Jul 6, 2012

Finding Out How Everybody Succeeds

I am setting up a free conference so people receiving services and family members can learn from each other about what brings them success.

You can sign up at http://empowerment0918.eventbrite.com.

We give so much power to credentialed experts we forget that we have our own role to play in our success. We get stuck in service systems, even when our paid helpers want us to succeed in the larger world.

It’s time to try something different, to find a way for people to help each other using their own strengths, and the knowledge of what works for them.

What can people create together that connects with opportunities in the world?

Empowerment Conference September 18, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio

“Sharing What Works – Connecting with Opportunities in the World.”

A free conference for people overcoming challenges in their lives. Finding employment. Overcoming disability or health problems. Returning to the workforce. Finding good housing. Achieving recovery. Creating success in school. Helping care for others.

We are inviting people who use any sort of "service system" (and their allies) to come together and have a conversation.

-- What helps us make the most of our talents?
-- How can we reduce the areas where we are vulnerable?
-- How can we improve our ability to cope with stress?
-- How can we deal with the risk of something going wrong?

Two sessions: 12 noon to 2 PM, repeated from 6 PM to 8 PM.
HOPE4CHANGE Arena, 4100 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45229.

Sponsored by HOPE4CHANGE and Human Intervention. Keynote speaker is Paul Komarek, author of Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support.

Professional development opportunity 3 PM to 5 PM

“Fostering solutions outside of systems we control.”

What might happen if we left our credentials at the door? Professional caregivers, treatment teams and public servants want people to succeed in the larger world, but all systems have their limits.

At their best, system boundaries keep clients safe. But sometimes they just ration out resources. And at their worst, systems trap and disempower the very people they are meant to benefit.

Paul Komarek, author of Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support will lead a conversation about solutions within the expertise of ordinary citizens.

What can we create in the larger world to help people achieve success in their lives?

Reserve your seats online http://empowerment0918.eventbrite.com.

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