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Over the last several years the Institute for Community Research and Training at the College of Saint Rose has participated in a conference held in the Netherlands that focused on the recovery and reintegration of persons who live with mental health issues. Dubbed the Experts Conference this event highlighted programs and projects from the United States and Western Europe.

This year we are bringing the Experts Conference to the United States. The conference focus has expanded to explore the role of the peer support movement in diverse countries as well as for those who come to the US and Europe as refugees and immigrants. Speakers include those working in mental health, peer support, and/or with refugees and immigrants in Europe, Africa and the United States.

This exciting International exchange of ideas at the EVER Changing World: 4th International Conference that will be held on June 8 and 9, 2016 in Albany, NY on the campus of the College of Saint Rose. The campus is easily accessible by Albany International Airport, Amtrak, buses and by car.

The conference will open on Wednesday, June 8 at 1 PM with speakers and a reception followed by dinner. On Thursday, June 9 the agenda includes breakfast, speakers, lunch and ends at 4:30 PM.

Registration and lodging can be reserved here. A student registration rate is available to participants with a Student ID. For information on Financial Aid, contact mcmullil@strose.edu.

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Conference Information

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

 

12:30 – 1:00pm: Registration

1:00 – 1:30pm: Welcome 

  • Richard T. Pulice, PhD., MPH, CPH, Director of the Institute of Community Research and Training, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York
  • Rokus Loopik, Trainer and Learning Tour Leader, Haarlem, Netherlands

1:30 – 2:15pm: Peer Support in New York City and Ghana

  • Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist, New York State Office of Mental Health New York, NY

2:15 – 2:30pm: Break

2:30 – 3:30pm: Trauma Informed Peer Support

  • Tracy Puglisi, Coordinator of Peer Recovery and Wellness Education, Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Ronkonkoma, NY
  • Steve Miccio, CEO of PEOPLe, Inc., Poughkeepsie, New York

3:30 – 5:00pm: Services Provided to Refugees from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Uganda

  • Byaruhanga James Bisheko, Marketing PR and Resource Mobilization Officer, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Kampala, Uganda

Adapting a United States Model for Women with Depression to Uganda

  • Richard T. Pulice, PhD., MPH, CPH

Advocating for a Global Policy Shift from Relief AID to Development AID

  • JohnPaul Agaba, Founding Director, Refugee Advocacy for Development, Kampala, Uganda

5:00 – 6:00pm: Reception

6:00 – 7:30pm: Dinner

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

 

7:30 – 9:00am: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome

9:15 – 10:15am: Cross Cultural Approach in Mental Health with Refugees and Immigrants

  • Chhabi Lall Timsina Sharma, MBBS, Health Partners Center for International Health, Saint Paul, Minnesota

10:15 – 10:30am: Break

10:30 – 12:00pm: Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture

  • Pam Kefi, Program Director
  • Salaheldin Elhag, Program Coordinator and Care Coordinator from the Sudan
  • Amela Soteli, Care Coordinator from Bosnia
  • Leonce Byimona, Care Coordinator from Rwanda
  • Ali Kadhum, Care Coordinator from Iraq

12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:00pm: European Human Trafficking with a Focus on Spain, Italy and Romania

  • Livia Aninosanu, Programs Director, Center for Partnership and Equality, Bucharest, Romania

2:00 – 2:15pm: Break

2:15 – 3:15pm: Developing Peer Support Programs in Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, and Netherlands

  • Harry Gras, Trainer and Leader of ACT and Outreach Teams, Utrecht, Netherlands

  • Rokus Loopik, Trainer and Learning Tour Leader, Haarlem, Netherlands

3:15 – 4:30pm: The Ever Changing World – Now Let’s Talk Solutions

  • Panel of Experts and Participants Discuss Questions and Themes Raised to Develop an Agenda for Change
  • Richard Pulice, Moderator

Lodging on campus is available for the conference in Centennial Hall located at 930 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12203. Centennial Hall has over 200 beds available in suites with living rooms and full kitchens. Units consist of two and four single-occupancy bedrooms with one to two full baths. You can reserve a room for one to three nights through the same link as your registration. Free parking is available at Centennial Hall.

If you prefer to stay off campus in a hotel, please contact mcmullil@strose.edu for a list of local options near the campus.

Directions and the Campus Map are available here.

Richard T. Pulice, Ph.D., MPH, CPH

Professor of Social Work

Director of the Public Health Program

Director of Institute for Community Research and Training

The College of Saint Rose

 

Steve Miccio

Chief Executive Officer

PEOPLe, Inc.

 

Stephanie Orlando

Executive Director

YOUTH POWER

 

Rokus Loopik

Learning Tours from the Netherlands

 

Tracy Puglisi

Coordinator of Peer Recovery and Wellness Education

Association for Mental Health and Wellness

 

Brianna Valesey

Youth Engagement Consultant

YOUTH POWER

 

Erme Maula

Program Manager, CRIF Self Directed Care

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Institute of Community Research and Training (ICRT)

The goal of ICRT at the College of Saint Rose is to develop research and training capacity that focuses on the social, behavioral and health concerns of the community. ICRT develops and implements research and training projects consistent with the Mission of the College and seeks funding opportunities to accomplish these goals.

 

Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW)

MHAW opened in 2014 with the merger of Clubhouse of Suffolk, Suffolk County United Veterans and the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County. MHAW offers s Information and Referral; Educational Seminars and Trainings; Peer Specialist Training; Support Groups; Anti-stigma Campaign; and Advocacy.

 

Learning Tours

Learning Tours is operated by Rokus Loopik. Since 2004 he has organized 8 day learning experiences for peers, professionals and policymakers who work and receive treatment within mental health programs. Learning Tours has completed 41 study tours with more than 500 people from the Netherlands to the United States visiting diverse cities including New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Kansas City, New Orleans, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Burlington.

 

Mental Health Association of Southern Pennsylvania (MHASP)

Since 1951, MHASP has been a leader regionally, statewide and nationally in transforming mental health services to become more responsive to the priorities of individuals with mental health challenges and their family members. This nonprofit creates opportunities for individuals and family members to effectively respond to the challenges of mental health conditions through advocacy, direct support to individuals, training and education, information and referral, and technical assistance.

 

PEOPLe, Inc.

PEOPLe, Inc.,a peer-run not-for-profit agency, provides recovery-oriented services for people living with mental health issues or trauma. It provide a diverse range of peer services including: Advocacy and Support; Supported Housing; Short-term Crisis Respites/ Hospital Diversion Houses; Recovery Center; Benefits and Employment Counseling; Psychiatric Hospital Advocacy and Bridging; and Care Coordination.

 

YOUTH POWER!

YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults working to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive including in Foster Care, Addiction Treatment, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, and Special Education. YOUTH POWER! ensures the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities.

The goal of the Institute for Community Research and Training (ICRT) is to develop research and training capacity that focuses on the social, behavioral and health concerns of the community. Faculty directed and advised by a committee consisting of representatives of academic departments from the College, the administration and the community, ICRT develops and implements research and training projects that are consistent with the Mission of the College and seeks funding opportunities to accomplish these goals.