I to We Weekend Agenda

Over the course of the DBSA I to We Weekend at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, there will be hope, help, education, connection, and inspiration through moving keynote speeches, thought provoking discussions, fun entertainment, support groups, advanced training opportunities, and special events.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

6:00 PM–7:00 PM

Weekend Meet & Greet!
Featured Activity: Bowling

Join us at the Eaglewood Resorts private bowling ally, Keglers to connect with other conference weekend attendees, presenters, and DBSA staff. The event is free with registration and includes non-alcoholic beverages and bowling!

Friday, September 25, 2015

9:30 AM–10:30 AM

Attendee Orientation
An overview of the weekend educational agenda and special events. 

12:30 PM–12:45 PM

Conference Open and Welcome
Presenters: Cheryl Magrini and Allen Doederlein

Join us as we kick off this wellness weekend of education, connection, and inspiration!

12:45 PM–1:15 PM

General Session: Mind Body Connection
Presenter: Nathalie Edmond, Psy.D, RYT-200

Learn more about viewing our health as holistic, and the impact of including the physical, mental, and spiritual in one’s wellness from presenter Nathalie Edmond, PsyD.

1:15 PM–2:00 PM

General Session: Positive Psychology
Presenter: Timothy J. Bono, PhD

  Gain perspective on this branch of psychology that supports individuals in achieving wellness and satisfaction in life from presenter Tim Bono, PhD.

2:00 PM–2:45 PM

General Session: Intimacy
Presenter: Holly Swartz, PhD

Intimacy can mean many different things, including friendships, romantic relationships, touch, and physical interactions. Intimacy can be a sensitive subject, and some find barriers in finding support in this aspect of wellness. Explore this topic further with psychologist Holly Swartz, PhD.

2:45 PM–3:00 PM


3:00 PM–3:45 PM

Keynote by Dese'Rae Stage
Photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate, Dese'Rae L. Stage, will share how her experiences with bipolar disorder, self-injury, and a suicide attempt led to her founding LiveThroughThis.org, an online collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. 

3:45 PM–4:45 PM

Keynote by Mariel Hemingway
Actress, author, and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway will share her personal story of growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America’s most famous families: the Hemingways.

4:50 PM–6:00 PM

Book Signing with Mariel Hemingway

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Support Groups
Peers meet to give mutual support.

8:00 PM–10:00 PM

Peer Showcase: Creative Voices
Presenters: Shannon Curtis, David Granirer, Jennifer Marshall

Join your peers for an evening of fun and entertainment as three creatives share how they've found their voice through music, comedy, and storytelling. Performers include singer-songwriter Shannon Curtis, comedian David Granirer, and storyteller Jennifer Marshall. .

Saturday, September 26, 2015

7:45 AM–8:15 AM

Rise & Refresh: Morning Water Aerobics
Jump into the beautiful Eaglewood pool for some energizing water aerobics to start the second day of the conference off with a splash!

9:00 AM–9:15 AM

General Session: Welcome
Presenter: Allen Doederlein

An introduction to this day of education, inspiration, and celebration.

9:15 AM–10:00 AM

General Session: Sleep & Relaxation
Presenter: LaGenia Bailey, PharmD, BCPP, RYT-500

Sleep and relaxation are a restorative aspect of wellness for all. Learn the science behind it, and tips to improve it from presenter LaGenia Bailey.

10:00 AM–10:45 AM

General Session: Nutrition & Inflammation
Presenter: Andrew Nierenberg, MD

Eating, food choices, and mood are all connected, and these can impact every aspect of our holistic selves. Learn the latest in the science of food, inflammation, and wellness..

10:45 AM–11:00 AM


11:00 AM–12:00 PM

General Session: Substance Use Panel Discussion
Moderator: Allen Doederlein

Panelists: William Gilmer, MD, Cara Hurley, PhD, John Tamerin, MD
Substance use is a subject that can hold/produce diverse, sometimes controversial, opinions and perspectives. Hear some of those perspectives and get answers to your questions from experts in the fields of mental health and substance use.

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Attendee Lunch
Lunch is included with registration.

