Pat Risser RSVP Conference - Ashland County MHRB

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March 31, 2021 | 12:30-4:30 PM

12th Annual Pat Risser RSVP Conference (Virtual)

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.


Pat Risser RSVP Conference

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. 

james gottstein, mental health, legal, advocate

James B. Gottstein, Esq.

President/CEO Psychiatric Rights

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Keynote Speaker 

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:

  1. The negative impact of the ubiquitous use of psychiatric drugs and coercion at both an individual and societal level,
  2. The viability of alternative approaches in helping people get through the problems that led to their psychiatric diagnosis, and
  3. The legal grounds for psychiatric imprisonment (involuntary commitment) and forced drugging.
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