Alternatives 2019 July 8-9 at Catholic University in DC: Submit Workshop Proposal Today

Alternatives 2019 July 8-9 at Catholic University in DC: Submit Workshop Proposal Today

The Alternatives conference is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, organized and hosted for more than three decades by peers for peers (people with lived experience of the behavioral health system, emotional distress/crisis, trauma, substance use, and/or addiction). The Alternatives conference is renowned for offering the latest and best information in the peer recovery movement, and provides an invaluable opportunity for peers to network with and learn from one another. This conference is funded entirely through registration fees and donations.


 Alternatives 2019 will include a two-day pre-conference, July 8 and 9, with advocacy training on Monday and a “Hill Day” on Tuesday, when peer advocates will meet, by appointment, with the staff of their U.S. senators and congressional representatives. Now more than ever, it is important for us to participate in the national debate.


The Alternatives 2019 will officially open with dinner and keynote presentations on Tuesday evening, July 9, followed by workshops and caucuses on Wednesday and Thursday. You may submit a workshop workshop proposals here: Submit Workshop Proposal Page


Newer college dorm rooms with single beds and private or shared bathrooms will be available for an affordable price, and three buffet-style meals a day will be provided in the dining hall. All meeting rooms are ADA-accessible; some accessible dorm rooms can be reserved.


There is a newly renovated Metro stop on campus; parking is also available. There are many hotels a few Metro stops away for those who wish to stay off campus.


The theme this year is Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices. Each year we come to the Alternatives Conference, standing together as a community, bringing a variety of lived experience and ways of maintaining wellness; celebrating the skill, talent and wisdom we each contribute toward making a vibrant learning community; and learn to access the power in raising our collective voice to influence policy, programming, and support.  Together WE are Alternatives 2019!


Alternatives 2019 is a great opportunity to learn new skills and share your passion for recovery, advocacy, the arts, multicultural and diversity awareness, youth involvement, and more! Come, find and raise your voice, share your expertise, meet old friends and make new ones!



Workshops will be presented on Wednesday and Thursday. Proposals to present workshops are due March 15, 2019. More information on the Submit Workshop Proposal Page.


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