1:15 PM–2:00PM

Roundtable Discussions about General Sessions
All morning we will be learning about important and interesting topics. Continue the conversation on the topic that interests you most by joining your peers for some roundtable discussions. Share opinions, learn from one another, and gain new perspectives!

2:15 PM–2:45 PM

General Session: DBSA: Honoring our Past 30 Years
Presenter: Allen Doederlein
Award Introduction: Cheryl Magrini

Join the celebration highlighting the amazing work the peers of the DBSA community have achieved over the past 30 years. DBSA Legacy of Hope Awards will be presented to two of the founders of the national organization Rose Kurland, and Jan Fawcett, MD. 

2:45 PM–3:00 PM


3:00 PM–4:00 PM

Keynote by Andrew Solomon
Pulitzer Prize nominated author, philanthropist, and mental health and civil rights advocate, Andrew Solomon will share his personal experience with, and thoughts on, living with depression as documented in his seminal book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.

4:00 PM–4:45 PM

General Session: DBSA: Creating a Path for the Next 30 Years & Celebration
Presenter: Allen Doederlein
Award Introduction: Dave Mizenko

Continue the celebration and share inspiration as we focus on possibilities of the future in the mental health and DBSA communities. DBSA Life Unlimited Award will also be presented to Carolyn Burke. Hear more about our goals for the future and join us for a toast to celebrate all that has been and is yet to come!

6:30 PM–7:30 PM

Support Groups
Peers meet to give mutual support.

8:00 PM–10:00 PM

30th Anniversary Reception
Concert by: SonicSoul

Join friends—both old and new—for an evening of merriment and music performed by one of Chicago's premier blues bands, SonicSoul! With a gracious array of refreshments and music 30th Anniversary Reception is sure to be a memorable celebration of 30 years of peer support!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

7:45 AM–8:15 AM

Rise & Renew: Morning Yoga
Center yourself with some relaxing movement before an in-depth day of training at the Leadership Forum.

9:00 AM–9:45 AM

Leadership Forum Welcome and Keynote by Larry Fricks
One of the nation’s foremost leaders in peer-led services, wellness, and recovery, Larry Fricks will share his compelling recovery story and life’s work to support the recovery of others.

10:00 AM–12:00 PM: Morning Education Tracks

Chapter Leaders and Support Group Participants: Laying the Groundwork of Chapter Basics
Presenters: Nancy Bollinger, Angie Day, and Paula Goedert, JD

What does your community’s chapter need to succeed? Whether you dream of wildly successful fundraising campaigns, boosted recognition in your community, or attracting more participants and volunteers, having a sound organizational structure and consistent messaging are essential to achieving your chapter’s goals. Come to this session to learn how to strengthen your chapter’s backbone, get answers to the most frequently asked questions about liability, and learn concrete tips to establish and sustain a fundraising program.

Peer Specialists: "Tell Me Your Story”—Why and How?
Presenters: Jean Dukarski and Lisa Goodale, MSW, LSW
Telling your story is integral to the work of peer specialists, but what does that really mean? Do you feel confident in talking about your recovery journey, what to tell, and what you might choose to keep private? This workshop session will explore techniques for crafting and using your story in diverse settings. (Note: This is a more intensive and expanded version of the Telling Your Story session used in DBSA peer specialist training courses.) 

Grassroots Advocates: Mental Health Parity—Know Your Rights
Presenters: Bret Bohlin and Eric Scharf

Health care reform has increased access to mental health services for millions of Americans. But far too many people are not aware of their new rights. This workshop will review reforms in both private/commercial insurance plans and government health care programs and provide you with information on how to determine if your rights to care have been denied, as well as how to fight a benefit denial.

Young Adult Leaders: Finding Balance
Presenter: Linea Johnson

Moving out on your own, first jobs, connecting with significant others, becoming a parent – people experience many changes between the ages of 18-29. For those living with a mood disorder, this time of life can be particularly difficult. This workshop will focus on helping you find balance in all aspects of your life.

Parent Leaders: Building Resiliency in the Family
Presenter: Cheryl Magrini, MSEd, MTS, PhD
One of the greatest things we can teach our children is how to learn from and bounce back from difficult situations—to help them build resilience. But this skill is not only for children. All of us are born with natural resiliency, but we can begin to feel beat down by life and often will need support to help build upon and sustain our resiliency. Gaining insight from her personal experiences as well as the weekly support groups she facilitates, Rev. Cheryl Magrini, will help us better understand the importance of this ability to "bounce back" and offer many tips for helping to build resiliency in not just your child, but in all family members. 

