A Gathering on Mental Health
Friday - Saturday, May 12-13, 2017
The Gathering on Mental Health is a two-day program to heighten awareness of the Mental Health Continuum and steps needed to manage one's mental health, encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip faith-based site leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness.
People living with mental health challenges, their families and friends, community members, church and agency leaders, mental health workers, and members of nonprofit groups are invited for this community discussion. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We will be releasing information for churches to use to heighten awareness.
The Program includes:
Friday, May 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Trauma-Informed Care: Empowering. Engaging. Effective.
Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Trauma refers to extreme stress that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can be a single event, a series of events, or a chronic condition such as childhood neglect or domestic violence.
Scott Webb is a trauma survivor himself who has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years. His career has included clinical, administrative and consultative work. Prior to his working at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, he worked for a national employee assistance firm managing a national book of business providing as part of his duties, onsite trauma response services across the United States. Scott is currently the Employee Assistance Director for the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He holds a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Since 2014, Scott has provided training and technical assistance on trauma-informed care principles to more than 5,400 clinicians statewide. His insights on trauma-informed care have been featured in articles published by Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Isthmus. He also has presented at numerous conferences and acted as keynote speaker for the UW-Madison School of Social Work and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin Conference.
Friday, May 12 - Saturday, May 13
Honest, Open, Proud -- A Decision Making Process for Disclosure
Have a story to tell? Not sure what to say, to whom, and when? Thinking about sharing with someone for the first time or becoming an advocate for mental health?
Honest, Open, Proud: To Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness is a decision making process for small group discussion or personal use. It helps you to look at the story you have been telling yourself, discern helpful and hurtful self-attitudes, explore the costs and benefits of disclosing in different settings to different people, and learn strategies for disclosing with relative safety. Lastly, it guides you to draft your own story into a format that discloses not only the pain of mental health challenges but also the internal and external resources and strengths you discovered and use to live your life in the way you choose.
Ultimately each of us is empowered to make our own decisions about if, when, to whom, and for what purpose we might disclose our story. Trained members of WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination), a statewide coalition working to reduce stigma, will lead small group sessions of HOP.
Space limited to 12 adults per session group. If we have sufficient interest, we will run two groups. The session starts on Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. and finishes on Saturday, May 13 with lunch at noon. Overnight lodging is available for those who wish to rent a room.
• Conference Brochure
• Conference Registration Form