Friday Sessions

There are many aspects of lifestyle that impact one’s wellness. As we kick off the DBSA I to We Weekend we focus on some of the things that impact one’s wellness the most: mind body connection, intimacy, and the power of positive psychology. Join us to from hear experts on these subjects and keynotes Dese'Rae Stage and Mariel Hemingway.

Saturday Sessions

The mental health field is always evolving and growing, just like we all are as individuals. There are so many pieces to wellness. On Saturday, the sessions will explore the impact of nutrition and inflammation, sleep and relaxation, and substance use on wellness. The afternoon start with an opportunity to  to connect with your peers for further discussion about the self-directed wellness strategies presented during the confeerence and conclude with a celebration of 30 years of DBSA, where we join together to honor our past, hear from keynote Andrew Solomon, and celebrate our future.

Sunday DBSA Leadership Forum

This full day of educational programming will expand upon DBSA's annual Chapter Leadership Forum, focusing on leaders providing community support. The DBSA Leadership Forum will have five tracks offering advanced learning opportunities for chapters, peer specialists, peer advocates, young adults, and parent leaders. Keynotes Barry Bradford and Larry Fricks will inspire and educate. The day will also celebrate the amazing accomplishments of these community support leaders over the past 30 years.

Post Weekend Events

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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