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National Wellness Week 2012 Town Hall Kick-off

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behavioral health challenges by getting involved in National Wellness Week as a part of SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month in September.

In 2011, more than 100 organizations in 36 States including behavioral health and primary care providers, peer-run, faith-based, and other community organizations participated in National Wellness Week.

Second Annual National Wellness Week
September 17‒23, 2012

Let’s make 2012 even bigger. Join well-known peers and persons in recovery, as well as peer leaders, as they share personal experiences of incorporating the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their recovery. They will also describe ways to celebrate and promote the second annual National Wellness Week!

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions for National Wellness Week and ask the presenters questions.

Learning Objectives:

During this teleconference, participants will:

  • Learn how to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their recovery, work, and lives;
  • Gain information about getting involved in National Wellness Week; and
  • Discover how the target audiences can work together to achieve the goals of SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative—to promote wellness, improve quality of life, and increase longevity for people with mental and substance use disorders.

JOIN US … Be the Change We Are Creating!

Target Audience:

  • Peers and persons in recovery, current and past recipients of mental health and substance abuse services, family members, and mental health and substance abuse organizations;
  • Peer-run organizations;
  • Community- and faith-based organizations that support people who have mental and substance use disorders;
  • Staff of State and county mental health departments;
  • Mental health providers;
  • Substance abuse providers;
  • Primary care providers; and
  • Anyone interested in helping to promote wellness, improve the quality of life, and increase life expectancy for people with mental and substance use disorders.

Speaker Biographies:

Wilma Townsend, M.S.W., is the Acting Associate Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs’ CMHS at SAMHSA. Wilma is a nationally recognized consumer leader in the recovery movement. She also works on issues of cultural competence, helping many organizations make changes to minimize disparities in access to care and enhance the quality of care that people of color receive. She was previously the president of WLT Consulting, a consulting firm that specialized in mental health recovery, consumer involvement, and cultural competence, and was a founding member of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence in Ohio.

Stanice Anderson is an addictions recovery expert, speaker, blogger, and author of nonfiction books. Stanice shares her inspiring story that includes overcoming addiction (27 years), low self-esteem, and abusive relationships, as well as her journey forward with faith and confidence to realize her dreams. Recently, she became a blogger on The Huffington Post. She writes about recovery and faith for the Religion Section, in her signature storytelling style and strong yet vulnerable voice that transports readers to an emotional place where tears, laughter, and hope collide. Stanice is National Wellness Week 2012’s honorary chairperson. She will be releasing a new poem about wellness and recovery as part of the Art Expression for Wellness national event on September 19.

Cathy Cave is a founding partner of Unlimited Mindfulness Consulting and senior project associate at Advocates for Human Potential. She is a seasoned trainer actively involved as a consultant and provider of content expertise in organizational change, leadership, strength-based service approaches, ending homelessness, consumer-provider alliance building, empowerment, trauma-informed care, countering racism and oppression, community collaboration, and cultural and linguistic competence. She is a member of SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative’s Steering Committee and co-chair of its Culture and Inclusion Subcommittee. She brings a perspective shaped by survivor, family, parent, and program administration experiences.

Nancy Gottlieb, M.A., M.F.T., M.A.C., currently serves as workforce education and training manager at the County of Santa Barbara, and is responsible for designing and implementing training for Consumer and Family peer providers. She plans and implements Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement. Nancy currently serves as project director for a SAMHSA-funded program, Sober Women Healthy Families (SWHF), a perinatal residential treatment facility serving pregnant and parenting women with a trauma-informed service that provides services for persons with co-occurring disorders. Nancy is licensed in California and Nevada as a Marriage Family Therapist and is a licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor and NAADAC Master Addiction Counselor.

Cardum Harmon, M.A., serves as the Campaign Manager for Alameda County’s 10x10 Campaign, a wellness movement that takes a holistic approach to increasing longevity for persons with mental and substance use disorders by 10 years in 10 years. In her role as campaign manager, Cardum supports Alameda County in promoting services, activities, and policies incorporating the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. As a person with lived experience, an artist, and a mother of an energetic 6-year-old, Cardum strongly believes in supporting the whole person and promoting choices and options for recovery.

Kelly Wesp, Ph.D., is the director of Ohio’s Wellness Management & Recovery Coordinating Center of Excellence (WMR CCOE). In this capacity, Kelly works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to collaborate with local, State, and Federal entities to implement and disseminate the WMR Program. She has worked in behavioral health care as a clinician, manager, and administrator for 20 years, serving adults, youth, and families. For her personal wellness, Kelly enjoys running, cheering for her children at their sporting events, and taking long walks with her husband and family dog, Charlie.

Matthew Federici, M.S., C.P.R.P., is an Advance Level Mental Health Recovery Educator and WRAP Facilitator through the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. Matthew’s personal and professional journey in wellness and recovery includes facilitating group therapy sessions, resource management for people entering independent housing, supervising community rehabilitation residents, and implementing a supported employment and education program. In addition, he has been a member of family and consumer advocacy groups for several years. He has also been involved in promoting Psychiatric Advance Directives though local, State, and national consumer and provider conferences and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.

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