Respect, Success, Value, Purpose (RSVP) Mental Health Recovery Conference

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The objective of the sixth annual "Respect, Success, Value, Purpose (RSVP) Mental Health Recovery Conference" is to promote greater understanding of recovery from mental illness and how our communities can be supportive. The event will feature two keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions, recovery, solid research that supports recovery, and innovative methods to encourage and ensure recovery, and much more.

  • A Pre-Conference Symposium occurs on Sept 24, 2013 (click here).


  • Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County
  • Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties


  • CEUs available. Visit sponsor's website.


8:00 am - 8:45 am | Registration

8:45 am - 9:00 am | Welcome

9:00 am - 9:40 am | 'State of the State'

9:45 am - 10:35 am | Opening Keynote

10:45 am - 12:00 pm | Workshop Session A

1. Finding the Real Person Underneath the Diagnosis - Speaker: Courtenay Harding
2. Making College Dreams a Reality - Speaker: A Panel
3. Working with Circles - Speaker: John Stratton
4. Next Steps in the Recovery Journey - Speakers: Ruta Mazelis, Pat Risser & Trish Risser

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm | Workshop Session B

1. You Don’t Get It/You Can’t Get It - Speaker: Sue Estroff
2. Elevating the Role of Peers in Ohio's Health Care System - Speaker: Jack Cameron & Donna Conley:
3. Living with Vitality (Yoga and Meditation) - Speaker: Kathy Rusiska
4. Voices of Hope: - Speaker: AOD Recovery Panel

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm | Workshop Session C

1.The Relationship between Spirituality and Recovery - Speaker: Lee Wetherbee
2. Using Community Forums to Increase Awareness - Speakers: Louise Fleming & Judy White
3. New Directions in Community Mental Health - Speaker: A Panel
4. Stress Reduction & Management - Speaker: Stephanie Taddeo


Direct questions to the following:

Kelly Daniels
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County
1605 County Road 1095
Ashland, Ohio 44805


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  • Program managers
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  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

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September 25, 2013
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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September 16, 2013 (11:59 PM) EST