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Pat Risser RSVP Conference

Join the MHRB team, mental health professionals in our region, and other community leaders for the annual Pat Risser RSVP Conference! Each year, guests hear from keynote and plenary speakers on a wide range of contemporary mental health issues, engaging in dialogue together and connecting around contemporary issues in mental health.

RSVP Conference Details

Held annually on the last Wednesday in March at the Ashland University Convocation Center, the RSVP Conference brings together mental health professionals, counselors, partners for substance use recovery, community leaders, and local volunteers. The full day’s sessions are eligible for CEU credit. This coming year, those individuals who cannot be in person will have the option to register to attend the conference in a hybrid format.

What Will You Experience?

  • Presentations by regionally and nationally recognized leaders in mental health
  • Multiple breakout sessions on various topics
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch
  • Opportunities to socialize and network with other mental health professionals

Past Conference Resources

If you were unable to make it to our conference or want to refresh your memory on what was discussed, some of the resources that were shared are available below.

2024 Resources:

Morning Session:

Katherine Jackson, Ph.D.,ATR-BC,RYT, Pathways Peer Support, and Buckeye Art Therapy Association

  1. Keynote Presentation-RECORDING & POWERPOINT:

2 Blue Garden Mandala

3 Check-in worksheet

4 STIGMA worksheet

5 Writing-my-story

6 Face-template worksheet

Afternoon Session:

Veteran Affairs, Kristina Kapp, Kathyn Remer, Rebekah Smith, MT, BC and Candice Ressler, LPCC, ATR:   (Presentation Recording and materials below)


1 Beyond The Doctor’s Office The VA’s Whole Health approach to care and the Community Connection

2 Peer Mental Health Advance Directives

3 Self Advocacy Defined

4 Human Centered Advance Directive

5 Creating Safe Spaces Through Art and Music Therapy

6 Medication Script- B Smith

2023 Resources:

“This event was absolutely amazing! It validated so many of my thoughts and feelings about psych medications. I have always felt that speaking out against the medications would be pointless because no one would listen, but now that I know I am not alone, I may be more inclined to express caution to others” -2023 Conference Attendee

“Excellent speakers who were timely and made the audience think!” -2023 Conference Attendee

RSVP Conference

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