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NARPA 2001 Schedule of Workshops & Presentations*

Celebrating the Life and Passion of Rae Unzicker:
Fighting for Rights, Choice, and Social Justice for All People

November 1-4, 2001, Holiday Inn Select, Niagara Falls, NY

November 1, Thursday

2:30 - 5:00 PM  Board meeting

3:30 - 7:00  Registration

7:00 - 7:15  Welcome, Ron Bassman, Ph.D., NARPA President

7:15 - 8:30  Keynote Presentation: International Human Rights:Opportunities for Action - Eric Rosenthal, Mental Disability Rights International, Washington, D.C.   Introduction: Laura Prescott, NARPA Board, Sarasota, Florida

8:30  - 10:00 PM  Reception (Buffet Dinner)


November 2, Friday

7:00 - 8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00  A Celebration of the Life of Rae Unzicker - Moderators: Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center, Laura Prescott, Sister Witness International

Refreshment Break 10:00 - 10:30

Workshops 1  -  10:30 - 12:00
1. Competence: What Does it Mean and Why is it Important? - Bob Fleischner, J.D., Center for Public Representation
2. From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves - Marca Bristo, Chair, National Council on Disability,.and Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center, NARPA Board
3. Why the Psychiatric Survivor Movement Ought to Care About Fair Housing Protections: Rights and Legal Strategies - Michael Allen, J.D., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and David Popiel, J.D., Community Health Law Project
4. Biopsychiatric Ideology as an Impediment to Recovery - Loren Mosher, M.D.,Soteria Associates, and Laurie Ahern, National Empowerment Center
5. The New York Shock War: Report from the Front Lines - Dennis B. Feld, J.D., and Kim L. Darrow, J.D., of Mental Hygiene Legal Services
6. Advocacy 101 - Yvette Sangster, Advocacy Unlimited

12:00- 1:30  Luncheon Keynote Presentation: In Our Own Voice: African American Stories of Oppression, Survival, and Recovery in Mental Health Systems
Vanessa Jackson
, Healing Circles, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.  Introduction: Celia Brown, NARPA Board, Bronx, New York

Workshops 2  -  1:30 - 3:00 PM
1. Restraint: New Rules, New Advocacy Opportunities - Bob Fleischner, J.D., Center for Public Representation
2. Involuntary Outpatient Commitment in New York After 2 Years -  Kim Darrow,  J.D., and Aileen McNamara, J.D., NY Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Ellen Lawson,  J.D., Neighborhood Legal Services
3. Exorcising the Demons of Normality Creatively - Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler, folksingers
4. Peer Support and a Socio-Political View of Trauma and Abuse - Shery Mead, M.S.W., Shery Mead Consulting, and Lorae Boisvert, Granite State Monarchs
5. The Challenge of Implementing a PACE (Recovery) Philosopy in the Public Mental Health System - Laurie Ahern and Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Empowerment Center
6. The PAIMI Project, Year One - Susan Aranoff, J.D., Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Laura Ziegler, Bill Stewart, and Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center

Refreshment Break  3:00 - 3:30

Workshops 3  -  3:30 - 5:00
1. Mental Health Courts - Michael Allen, J.D., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and Peter Nimkoff, J.D., Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities
2. Dancing With Power: The Art of Leadership in Social Change - Vanessa Jackson, Healing Circles, Inc.
3. Subversive Spirituality: Why Mad Pride Yanks at the Historic Roots of Psychiatry - Phil Schulman, NARPA Board, and David Oaks, Support Coalition International
4. Voluntary Should Mean Voluntary: Why Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (Assisted Community Treatment) is Inconsistent with the Olmstead Decision
Kathie Zatkin, M.S.W., J.D., Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients
5. The Pretextual Nature of Psychiatric Evaluation - William Brooks, J.D., Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College
6. Documenting the History of Our Movement: Oral Histories and Archives Moderator: Darby Penney, M.L.S., Historical Projects, New York State Office of Mental Health; Presenters: Oryx Cohen, Support Coalition International Oral History Project, Steven Periard, Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Oral History Project
Terry Strecker, Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Oral History Project

