Hogan to be Honored at National Peer Specialist Conference

National Peer Specialist Conference, Sept., 6-8, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA.


Hogan to receive Visionary Leadership Award

Dr. Michael Hogan will receive a special award for Visionary Leadership on Thursday evening, September 6, at the National Peer Specialist Conference in Philadelphia for his work toward mental health care reform as chair of the President's New Freedom Commission, which was started in 2002.

The award commemorates the original vision that has led to countless achievements in bringing recovery values and practices into health care in the 10 years since the President's New Freedom Commission was established. Dr. Hogan will receive the award at the beginning of a forum on peer specialist practice standards at the national conference.


Keynote Presenters:

Joseph Rogers, Executive Director, National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse and Chief Advocacy Officer, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania will give a historical perspective and overview of Peer Support.

Wilma Townsend, Acting Director of Consumer Affairs for SAMHSA, will give an overview of the Recovery to Practice project and what it means to the peer specialist profession. She will also receive a lifetime achievement award as a champion of peer support and the integration of peer support providers in the mental health workforce.

Daniel O’Brien-Mazza, National Director of Peer Support Services will talk about Peer Support in the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.


 24 Interactive Workshops

  8 Previews of the Recovery to Practice curriculum modules for working peer specialists

  2 Evening / Weekend Discussions about Peer Specialist Practice Standards /Certification

For more about the National Peer Specialist Conference and the exciting pre-conference events planned for the entire week, visit the Conference Page on the website: http://na4ps.wordpress.com/naps-annual-conference -- preliminary program is updated daily.



The National Association of Peer Specialists, Inc. (NAPS), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing peer support into the mainstream of mental health care. Our vision is to cultivate a culture of compassion.

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National Peer Specialist Conference

Philadelphia - September 6-8, 2012 


Sheraton Society Hill Hotel - Philadelphia, PA

Hurry, special conference rate ends August 9 - subject to availability 


September 6-8, 2012


Your ideas, your stories of recovery, you curiosity, and your business cards! Many opportunities to network!

6th Annual National Peer Specialist Conference - The Recovery Revolution 

Whether you are a peer specialist seeking more information about best practices, or an organization who wants to know more about this emerging professional discipline, the National Peer Specialist conference is a great place to learn more and network with some of the best and the brightest peer support providers. 


Conference program and FAQs: 

Online registration: 

($225 early bird deadline is August 10, 2012 | $260 after August 10, 2012)

Hotel reservations (separate from conference fee)
A special lodging group discount of $159 (single/double) expires on Aug. 9 or while supplies last.


A trip to the national conference is a great "recognition gift" for the peers in your organization.



Leading experts from across North America will meet in historic Philadelphia to share their knowledge and skills with peer supporters – individuals with mental health conditions who are employed to help their peers work toward recovery – at the Sixth Annual National Peer Specialist Conference organized by the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS). At “The Recovery Revolution” participants will learn the latest innovations and emerging practices, new job opportunities, and national trends in the field. Attendees will also have opportunities to contribute to discussions about national practice standards and national certification of peer specialists.

In addition to 24 interactive workshops, plenary presentations will include “An Overview of the Peer Specialist Movement,”  “The Peer Movement as a Civil Rights Movement,” and “An Overview of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Peer Support Initiative,” where Daniel O’Brien-Mazza, National Director of Peer Support Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, will be a featured speaker. Wilma Townsend, Acting Director of Consumer Affairs at SAMHSA, will also give an overview of the five-year SAMSHA-funded multi-disciplinary Recovery To Practice initiative. 

On Thursday, Sept. 6 - at the start of the evening plenary session, Dr. Michael Hogan is to be recognized for his visionary leadership of the President's New Freedom Commission, which set the stage for system tranformation 10 years ago and continues to influence the next generation of recovery rebels (disruptive innovators).

“This promises to be an inspirational and highly motivational event with opportunities for mental health peer supporters to network and learn from each other regardless of their tasks and work setting,” said Steve Harrington, Executive Director of the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS), which is sponsoring the event. “And Recovery Revolution is a fitting theme as it marks a true turning point in the delivery of mental health services and the conference site is two blocks from the historic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.”

Pre-Conference Institutes planned for September 4-5, 2012

Prior to the conference, three pre-conference institutes will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Sept. 4-5, 2012. One of these institutes, “Wellness Solutions 1.0: Uncensored Innovations,” a two-day event, will feature two presentations by acclaimed journalist Robert Whitaker, author of “Anatomy of an Epidemic” and “Mad in America.” The other pre-conference institutes are a two-day Advanced Peer Specialist Training, which builds upon a two-week online preparation training with in-class practice to achieve an advanced peer specialist certificate. Another institute is a one-day Recovery Peer Leadership workshop, on Sept. 5, 2012, that is designed to enhance the ability of peers to lead with ideas and lived experience, regardless of their position within an organization.

For more information about the Pre-Conference events and the latest updates about the National Conference visit the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) Conference page: http://na4ps.wordpress.com/naps-annual-conference.

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