TU: Jan 24 Webinar on Peer Specialists Promoting Inclusion in Rural Communities

Free Webinar 

Peer Specialists in Rural Communities:  Promoting Community Inclusion

January 24, 2013 / 2:00 - 3:30 PM



Join us for the second in a series of free webinars discussing the roles of Peer Specialists in today's mental health systems. January's webinar - sponsored by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse - focuses on the role of Peer Specialists in promoting community inclusion in rural America. 


The four-part free webinar series - jointly funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - is designed to provide a national platform for the discussion of roles that peer specialists and peer-run programs can play in offering the supports and services that individuals may need to participate more fully in the day-to-day lives of their communities.


The second webinar, January 24, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, will focus on the special challenges facing peer specialists in rural America. The webinar, to be presented by Richard Baron, Director of Knowledge Translation at the Temple University Collaborative, and will draw on a national study of rural peer specialists completed a little more than a year ago.  It will review the uniqueness of rural America, the innovative approaches used by peer specialists in rural settings, and the challenges they face in promoting community inclusion. Mr. Baron will be joined by a panel of rural peer specialists discussing their experiences in the field.


To register for the seminar, go to:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6286266764325374720

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note the topics of the next three webinars in this series:

March 2013 - Certified Peer Specialists: Supporting Meaningful Employment

May 2013 - Certified Peer Specialists: Connecting to Spiritual Communities


We will notify you of the specific dates and times of these 2013 events in the new year. Please direct any questions you have to Christa Burkett at cburkett@mhasp.org or (267) 507-3811.



The Temple University Collaborative Responds to the Newtown Tragedy

Mark Salzer, Director of the Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, responded to the tragic shootings in Newtown before the holidays with both an interview on National Public Radio and an editorial in local papers.  You can explore Dr. Salzer's response by using the following links:


Interview:  for Philadelphia's NPR affiliate (WHYY) "Advocates have mixed feelings about national attention to mental health care" on December 26, 2012



Commentary: "Blaming people with mental health issues is not 'meaningful action,' published on December 19, 2012