UIC NRTC National Self-Determination
The purpose of the Workshop Series
is to provide ongoing training and technical assistance about self-determination
in order to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and enhance skills of workshop
participants from across the country. All session topics are chosen in collaboration
with the UIC NRTC Self-Determination Knowledge Development Workgroup.
All workshop sessions are facilitated by people with
psychiatric disabilities and/or family members of these individuals.
WHAT'S NEW, WHAT'S USEFUL:
Yourself in the Driver’s Seat: Getting on the Road to Self-Employment
or a Job That’s Right for You," broadcast
on November 16, 2004. Are you ready to work, but not sure how to get started?
Listen to these sessions to learn how your talents can be used in getting
a job or starting your own business. Highlights include using the Internet
as an employment resource, finding the right job, getting help for
starting a business venture, and developing a business plan. Emphasis
is on people with mental health disabilities, but anyone interested
in work and entrepreneurship will find useful information in these
three sessions. Speakers
included: Howard Dansky, Margo Covington,
and Kamile Kalina.
Webcast "Using the Internet
to Promote Self-Determination & Emotional Well-Being," broadcast
on October 22, 2002. This Webcast featured: a discussion
of how the Internet helps people with limited resources to participate in
online communities and in advocacy efforts; practical guidance and information
on using the Internet and software resources to seek, find, and secure a job;
and a panel discussion regarding how to determine the validity and reliability
of Web-based resources and how the Internet can foster self-determination.
Speakers included: Ed Schwartz, Howard Dansky, Sylvia Caras,
Frances Priester, and Judith Cook.
Self-Management of Psychiatric
Symptoms: Taking Action to Achieve Recovery. The featured speakers of
this workshop, Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia and Mary Ellen Copeland, addressed self-management
of psychiatric disabilities by teaching participants how to develop a comprehensive,
individualized self monitoring and response system. This system: promotes
higher levels of wellness and stability for people who experience psychiatric
symptoms; decreases the incidence of severe symptoms; decreases traumatic
life events and stigma caused by severe symptoms; decreases the need for costly,
invasive therapies; and improves quality of life. The speakers also highlighted
models and history of recovery and self-determination. A total of 115 people
from around the country attended this workshop, held May 31, 2002, including
mental health consumers, psychiatric survivors, family members, service providers,
advocates, researchers, governmental officials, students, and faculty.
Multiple Perspectives on Consumer/Survivor
Self-Determination from Within and Outside the Services System. On October
12, 2001, the UIC NRTC sponsored this inaugural session for its National Self-Determination
Workshop Series. The featured speakers (Judith Cook, Judi Chamberlin, David
Oaks, Joseph Rogers, and Russell Pierce) addressed various aspects of self-determination,
including the history of self-advocacy in the mental health consumer movement,
the role of independent organizing in increasing self-determination, what
helps and hinders self-determination, and advancing consumer power in communities
of difference. A total of 81 people attended this workshop from around the
country, including mental health consumers, psychiatric survivors, family
members, service providers, advocates, researchers, governmental officials,
students, and faculty.
Click here to view video highlights of the workshop.
SERIES PROJECT STAFF
Sue Pickett-Schenk, Ph.D., Jessica
A. Jonikas, MA., & Edie Bamberger, BA
WORKSHOP SERIES WORKGROUP MEMBERS
Larry Belcher, Judi Chamberlin,
Kathy Furlong-Norman, Barbara Granger, Ramiro Guevara, Tamar Heller, Chris
Hendrickson, Leah Holmes-Bonilla, David Oaks, Laurie Powers, Joseph Rogers,
Andrea Schmook, and Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia