2014 National Conference

 Peer Support:  Changing Times, Changing Professions

Was on October 13 and 14, 2014
Atlanta, GA

Celebrating 10 years anniversary golden label with ribbon, vecto

We had a great conference to celebrate our 10th anniversary!! 

(A Limited Number of Presentation Slides Currently Available)

Presentation Slides (Keynotes and Plenary Sessions)

Workshop presentation slides, in order of appearance on the program) will be added and appear “live”–bold and underlined–as they are submitted by the presenters.

  • Larry Fricks—Peer Support Pioneer—Where We Are, Where We Can Go
  • Self-Disclosure Panel: Andy Bernstein, Denise Camp, and Gayle Bluebird – Moderated by Larry Davidson
  • Peer Support and the First Nations, Culture and Recovery — Michael Runningwolf, Spencer Tinder
  • Grow into Recovery-Bryan Rich
  • Exploring Pioneer Roles-Jo Bower
  • Steve Ford—Personal Experiences with Life Challenges
  • Stepping Beyond Illness—Steve Nawotniak
  • Intentional Peer Support—Steve Morgan
  • Peer Supports in 12-Step: Separating Personal Recovery from Work—Nicole Plonte & Shannon McCleerey-Hooper
  • Day 2 Keynote—Mark Ragins, M.D., Psychiatrist, The Village of Los Angeles—Recovery Advocacy Then and Now
  • How Do You Know Your Group is Effective?—Patricia McDermott
  • Collaboration: A Recovery Practice—Shannon McCleerey-Hooper
  • Self-Disclosure for Everyone: Coming Out Proud Program (COPp)—Patrick Corrigan
  • Beyond Compassion Fatigue—Ted Thomas
  • Puppy Love: A Drug of Choice—Carrie Roach
  • Arts and Peer Support-Gayle Bluebird, Susan Meekhof, Franzwa Watson
  • The Art of Engagement—Adrienne Robinson, Kenneth Lewis
  • Learning with Laughter—Max Rowland, Jr.

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Last updated on October 13, 2014




Our Sponsors




Recovery Opportunity Center (Recovery Innovations)
Three separate workshops


Sunday, October 12 (8:30 am – 12:00 noon):
Recovery Coaching; The Gateway to a Recovery Conversation

Sunday, October 12 (1:15 pm – 4:45 pm):
Recognizing the Emerging Leader in YOU

Wednesday, October 15 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm):
Peer Specialists! Advanced Skills for the Next Level


Recovery Opportunity Center, 2701 N 16th Str., Ste 316,
Phoenix, AZ  85006

PJ Simonson           pj.simonson@recoveryopportunity.com      (602) 636-4563

Jen  Anderson        jen.anderson@recoveryopportunity.com    (602) 636-3086

Toll free (866) 481-5362

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance



1/2 Day Institute
Wed. October 15 (9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon)
We DO talk about that: Diagnosis, Treatments, and the Role of Peer Support


Wednesday, October 15 – Saturday, October 18 (4 day training)
Next Steps – Collaborative Learning for Working Peer Specialists
(Prerequisite: one year of paid or volunteer work as a peer support provider.)

Sunday, October 19
Facilitator Orientation (optional)
must register for and complete Next Steps (4 day) training above.
Extra fee applies

To learn more, send email to training@dbsalliance.org
or call toll-free: (800) 826-3632