Everyday Lives: Dual Diagnosis Day 1

June 2, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
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9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Everyday Lives: Dual Diagnosis Day 1   All Interested Parties Whova
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Conference Welcome & Updates Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS) Deputy Secretary Kristen Houser give the opening and welcoming remarks for the 2021 Dual Diagnosis Conference. Dr. Gregory Cherpes, ODP Medical Director, gives the opening and welcoming remarks including the Overview of the Collaborative Capacity Building Initiatives (CBI). All Interested Parties Whova
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote: Chester Finn Chester Finn, Special Advisor to the New York State Office for People with Disabilities and self-advocate, relates his message of understanding through learning from others lived experiences. Finn, who has a visual impairment, will share his story of creating sustaining societal change through self-determination. All Interested Parties Whova
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Breakout Session A Attendees will select any of the following sessions to join as desired. No pre-registration required: All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session A-1 The Trauma of the Powerless Dr. Dan Jurman will discuss the ways our treatment of people can create trauma that drives behavior. He’ll connect the dots between his experience of serving people with developmental disabilities and his current experience exploring the impacts trauma and chronic stress can have on our physical and behavioral health. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session A-2 The Impact of Trauma on Those with Dual Diagnosis Dr. Dale Adair will speak on the prevalence of trauma in those diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. He will talk about recognizing the presence of trauma and effective treatment interventions. He will also speak to available resources. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session A-3 Community Autism Peer Specialists (CAPS) Dr. Kathleen Kaplan will present with various peers specialist on the CAPS program. The CAPS program is a community-based, peer-support behavioral health service that provides person-centered, participant-directed support to individuals on the autism spectrum. The program’s goal is to help those on the autism spectrum increase personal wellness, independence, and community participation. CAPS is an initiative of the Philadelphia Autism Project and was developed in partnership with the Autism Services Education Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative Eastern Region. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session A-4 The Wounds and Trauma of Everyday Life: Valued Social Roles to Wellness and a Good Life Dr. Guy Caruso will teach participants about the wounding life experiences and trauma people with disabilities experience, as well as about the concept of devaluation and devalued roles. Dr. Caruso will offer strategies and actions to take to help people with disabilities, their families, and professionals to work toward the valuable everyday experiences. This will be a brief introduction to Social Role Valorization as one way toward wellness. All Interested Parties Whova
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Session B Attendees will select any of the following sessions to join as desired. No pre-registration required: All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session B-1 Promoting Recovery from Trauma through Healing Practices in Everyday Life Dr. Beth Barol will present on health, healing, and pursuing a meaningful life for everyone, individuals with a dual diagnosis and their supporters. We will open the door to deeper explorations by briefly examining the range of ways in which trauma impacts a person, using examples from individuals’ biographies to illustrate these principles. Then we will explore a range of “social therapeutic” healing interventions, focusing on stabilizing and rebuilding the brain and body through nutritional, life-style practices, at-home therapeutic opportunities, relationships, and strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. Finally, we will touch on the use of neuromodulation practices and equipment to offer more stability. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session B-2 Healing Communities: Understanding Challenges Faced by Intercity Youth Colwin Williams, Outreach worker for Philadelphia CeaseFire, will present on generational violence and trauma that pervades communities of young men in North Philadelphia and will offer solutions to breaking the cycle. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session B-3 Coping with Change and Loss Representatives from Penn Cares will present on the transformational effect grief can have on an individual’s life and the routines that offer stability and comfort. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session B-4 Music Therapy: A Path from Isolation to Connection Through lecture, music making, and song reflections, Music Therapist Kathy Purcell will guide participants to learn how the power of music can decrease isolation and promote positive healing relationships that are desperately needed – especially during these difficult times. All Interested Parties Whova
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Breakout Session C Attendees will select any of the following sessions to join as desired. No pre-registration required All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session C-1  Critical Thinking for Critical Times In the age of two concurrent pandemics, there has never been a deeper need for innovation and culturally relevant teaching. In this seminar, Brandon P. Fleming tells the story of his journey from being an at-risk youth and college dropout to becoming an award-winning Harvard educator, while unpacking the nuances of virtual learning and cultural engagement. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session C-2 Understanding Abuse of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities James Meadours is a self-advocate who has grown stronger and resilient through the trauma of sexual assaults. His healing has come after a lot of “soul searching” and addressing trauma over a long period of time. James offers a deeper understanding of sexual assault to an individual with developmental disabilities, as well as inspiring hope and empowerment. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session C-3 Community Participation as a Path to Resilience for those with Dual Disorders Dr. Mark Salzer will offer attendees an overview of community participation, including work, school, leisure, and engagement in faith, and why it is important for the health and wellness of individuals with dual disorders. The importance of participation will then be discussed in the context of promoting resilience, and information will be offered about the beliefs and strategies that are necessary for promoting participation. All Interested Parties Whova
Breakout Session C-4 Use of the Certified Peer Specialist in Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness David Measel, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition, will teach attendees about certified peer services (CPS) and the role of a certified peer specialist in meeting the needs of an individual. All Interested Parties Whova
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Networking Session Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other attendees over lightly guided conversation. Attendees will be randomly grouped for seven eight-minute sessions. All Interested Parties Whova