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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Peer Partnership – January 2010

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The Peer Partnership – January 2010
Publication of the DBSA Peer-to-Peer Resource Center


Become a Peer Specialist

DBSA Peer Specialist Training Scheduled for May 2010

DBSA will be conducting a Peer Specialist Training course on May 3 – 7, 2010 in Itasca, Illinois, following the DBSA National Conference at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa.

DBSA Peer Specialist training prepares people who live with mental illnesses to use their experiences to work with others as peer specialists.  Facilitated by nationally-recognized trainers, this comprehensive course delivers a foundation in recovery principles, intervention techniques and ethical practice. The curriculum focuses on the use of peer-delivered services to support the recovery of others.

Training topics include:

  • The role of peer support in recovery
  • Problem solving with individuals
  • Effective listening and the art of asking questions
  • Combating negative self-talk
  • Dissatisfaction as an avenue for change
  • Facilitating Recovery Dialogues ©
  • Peer specialist ethics and more

Who Can Participate:

  • Individuals 18 years or older with personal experience as consumers of mental health services who wish to use this experience to help others.
  • Those willing to publicly identify as a person living with a mental illness.

Registration Fee:

  • $950 per person includes training fee and all training materials, beverage breaks, continental breakfast (Monday-Friday), and post-training certification testing.
  • Registration fees will be due at a later date.


  • All applications must be received by DBSA no later than March 22, 2010.
  • Participants will be selected through a competitive application process.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 29, 2010.
  • Click on this link to download a copy of the application:

DBSA 2010 National Conference

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DBSA 2010 National Conference
Celebrating 25 Years of Peer Support

April 29-May 2, 2010
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Itasca, IL (Chicago suburb)

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We got our start 25 years ago with people like YOU—peers who wanted to be there for each other as they traveled the road to recovery. So, in 2010, we’re going back to our roots—our grassroots—and celebrating, with a one-of-a-kind conference, something that’s absolutely crucial to recovery—peer support.

It’s our 25th anniversary, and to truly celebrate a quarter of a century of peer support, we need the people who make it all happen—YOU! Join us for a weekend of inspiration, support, laughter and hope at the beautiful Eaglewood Resort & Spa where you can renew, refresh, and reconnect!


Thursday, April 29
2010 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF)
Friday, April 30 - Sunday, May 2
2010 National Conference and Educational Institutes (agenda)

Bring Change 2 Mind

Bring Change to Mind logoDBSA has recently connected Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), an organization that focuses on raising awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness. Bring Change 2 Mind was started by actress Glenn Close, and her sister Jesse Close, who is a mental health consumer. As part of the partnership, DBSA is working to help BC2M find volunteers to respond to some of the many emails they receive inquiring about resources and support. The emails are forwarded to volunteers, and are responded to within 24 hours. BC2M will assist in providing information and resources to all volunteers. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nancy at for more information. This is a great opportunity to provide hope, help, and support to peers across the country!

Bring Change 2 Mind has also created a public service announcement (PSA), directed by Director and Producer Ron Howard that can be viewed at

Words to Live By:

Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. - Unknown

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