The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County is excited to announce the 12th annual Pat Risser RSVP (Respect, Success, Value, Purpose) Conference on Wednesday, March 31, virtually over Zoom. This conference is offered at no cost and includes 3.5 units of continuing education for Ohio Counselors and Social Workers.
The RSVP conference promotes recovery by individuals facing trauma, mental health challenges, and/or alcohol/drug abuse and addictions; educates mental health professionals about trauma-informed and recovery-oriented mental health care; and explores ways that communities can be supportive and trauma-informed.
This year's conference keynote speaker, James B. Gottstein, Esq., will be presenting on Advocacy, Alternatives and Rights.
The backdrop for this talk is psychiatric drugs dramatically worsen outcomes while there are proven alternatives that can help many people get through the problems that led to their psychiatric diagnosis without the harm. Jim has developed a framework he reluctantly calls the Transformation Triangle for how to think about achieving system change. Changing public attitudes, having effective other choices, and strategic litigation reinforce each other synergistically in a way that can achieve a humane and helpful mental health system. For the strategic litigation part, Jim will describe people's constitutional rights regarding psychiatric imprisonment and forced psychiatric drugging and discuss how critical it is to honor people's legal rights. Finally, Jim will discuss the importance and difficulty of keeping the work and vision of Pat Risser going.
By the end of the talk, attendees should have working knowledge of the following: