Presenter: Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu, Executive Director of Project LETS, Providence, R.I.
Peer support must be grounded in a critical social justice, anti-racist, abolitionist, and Disability Justice lens that centers healing and care work. In this breakout workshop, we’ll explore building peer support collectives outside of the system (in our communities, workplaces, and educational settings) and work to imagine new support structures that align with our values and ethics. We’ll reflect on how these collectives can support de-carceral emotional care and mutuality among marginalized folks— and interrogate how the mental health industrial complex (MHIC) can never give us all of the tools to heal in the ways we deserve. We’ll ask ourselves: how do we build community-based alternatives and response networks that prioritize multiply marginalized Disabled/mad/mentally ill/neurodivergent folks and keep our community members out of carceral institutions? This will be an interactive skill-building and visionary space, led by folks with lived experience of neurodivergence and psychiatric incarceration.
- Participants will be able to define ableism.
- Participants will be able to explain at least three principles of Disability Justice.
- Participants will be able to identify at least three strategies for community/collective care models grounded in Disability Justice and the Mad Pride Movement.
Presenter Biography: Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu (they/she) is a Disability Justice cultural worker, educator, organizer, parent, somatic and ancestral healing practitioner, consultant, writer, and the Executive Director of Project LETS — a national grassroots organization led by and for folks with lived experience of mental illness, madness, disability, and neurodivergence. Their work specializes in building peer support collectives and community mental health care structures outside of the state. Stefanie comes to their work from the positionality of being white, Latinx, Jewish, mad, autistic, disabled, and a survivor of psychiatric incarceration. They have extensive experience as a facilitator, curriculum developer, and consultant for mental health policies, program development, and access-centered practices. Stefanie is invested in disrupting multiple carceral systems which disproportionately harm and kill our community members worldwide.
Presenter: Jason Chapman, CPS and Program Coordinator, JusticePoint
The BDSM and ethically non-monogamous community is still highly stigmatized and many individuals within this community choose not to seek mental health assistance because their identity is viewed as a condition to be treated - similar to how the LGBTQ+ community has been treated. This presentation will dispel some myths about the BDSM and ENM communities and talk about ways to find common ground with individuals who identify this way.
Participants will have the opportunity to debunk common myths about the BDSM and ENM community and have some of their questions answered.
Participants will learn about common terms and ideas that are foundational to the BDSM and ENM community.
Participants will discuss ways to navigate difficult, sensitive, and uncomfortable conversations with their peers.
Presenter Biography: Jason Chapman is a program coordinator for cognitive behavioral programming, trauma informed programming, and peer support for JusticePoint's Milwaukee Court programs. He has facilitated several thousand hours of cognitive behavioral programming and is a trainer for several programs. He lives with bipolar disorder.
Presenters: Laura Saunders, MSSW, Program Coordinator, Great Lakes ATTC and MHTTC, Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, Madison, Wis. and Kris Kelly, Project Manager, Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, CHESS/Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, Madison, Wis.
In this highly interactive workshop, we'll explore the concepts of change talk and sustain talk. Hearing and responding to change talk and sustain talk is key to the intentional use of the evidence based practice of Motivational Interviewing. Encouraging change talk in others translates to increased likelihood that the person will change.
- Participants will recognize person change talk versus sustain talk.
- Participants will discuss strategies for eliciting change and minimizing sustain talk in people.
- Participants will select a few strategies to add to your helping tools to encourage change talk in people.
Presenters Biography: Laura A. Saunders, MSSW is with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Engineering and an independent consultant. Since 2001, Laura has designed, facilitated, and delivered MI training and coaching in person, online, and via distance learning in the fields of health care, human services, public health, and criminal justice. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of learners who are interested in using evidence based practices to fidelity. Laura has also conducted train the trainer events. She joined the International group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 and is an active Member of Wisconsin Motivational interviewing group.
Kris Kelly is the Project Manager Peer Recovery Center of Excellence for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers and subject matter expert on Peer-Based Recovery Support Services. She's worked with state and local government organizations, recovery community organizations, recovery high schools, treatment courts, withdrawal management/detoxification centers, and clinical treatment facilities developing best practices for integrating recovery supports into systems and services. As a former ED and Director of Programs of a Minnesota-based Recovery Community Organization, Kris was a leader in the peer support movement in Minnesota. Kris has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from supervision in peer-based recovery support services, integrating peer support services into behavioral health organizations, and recovery-oriented systems of care. As a woman in long-term recovery, she was drawn to integrative wellness, exploring recovery through mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. She finds deep alignment between a person-centered approach to recovery and her personal values.
Presenter: Denise Johnson, Wisconsin Statewide Project Coordinator SUD/MH Services for People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing, Independence First
This presentation will help participants to understand the Deaf Culture, Language Deprivation, and communication needs of people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing. The participants will also learn some of the unique substance use and mental health recovery barriers this population faces.
- Participants will increase their knowledge on best practices when working with people who are who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.
- Participants will have a deeper understanding of the complex communication involved when working with people who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.
- Participants will learn about resources available to support peers who are who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.
Presenter Biography: Denise Johnson, BSW, is a Deaf professional working in collaboration with the eight Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in Wisconsin. The project is funded by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Denise has dedicated her career to advocating for and with persons with disabilities who live with a substance use and mental health illness concerns, especially those who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-Blind. Denise has more than 23 years of experience working in the field. She serves on the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) Diversity Sub-Committee, is the Vice President of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), and Chair of IndependenceFirst’s group-Deaf Access Consumer Advocacy Team. Denise is one of the co-founding members and currently Board President of Deaf Unity in Wisconsin.