellness Through Social Media
    One woman’s journey of healing that spurred an innovative approach to wellness and advocacy.
    ACoJB – Jo Bruno & CAMHPRO – Rachel Harris (2:oo p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Zinfandel Room)
  • Bills on the Move: California 2016 Legislation Important to  Mental Health Consumers
    Overview and status report on current policy impacting consumers in California.
    CAMHPRO – Heidi Strunk, Sally Zinman (2:oo p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Shasta A-B Room)
  • Implementing Recovery through a  Collaboration of emotional CPR and Open Dialogue
    Dan Fisher (2:oo p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eagle-Berrvessa Room)

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • The HOPE Project:  Pioneering Peer Led Suicide Prevention Support Groups
    HOPE (Honoring our Perseverance and Empowerment), a peer led support group for people dealing with suicidal intensity and attempts, is currently demonstrating effectiveness in the reduction of key factors leading to suicides. Presenters key to the development and implementation of HOPE will provide an overview.
    MHASF – Stephen Marks, Eduardo Vega (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Eagle-Berrvessa Room)
  • How to Build Peer Self Advocacy Programs on  Campus to Teach Self Advocacy Skills, Share Resources and Promote Peer support among College Students with Mental Health Disabilities
    This presentation demonstrates how to develop student-led self-advocacy programs to fill gaps in college campus mental health services. Teaching self advocacy knowledge and skills, we help students with mental health challenges from peer self-advocacy groups to share experiences, resources and peer support to maintain their mental health and achieve their goals.
    DRC – Robyn Gantsweg, Barbara Acosta (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Tahoe Room)
  • Training Peer Professionals: A Nuts and Bolts Perspective
    Drawing on the experiences of the Peer Professional Training and Placement Program offered through Project Return Peer Support Network in Los Angeles, this workshop focuses on lessons learned, barriers encountered and strategies for successful preparation and placement of persons with lived experience in mental health service delivery systems.
    Project Return  – Richard O. Krzyzanowski, Jason Garcia (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Folsome Room)
  • WRAP for Tobacco Harm Reduction
    Tobacco use causes early death, strokes, cancer, and damages social relationships. Consumers tend to use more tobacco than other populations. During this workshop, participants will gain awareness of the critical dangers of tobacco, and engage in honest discussion to build a WRAP plan to help find healthy and safe tools to quit smoking. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is an Evidences Based Practice and a structured system that helps individuals develop strategies or action plans to deal more productively with distressing and troubling feelings or behaviors. We are unifying two different wellness strategies to help consumers maintain their wellness and or recovery goals.
    PEERS – Heather Riemer, Briana Williams (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Zinfandel Room)
  • Peer Certification: What is Happening with SB 614
    A real-time update on the status on the most important bill affecting Peer Specialist Certification in California.
    CAMHPRO – Karin Lettau (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Shasta A-B Room)

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Sally Zinman, Executive Director, CAMHPRO
CAMHPRO Awards for Local Advocacy
Howie T. Harp Award for Statewide Advocacy

Dessert Reception
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

8:15 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hospitality Suite
Hosted by: Consumers Self Help Center

Peer Support
Quiet Time

5:00 pm – 9:00 Thursday, April 21
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday, April 22

Saturday, April 23, 2016

8:00 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 12:00 pm



9:00 am – 10:00 am
Morning Greeting; Toby Ewing, Executive Director, MHSOAC
Plenary Speaker: Eduardo Vega, CAMHPRO President

10:00 am – 11:00 am
What is Important to You – Membership Town Hall Meeting

11:00 am – 12:00pm
CAMHPRO Board Elections

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