DBSA e-Update January 2011

Quick Links to Articles Below

Get “Connected” in Houston, Texas!
February 21st Deadline for March Peer Specialist Training in Chicago
Copeland Center Announces World WRAP Conference
Wellness Tips from Peers

Get “Connected” in Houston, Texas!

Did you make a resolution this year to take better care of yourself? Make new friends? Learn something new? Do something fun? Then this year’s DBSA conference is for YOU! Join us May 20-22 at the DBSA 2011 National Conference: Peer Connections at the Westin Galleria Houston. Connect with your peers while enjoying empowering keynote presentations and inspiring educational workshops. Rejuvenate and bond at relaxation sessions, peer roundtables and support groups. And don’t forget to kick back and share some laughs at our annual stand-up comedy night!

The Westin Galleria is located within the impressive Galleria shopping and entertainment complex. With its stunning architecture, exceptional store mix and distinctive style of entertainment, The Galleria has established itself as the #1 tourist destination in Houston!

DBSA 2011 National Conference: Peer Connections

Friday, May 20 - Chapter Leadership Forum, Pre-Conference Institutes, Meet and Greet
Saturday, May 21 Conference (all day), Comedy Night
Sunday, May 22 Conference (half day)
Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 - Post-Conference Institute (8:30am-4:00pm)
Get connected at www.DBSAlliance.org/Conference2011

Conference NEWS:

Conference registration is now open!
DBSA Support Group participants receive our best discount. Register before March 30, 2011 and receive the special Early Bird rate!

Register for Chapter Leadership Forum!
Registration is FREE for up to five participants per chapter. Additional participants and those not affiliated with a DBSA chapter may register for $50. Click here for more information.

Book your room at the Westin Galleria!
Call (713) 960-8100 or (888) 627-8514. Be sure to indicate that you are attending the DBSA National Conference.
You may also book your room online!

Special Rates for DBSA Conference Attendees:
$109/night (single or double occupancy)
$129/night (triple occupancy)
$149/night (quadruple occupancy)

See more information.

Scholarship Applications are now being accepted!
The Center for Mental Health Services will be offering a limited number of scholarships for consumers interested in attending DBSA's 2011 Chapter Leadership Forum and National Conference. Learn how to apply.

Reminder! If you're interested in our comedy student program, apply before February 14, 2011.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

February 21st Deadline for March Peer Specialist Training in Chicago

Are you are a person living with a mental illness who wants to use your experiences to assist your peers in moving forward to recovery? If so, working as a Peer Specialist may be the next step for you. This workforce is growing nationwide with expanding employment and volunteer opportunities. DBSA’s nationally-recognized Peer Specialist training and certification orients participants to a recovery philosophy, and prepares them to use peer-delivered services to enhance treatment strategies. Our curriculum meets competency standards established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services.

The spring 2011 DBSA Peer Specialist Training course will be held March 21-25 in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s how to apply:

Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells St., Chicago

Registration Fee
$975 per person includes training materials, beverage breaks, and post-training certification testing.

Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be selected. All applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than February 28, 2011.


Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceCopeland Center Announces World WRAP Conference

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery will sponsor the first-ever international gathering of WRAP© facilitators, innovative WRAP programs, and other key recovery transformation leaders at the WRAP Around the World Conference, August 1-3, 2011 in Philadelphia. Conference organizers seek to gather people from across the U.S. and around the world that are learning, facilitating, and practicing WRAP, in order to disseminate new developments, transfer new and innovative skills, and network WRAP mentors across the world and leverage their potential. Early registration rates apply through February 27, 2011.

Visit this site for more information on the conference, along with information on submitting a workshop proposal: http://copelandcenter.com.

Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceWellness Tips from Peers

In the Facing Us Clubhouse, consumers who have found small ways to make a big difference in their recovery can share wellness tips like those listed here. Visit the Clubhouse to be inspired by your peers…and to pass on some of your own inspiration.

A clean and organized home environment helps you to create a clean and organized emotional environment. This will ease the impact of stressful situations.

Music is an Antidote
I always have three songs planned for the week one to pick me up, one to bring me down and one when I am feeling OK (to remind me to be thankful for the things in my life). When I feel myself wobble, one of the songs go on. This has really helped me move to on during difficult times. Give it a try!

Let in the Light!
Keep your shades up and curtains drawn every day. That way, even if you don’t actually make it outside, the sun will still shine in on you.

A Note about FacingUs.org
When you visit the Facing Us Clubhouse, you'll notice that several "rooms," including the room that houses wellness tips, require you to log in or create an account. Why is this necessary? Because in these sections, you are creating personal journals, books or a plan that is uniquely yours. So, we need a way to pull your unique information--like pulling your file out of a filing cabinet.

Joining the Facing Us Clubhouse is easy and FREE! We only need two things to create an account just for you—your e-mail and a password. Please be assured that we will not distribute or sell your information to anyone outside of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The media room and creativity center on the site does not require registration. The only reason we require registration for other parts of the site is so that you can create your own personal wellness tools.