7:30-9:30 PM  -  Friday Evening Oral History Open Forum


November 3 Saturday

7:00 - 8:30  Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00  Keynote Presentation: Two Perspectives on Activism.  Introduction: Laurie Ahern, NARPA Board, Lawrence, Massachusetts
    Lisa F. Daniels, Reading, Massachusetts
    Katherine Hodges, Mad Lib, Chicago, Illinois

Refreshment Break 10:00 - 10:30

Workshops 4  -  10:30 - Noon
1. Successful Durable Power of Attorney Litigation against Vermont State Hospital: A Case Example of Real Enforcement - Xenia Williams, DPOA agent, and Beth Danon, J.D., Vermont Protection & Advocacy
2. The Mutual Recovery Paradigm: A Means of Personal and Societal Transformation Cheryl Stevens, M.D., Director, Office of Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Relations, Department of Mental Health - Western Masachusetts
3. Pursuing an Activist Agenda at a Mental Health Agency: An Assessment Ken Schlosser, MSW, Advocates, Framingham, Massachusetts
4. International Perspectives on Human Rights - Eric Rosenthal, J.D., Mental Disability Rights International, Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center, and Panelists from Russia, Kosovo, and Hungary
5. The Human Rights Authority (Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission) Bruce Berry and Susan White, R.N., M.S.N., of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
6. Legal Update - Susan Stefan, J.D., Center for Public Representation

12:00 - 1:30  Luncheon Keynote Presentation: A European Perspective on Human Rights - Gabor Gombos, Voice of Soul, Budapest, Hungary.  Introduction: Judi Chamberlin, NARPA Secretary, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Workshops 5  -  1:30 - 3:00 PM
1. Minimizing Symptoms from Neuroleptic Damage - Larry Plumlee, M.D., National Coalition for the Chemically Injured, and Sonja Kjaer, Tardive Dyskinesia/ Tardive Dystonia National Association
2. What About the Women? Questionable Protections - Laura Prescott, Sister Witness International, and Laurie Ahern, NARPA Board
3. Discrimination or Stigma: Which Should We Be Fighting? - Judi Chamberlin, NARPA Board, National Empowerment Center
4. The Qualified Immunity Defense in Section 1983 Litigation - William Brooks, J.D., Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College
5. Emergency Rooms - Susan Stefan, J.D., Center for Public Representation, and Peter Stastny, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Refreshment Break  3:00 - 3:30

3:30 - 4:30  Membership Meeting

4:30 - 6:30 - Board meeting

7:30-9:30 PM  Legal Advocacy: An Open Dialogue about Serious Limitations and Need for Bolder Approaches
Co-Facilitators:  Peter Stastny, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Tom Behrendt, J.D., Connecticut Legal Rights Project


November 4 Sunday

7:00 - 8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast

Workshops 6  -  8:30 - 10:00 AM
1. Perspectives from African-American Women Survivors: Using Advocacy to Fight Stigma & Discrimination for Ourselves - Jacki McKinney, National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network, and Celia Brown, Director of Peer Specialist Services, NARPA Board Member
2. Advance Directives - Peter Stastny, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Michaela Amering, M.D.
3. Legislative and Grassroots Advocacy - Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
4. The ALMA Project: Empowering Mothers during Pregnancy, Birth and After - Sue Jarboe, Peer Networking Group, Doulas of North America
5. Four Innovative Projects on Advocacy & Empowerment in Québec, Canada - Céline Cyr, AGIDD-SMQ
6. Update on Implementation of Olmstead Around the USA - Ira Burnim, J.D., Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Refreshment Break - 10:0 0-10:30

Workshops 7  -  10:30 - 12:00 noon
1. Let's Argue: A Value Exchange - George Ebert, Mental Patients Liberation Alliance
2. Solitary Confinement: How to Escape - Legally - Emmett Dwyer, J.D., Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
3. Evolution of a Drop-In Center: Overcoming the Obstacles - Ellen Lawson, J.D., and Karen Welch, J.D., Neighborhood Legal Services, Jack Guastaferro, Resoration Society, Inc.
4. The ADA Under Attack: Life After University of Alabama v. Garrett - Ira Burnim, J.D., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

12:00 - 1:30  Board meeting


* Workshops subject to change.

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