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Recovery Forums


2014

Recovery-Focused Health: Bridging Worlds in Health Care

To promote wellness and recovery from mental health and addictions challenges, MBHP offers annual forums led by people with lived experience of mental health recovery. The 2014 forum, called "Recovery-Focused Health: Bridging Worlds in Health Care," was held with help from The Transformation Center. The forum was held April 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.

Opening remarks were made by staff from MassHealth, the Department of Mental Health and MBHP. Christina Chan and Pata Suyemoto of the "Breaking Silences" project performed parts from their two-woman play, which explored the mental health challenges faced by Asian-American women. Their performance showed some cultural barriers to getting help for mental health concerns. Pata Suyemoto then shared her own story of recovery and provided details about how her struggles with depression and PTSD inspired her work.

The second part of the forum featured a presentation by Dr. Larry Davidson, director of Yale University's Program for Recovery and Community Health and the SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Initiative. Dr. Davidson's presentation was called "Achieving the Potential of Peer Support." It provided a brief history of peer support and explained research into peer engagement, as well as peer support. He spoke of the differences between the traditional view of care by professionals and the current view on self-engagement, or being more involved in your own care. He also shared personal stories both from his time as a clinician and from his experiences as a person in treatment for mental illness.

Over 200 people from across the state attended the forum, which offered CEUs for a variety of human service positions. Over half of those attending filled out forum evaluations, which were overwhelmingly positive. Evaluations showed that most of the people attending were either peers (persons in recovery from mental illness) or providers of services, with a smaller number of administrators or "other." Comments from the evaluations said that the trainers were "excellent," "informative," and "personable." Many commenters also appreciated the performance, feeling it was "moving." Praise was also given to Dr. Davidson for his connection with the audience and his humility.

2013

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) and The Transformation Center (formerly M-POWER, Inc.) have collaborated to offer recovery trainings led by people with lived experience of mental health recovery and skilled in adult education and systems change. In 2013, two regional forums aimed at MBHP network service providers and all members of the recovery community were presented.

The forums were held on April 23, 2013 in Sturbridge at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, and the same program was presented on April 24, 2013 in Dedham at the Dedham Holiday Inn. Both forums ran from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Larry Fricks, deputy director of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, presented on "Whole Health Integration: Bridging a Path to Wellness." Fricks' presentation relied heavily on his personal recovery story and he encouraged the audience to share stories about personal recovery journeys.

Fricks explained that medical providers are more accepting of person-oriented recovery as part of health care. He highlighted the peer curriculum he created, Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency (PSWHR) (branded Whole Health Action Management [WHAM] by SAMHSA), and introduced relaxation techniques to help fight the stress that can make many issues in daily life worse, including mental and physical health diagnoses. He also spoke of his recent testimony to Congress on the need for funding for mental health care. Fricks included information for participants to learn more about PSWHR/WHAM.

There were a total of 321 people registered for the forums - 120 in Sturbridge and 201 in Dedham. Of those who registered, 82 attended the Sturbridge forum and 150 attended the Dedham forum. Participants came from across the state. About one-fourth of the attendees identified themselves as peers, and the remaining three-fourths were divided fairly evenly between "providers" and "administrators," which included state agency staff and MBHP staff.

CEUs were provided on site for rehabilitation counselors, addiction counselors, nurses, and LMFTs and are being mailed to participants who requested social worker, LMHC, and CPRP certificates. There were 110 total CEU requests.

Two-thirds of all participants filled out evaluations, for a total of 143 evaluations. The two forums were rated similarly. Rated the highest at both events were:
  • knowledge and experience of the presenters about the topic, and
  • Ability of presenters to respond to participants.
Other comments described Larry Fricks, the presenter, as a skilled, inspiring, engaging, and knowledgeable presenter on the topic of Whole Health Integration and Wellness.

Based on the suggestions given by forum attendees and observations from MBHP staff, it is recommended that future recovery forums continue to focus on recovery and the peer movement. Some suggested topics include health integration, empowerment, engaging with providers, public health and policy, and trauma. Other comments described Larry Fricks, the presenter, as a skilled, inspiring, engaging, and knowledgeable presenter on the topic of Whole Health Integration and Wellness.

Based on the suggestions given by forum attendees and observations from MBHP staff, it is recommended that future recovery forums continue to focus on recovery and the peer movement. Some suggested topics include health integration, empowerment, engaging with providers, public health and policy, and trauma.

Previous Forums

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