Pat Risser RSVP Conference - Ashland County MHRB

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March 31, 2020 | 8am to 4:45pm

12th Annual Pat Risser RSVP Conference

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 Tuesday, March 31, at Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. The all-day conference offers continuing education credits for qualifying participants. 


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 The Importance of Alternatives to Psychiatric Drugs, Electroshock & Coercion.

Psychiatric drugs dramatically worsen people's lives and lifespans while there are proven alternatives that can help many people get through the problems that led to their psychiatric diagnosis. In this talk, Jim will go through the evidence regarding the counterproductive nature of psychiatric drugs and coercion, the harm they cause, and alternative approaches that have been shown to be helpful without the harm. Jim will also talk about how critical it is to have and maintain the institutional mission and public support to keep such alternatives going when the visionary founder is no longer involved.


Whether you’re a mental health and addiction professional, a lawyer specializing in addiction and mental health cases and policy, or an advocate for those in recovery, you’ll find the practical tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need in these informative and interactive sessions:

  • State of the State: A Trauma-Informed Ohio - Kim Kehl, M.Ed.
  • Recovery Houses–A Critical Step to Recovery - Traci Kiliany
  • An Inclusive and Individualized Response for Victims of Crime with Disabilities- The Adult
    Advocacy Center Model – Katherine Yoder
  • Is Anyone Listening? Healthcare – Trish Risser, Stacy Roberts, Jim Mooney
  • A Strategic Approach for a Humane, Helpful Mental Health System - James B. Gottstein, Esq.
  • How STRONG Is It? Breaking Down the DeWine Bill - Jordan Ballinger
  • A Creative Writing for Recovery Initiative, Grounded in Peer Support – Diana Spore
  • How Resilience Trumped ACEs – Mike Riley
  • Rhythm for Wellness - Drum Circle – Angel Foss

The concluding drum circle is an inspiring and powerful experience you will remember for years to come.

Breakout Session Details




Conference Admission & Lunch
6.25 CEUs


Conference Admission & Lunch



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