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Last Updated: 1/30/2014

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Joining Together for Wellness & Recovery

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Join consumer/survivor/peer leaders, advocates, and people in recovery as they share personal experiences about incorporating the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their recovery, work, and lives. These dimensions include: physical, emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, and environmental. Learn ways to celebrate and help to promote these Dimensions during the first National Wellness Week held from September 19 to 25, 2011.

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions for National Wellness Week, as well as ask the presenters questions. This Webinar is free and open to everyone.

Target Audiences

  • Consumers/survivors and peers who have experienced trauma, or have mental or substance use disorders
  • Families
  • Peer-run or recovery organizations
  • Staff of State and county mental health departments
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations that provide support to individuals and families in recovery
  • Behavioral health providers and primary care providers
  • Anyone interested in helping to promote wellness, improve the quality of life and increase life expectancy for people with mental and substance use disorders

Learning Objectives

During this Webinar, participants will learn about:

  • How to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their recovery, work and lives;
  • How to join the wellness movement and get involved during National Wellness Week; and
  • How we will work together to achieve the goals of the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign—to promote wellness, improve quality of life, and increase life expectancy by 10 years in 10 years for people with mental and substance use disorders.


Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D., founder of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, is well-known in the international mental health recovery movement. She has authored many self-help resources including WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan, WRAP Plus, The Depression Workbook: A Guide to Living with Depression and Manic Depression, WRAP and Peer Support (with Shery Mead) and the popular facilitator training curriculum, Mental Health Recovery and WRAP.

She also worked with SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services to develop the popular booklet series Self-Help Guides to Recovering Your Mental Health and Taking Action: A Mental Health Recovery Curriculum. These resources are based on her ongoing study of the short- and long-term recovery strategies and skills of people who experience mental health difficulties, and how these people have gotten well, stayed well and worked toward achieving their own goals and dreams.

Mary Ellen also serves on the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign Steering Committee.

Larry Fricks currently serves as the director of the Appalachian Consulting Group and deputy director of the SAMHSA/HSRA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. For 13 years Larry was Georgia’s director of the Office of Consumer Relations and Recovery in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases. He co-founded the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, which now has approximately 4,000 members, and founded Georgia’s Peer Specialist Training and Certification program. He also served on the planning board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health and currently serves on the advisory board for the Carter Center Mental Health Journalism Fellowships.

Larry’s recovery story and life’s work to support the recovery of others was published by HarperCollins in the New York Time’s best-selling book Strong at the Broken Places by Richard M. Cohen and was featured on the “Today Show” in 2008.

Angélica García has been working with Project Return Peer Support Network in Los Angeles for 4 years. As a senior program manager, she oversees El Centrito de Apoyo, a Spanish-language peer-run center; the Warm Line, an after-hours support line for consumers; and PRPSN’s Community Integration Program. Angélica serves as an alternate to the System Leadership Team (SLT) for the Department of Mental Health of Los Angeles County. As a member of CORE (Community Organized for Resource Enhancement), she aims to introduce mental health services into the seven cities in California with the largest concentration of Spanish-speaking communities.

Angélica is passionate about reducing stigma and strengthening families and communities that are affected by mental illness. On a national level, she works with Tenemos Voz, a new national Hispanic consumer advocacy organization. She trained as a certified WRAP facilitator through the Mary Ellen Copeland Center and a certified Procovery Facilitator through Procovery Institute.

Joe Powell, LCDC, CAS, is the executive director for the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction. He specializes in all aspects of behavioral health, recovery community support services, systems of care, and the holistic recovery management process.

Joe is in long-term recovery with 21 years free of alcohol and other drugs. He has treated and served individuals seeking or in recovery from addictions and co-occurring mental illness and substance use problems for 20 years as a licensed chemical dependency counselor in Dallas, TX.

Joe also serves on the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign Steering Committee.

Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., OTR, CPRP, directs the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives at Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey. Peggy is also a part-time assistant faculty member of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions.

Peggy is a consultant to the 10x10 Wellness Campaign and is the author of numerous publications, research articles, and other resources about wellness.  Peggy has been actively involved in promoting the wellness model for mental health and substance use recovery for decades and across the country.

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