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CANCELLED! Virtual ACT 201 for CPSS - Recovery Focused & Empowered Language

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Start Date Thursday, August 18, 2022
Event Times
to Virtual Platform - 12:45 PM
Education: 1:00-4:30 PM 
Event Details

This training was cancelled. Please contact Amber Miller at amiller@cmham.org for more information.

ACT 201 for Certified Peer Support Specialists - Recovery-Focused & Empowered Language

Language is powerful, the words we use are indicators of how we feel, can be used as a defense, can hurt, or can empower. Historically, language used when talking about those living with mental health concerns, and possibly ourselves, has been derogatory, discriminatory, and stigmatizing. The stigma inducing power of derogatory language can negatively impact individuals and organizations. Let’s flip the script!

This interactive course will examine the impact of discriminatory language and the benefits of strengths-based language. Using breakout rooms and scenarios we’ll discuss the difference between dialogue and debate. Together we’ll discover ways of creating and being more recovery oriented, and trauma informed using empowering language.




At the end of this training MI ACT CPSS/Parapros will be able to: 

  1. Identify the effects of discriminatory language and the difference between dialogue and debate.
  2. Create an environment that encourages strength based and empowering language.
  3. Learn the value of shifting the focus from illness /deficit-based language towards Recovery and Wellness.
Who Should Attend
‘ACT for Peers’ is intended only for CPSS who work on ACT teams through Michigan CMHSPs or provider networks. It may also be an appropriate choice for paraprofessional staff who work on an ACT team. To make an informed choice, it is recommended that parapros read the workshop descriptions for both ACT CPSS trainings and ACT 201 Case Manager/Advocate trainings and match the training content to current work responsibilities. Registration requires identification of ACT Team and agency affiliation. All participants should have completed ACT 101.
Jean Olshefsky, CPS, CARES serves as the Director of Recovery & Advocacy for Beacon Health Options, The Georgia Collaborative ASO. Jean is passionate about her own recovery and encourages others to live their best life. Jean received her peer certification in Michigan and worked on a case management team supporting up to 60 peers. 
Karen Daniel, a native of Evanston, Il, is a CARES CPS-AD and a recent retiree from the GA Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) where she served as CARES Liaison for five years and helped build a statewide peer certified addiction network. Karen and her team travelled throughout metro and rural Georgia carrying the message of recovery to peers as they built a workforce of over seven hundred peers. Upon her retirement, GCSA created an annual award in her name: The Karen Daniel Peer Award of the Year. Karen partners with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) as a facilitator for workshops including Trauma-Informed Care. In honor of her service to all Georgia peers, she was awarded the GMHCN Peer Award at their Summer Conference in 2018. Karen spearheaded a symposium in her area that resulted in creating a Recovery Community Organization where she served as a peer specialist. Prior to her involvement with recovery organizations, she was a classroom teacher and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2009. She retired from the classroom in 2011 and begin a long-awaited journey in the field of recovery. She formed and operated a small business where she helped find housing for peers that were serviced by ACT from 2011-2013. As a result of this experience, she has become an advocate for the marginalized and continues to work hard to bring much deserved resources to her peers. Karen is committed to supporting her peers and helping them navigate the many challenges and barriers society places in their path. Her motto is “To whom much is given, much is required.”
CEUs Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHA is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHA maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in this training may receive a maximum of 3.5 Related Contact Hours. Some "Related" workshops may meet MCBAP/IC&RC educational requirements for focused topics in addiction certification domains, such as for Peer Recovery or Supervisor credentials. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the conference program brochure containing the workshop description. Qualifies as 'in-person education". 
Certificate Awarded: After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training (see Virtual Participation Guidelines above), completed the quiz/poll and evaluation, your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training. 
National Accreditation Rules: National Accreditation rules indicate that if you are over five (5) minutes late or depart early, you forfeit your continuing education hours for the entire training. Please note that this is a National rule that CMHA must enforce or we could lose our provider status to provide continuing education hours in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Virtual Participation Guidelines: You are expected to actively participate in the virtual training. See below for additional information about virtual training recommendations and requirements. 

- After registering with CMHA, you will receive a confirmation email.
- Payment must be received 5 business days prior to the training.
- One week prior to the training, we will send you an email which will include a link to register for the training in Zoom. You will only be sent this link if you have paid for the training. 
- The Zoom confirmation email will include the link to access the training for the dates scheduled. 
- It is recommended that you save virtual training links in your calendar for easy access on each day of the training.
- You must watch the virtual training LIVE to receive credit for the training.
- Each person must have their own laptop/computer/tablet – you cannot share a device.
- Video camera must be on at all times and showing the individual. Telephone only option is not acceptable.
- We do not allow for training participants to be in their automobile/driving during trainings due to Michigan Distracted Driving Laws. Here is a link that has more information on Distracted Driving. 
- Lack of response to multiple chats directly from moderators may impact your ability to receive continuing education credits. 
- It is recommended that attendees log into the virtual waiting room at least 15 minutes before the training begins.
- Registration reports will indicate arrival and departure times from the platform (note for continuing education you must be logged into the virtual training within 5 minutes of the start of the training).
- Polls and/or quizzes will be randomly given with a limited time for attendees to respond. This is required for continuing education.  
- Internet: A strong internet connection is highly recommended. If your internet service is not able to stream videos, it will likely not be strong enough to support a virtual training. You will want a minimum upload speed of 5mbps. If technology may be an issue for you, please contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 to discuss options further. 
- Each training takes place in the time zone of its location and all agenda times reflect that. 
- After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training, completed the quiz/polls and evaluation (done via Google forms), your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.
Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor via Google forms. This will be set to you via email on the final day of the training. If you have any issues with the way in which this training was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 or through our webpage at www.cmham.org for resolution.
Refund Policy Refunds will be processed within 60 days of the event.
Cancellation Policy
Substitutions are permitted 3 business days prior to the training. No-shows will be billed at the full training rate. Cancellations must be received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the training for a full refund less a $5 cancellation fee. If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given. Refunds will be issued within 90 days of the training. You will receive a refund receipt to the email address provided when the original payment was made. If you have not received a receipt, please email your request to dferguson@cmham.org with registrant and organization name, training name and date, and order number.
Grant Funding/Sponsors
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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