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Attendee Lunch
Lunch is included in registration.

1:00 PM–3:00 PM Afternoon Education Tracks 

Chapter Leaders and Support Group Participants: Building on Our Successes
Presenters: Phoebe Carleton, Angie Day, and Megan Kashner
In this session, we will build upon the foundation that we established in the morning session and explore what is possible for your chapter. First, you will discover tips for grant writing, followed by learning how you can leverage your affiliation with DBSA to emotionally connect with and motivate people in your community to support your mission. We’ll end by celebrating the thousands of lives that have been touched through DBSA chapters and support groups over the past 30 years!

Peer Specialists: Ethics in the Real World
Presenters: Jean Dukarski and Lisa Goodale, MSW, LSW
We’re trained, we’re ready, and then … our values and good intentions collide with the real world of peer support services. Come to this session to take a look at the difference between ethics and boundaries, consider how core recovery values inform everyday peer specialist practice, and tackle case studies with your fellow peers, defining not just what to do, but how to do it.

Grassroots Advocates: Grassroots Organizing—The Foundation for Raising our Collective Voice
Presenters: Naoki Nakamura and Carol Rickard
When mobilized, DBSA participants can be a powerful voice in affecting positive change. Whether it’s eradicating stigma, having a voice in the development of the next generation of medications, or educating elected officials on public health policies, your voice matters. Leaders of the newly formed state-wide DBSA grassroots organizations (GOs) will share the successes of their state GO and inspire you to learn how to start a DBSA state-wide GO in your state.

Young Adult Leaders: Recovery and Relapse
Presenter: Hakeem Rahim

For many, the idea of becoming unwell after a period of wellness is a fear that is very hard to overcome. Yet mood disorders are cyclical in nature and the likelihood of "relapse" is very high. Join mental health, depression & suicide awareness speaker & trainer, Hakeem Rahim, as he shares his experiences around relapse as a young adult and how we can all work to be better prepared, move past the fear and sometimes even prevent it! 

Parent Leaders: Crisis Happens—Be Prepared
Presenter: Susan Ling
One of the most disruptive events that can happen to a family is when a child experiences a crisis.  Being aware of the things that trigger us and our children and other family members, identifying ways to deal with these triggers and making sure we have a plan in place to help us stay healthy on a day-to-day basis can help avoid, or at least lessen, the effect of a family crisis. Susan Ling, a Family Consumer Specialist with the Illinois Department of Public Health, will walk us through the important pieces of creating a crisis management plan as well as having a backup for that plan! 

3:15 PM–4:00 PM

Closing Session & Keynote by Barry Bradford
Come back together as a large group of community leaders for a fun and inspiring closing to our day! I Love PBJ is an acronym for the five building blocks of personal happiness and success: Integrity, Love, Persistence, Balance and Joy. Drawing on personal experience, with fascinating, funny and thought-provoking anecdotes, Barry Bradford shows a practical five step approach to creating positive change through recognizing and enhancing our best personal qualities.

Barry will help us all learn how to utilize the knowledge, experience, personal motivation and power that we already have, to help us become even greater agents for creating positive change in our world.

Post-Weekend Peer Specialist CE Training

Monday, September 28, through Thursday October 1, 2015

Recovery to Practice Training for Peer Specialists
Are you a peer support specialist? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge by sharing your experience and connecting with other peer specialists? If so, then this continuing education opportunity is right for you!

Next Steps is a highly-interactive continuing education course for peer specialists developed under the SAMHSA-supported Recovery to Practice initiative. Based on a cooperative learning model in which facilitators guide a process (rather than teach) and participants actively contribute (rather than passively listen), the course features group exploration and relevant practice in peer support values, workplace relationships, dual recovery, culture competence, trauma-informed services, and more.

  • 32 hours of continuing education
  • Please note: In order to be accepted for participation, registrants must have completed core peer specialist training and certification in their home states or through VA nationally-designated peer specialist courses.

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