17 Health and Wellness Offerings, Free Healing Sessions Featured at NYAPRS Conference!

NYAPRS Note: Health, wellness and healing are integral aspects to an individual’s recovery. This fall’s NYAPRS Annual Conference will offer 17 plenary and workshop presentations on Health, Healing and recovery – in addition to our largest ever Health, Healing and Arts Fair that will feature free acupuncture, shiatsu, t’ai chi, yoga, massage, art and reiki sessions.

There’re only 5 weeks until NYAPRS’ information and inspiration packed Annual Conference will be held this September 10-12 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY!

Registrations are flowing and, once again, priority room arrangements at the Hudson Valley and the nearby Honors Haven will be available on a first come basis.


The NYAPRS conference is only 5 weeks away so please register today at


NYAPRS 31st Annual Conference:
Keeping the Focus on Recovery and Rights

September 10-12, 2013

Hudson Valley Resort and Conference Center, Kerhonson, NY




Tuesday, September 10

Round 1 ~ 1:15PM – 2:30PM


Wellness Workforce Coalition: Uniting Peer Services across Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Communities

Julie Brisson, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Montpelier, VT

Karen Lorentzon, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Rutland, VT


Trauma and Recovery Skills

Mike Dorr, NYAPRS, Phelps, NY

Emily Grossman, MA, NYAPRS, Montclair, NJ

Tuesday, September 10

Round 2 ~ 2:45PM – 4:00PM


Dignity and Recovery Now! Lived Expertise at the Front Lines

as Innovation for Community Health, Wellness and Social Change

Eduardo Vega, MHA of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


Wednesday, September 11

Round 3 ~ 9:00AM – 10:15AM

Emotional CPR (eCPR)

Lauren Spiro, MA, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, Washington, DC


Wellness Self-Management Plus Program: Empowering People with Co-Occuring

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders to Define Their Goals and Recovery

Forest Foster, MSW, Nancy Covell, PhD, Paul Margolies, PhD, Luis Lopez, MS, HSBCP

Center for Practice Innovations, Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research,

New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY



10:15AM – 11:00AM

Larry Fricks, Deputy Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions, Cleveland, GA



Wednesday, September 11

Round 4 ~ 11:15AM – 12:30PM

The Power of Yoga

Dagny Alexander, Voorheesville, NY


Wednesday, September 11

Round 5 ~ 2:30PM – 3:45PM


Healing Stigma Through Trauma Informed Approaches

Patricia Blum, Janet Vlavianos, Lynn Gurkp, CPRP Crestwood Behavioral Health, Sacramento, CA


Care and Maintenance of Your Brain
Sara Goodman, Baltic Street AEH, Inc., Brooklyn, NY


Wednesday, September 11

Round 6 Plenary ~ 4:00PM – 5:00PM


Rhythms for Wellness, Recovery & Connection: Community Experiencing the Power of the Drum

Chrys Ballerano, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Albany, NY


Thursday, September 12

Round 7 ~ 9:00AM – 10:15AM

The Silence of Suicide

Michael Skinner, Surviving Spirit, Goffstown, NH


The “Peace Work: Liberating our Hopes and Dreams” Curriculum

Colleen Sheehan, CPRP, NYAPRS, Woodstock, NY

Noelle Pollet, Heart Circle Consulting, West Camp, NY


Leisure and Recreation to Support Social and Emotional Wellness

Gretchen Snethen, Gena Bell Vargas, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Dylan’s Law: Service Dogs Can be Critical to Well-Being

Patricia Feinberg, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, New York, NY

Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access, New York, NY

Thursday, September 12

Round 8 ~ 11:30AM – 12:45PM


How Breath Can Change Your Life! Experiencing the Self-Healing Art of Pranayama           

Europa Baker-Brathwaite, Empowerment Exchange, Troy, NY


More Than Just Staying Alive: Wellness Interventions in Clubhouses

Laura Kitterle, Rebecca English, Venture House, Jamaica, NY


Integrating Yoga and Expressive Arts into Community and Mental Health Programming

Allie Middleton, JD, LCSW, RYT, Integrative Leadership Practices, Albany, NY


--- Health, Healing & Arts Fair ---

Shiatsu with Dagny Alexander

T’ai Chi & Qigong with Byron Abrams

Reiki with Hudson Valley Community Reiki

Ronda’s Art Table with Ronda Jeffer

Acupuncture with Dr. Victor Tulchinsky

Massage with Phil Schulman


Register Today!