Walking the Fine Line: Exploring the Perspectives of Behavioral Health Professionals with Lived Experience
May 4, 2016, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Course Location: MHA of Westchester, 580 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Lived experience of recovery from mental health conditions is prevalent among people who work in a variety of roles throughout the mental health system. Regrettably, the presence of stigma leads to an ongoing "us vs. them" mentality and creates fear on multiple levels for workers who may be considering disclosing and/or using their own histories.
This workshop, with particular focus on social work practice, will encourage an open dialogue around the issues of disclosure, roles, and internal stigma, while looking at how providers' disclosures of their own lived experiences may help to break down barriers throughout the mental health system.
Jeremy Reuling, LCSW, Director, Sterling Community Center, MHA of Westchester
Elizabeth Breier, MHAP; Director of Wellness Centers, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey;
Amanda Saake, LMSW, Senior Program Associate, Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.
2 NYS SW CE hours available
The Mental Health Association of Westchester County SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0097.
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, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a 30 hour training, on May 3rd, which prepares volunteers to serve as advocates to children’s cases of abuse and neglect. CASA is assigned by court order and is responsible to monitor the child’s health, mental health, education and permanency planning. Learn more about our CASA program
. Host Visitation
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