Alternatives Conference 2016

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Alternatives Conference in San Diego, CA.

The title comes from the title of Judi Chamberlin’s 1978 book, On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System.

This year marked the 30th Alternatives Conference, and  included looking back at the past 30 years, and looking forward to the next 30 years of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement.

There were a wealth of opportunities to learn from experts by experience in many different areas, as well as to network with leaders in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement from around the world.

Joseph Alex Martin is a Copeland Center-certified Mental Health Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Advanced Level Co-Facilitator. Joseph began utilizing his own WRAP in 2008 following his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Joseph was a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Pennsylvania for 9 1/2 years, and is now living in New Jersey and working in New York. In his role as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Joseph supports the recovery of his peers in their plans to take action to recover wellness in their lives.