BELONGING IS A BIRTHRIGHT: The Power of Social Cures for Psychosocial and Psychiatric Recovery.
Our second annual all-day conference will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016, at The Menninger Clinic, 12301 Main Street, Houston, Texas. The conference will be a unique meeting of thought leaders in the community integration community, and will offer valuable opportunities for professional networking. A panel of esteemed speakers will discuss various aspects of community integration.
Larry Davidson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and Director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health at the School of Medicine and Institution for Social and Policy Studies of Yale University. His work focuses on processes of recovery from serious mental illnesses and addictions; evaluation of innovative recovery-oriented practices, including peer-delivered services; and designing and evaluating policies to promote the transformation of systems to the provision of recovery-oriented care. In addition to being a recipient of psychiatric care himself, Dr. Davidson has produced over 200 publications, including the 2009 book co-authored with colleagues, A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care. His most recent book is entitled, The Roots of the Recovery Movement in Psychiatry: Lessons Learned. His work has been influential national and internationally in shaping the recovery agenda and in translating its implications for transforming mental health practice.
Professor Alberto Fergusson, MD, is Full Professor and Director of the Center for psychosocial studies at the School of Medicine of Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Fergusson is trained as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and has contributed to the field of rehabilitation. He is one of the world’s foremost advocates of the human rights of the mentally ill, and has developed a unique alternative to traditional asylum-like treatment. Dr. Fergusson has founded several advocacy movements in Colombia and the US, and has taught at various universities for the past 28 years. He was the first to describe accompanied auto-analysis and accompanied self-rehabilitation. He has published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles, including several on Freudian metapsychology. In 1989, he founded the Institute of Accompanied Self- Rehabilitation. He is a Fellow of Ashoka.
Kip Williams, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Purdue University. He received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from that university in 1981. Dr. Williams’ interests lie broadly in group processes and social influence. His specific research topics include ostracism, social loafing and social compensation, stealing thunder, Internet research, psychology and law. Currently, Dr. Williams primarily investigates how ostracism — being ignored and excluded — affects individuals and groups, and he has developed unique methods to study the processes and consequences of this social behavior. Among his books and book chapters is the 2001 book, Ostracism, The Power of Silence.
Mark Salzer, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. He is the principal investigator and director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a research and training center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Salzer has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than $25 million in research grants (NIDRR, NIH, SAMHSA), has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on the delivery of effective community mental health and rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, and has given more than 200 presentations on his work around the world.
Chris Fowler, PhD, is the director of Psychology and associate director of Clinical Research at Menninger. Dr. Fowler is also an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
As a clinical psychologist and researcher, Dr. Fowler has written or co-authored more than 90 articles and book chapters in the areas of personality disorders, suicide and psychotherapy outcomes. He is a nationally recognized psychological assessment researcher and currently serves as a consulting editor for the journals Psychotherapy and the Bulletin of The Menninger Clinic.
Dr. Fowler is the principal investigator of the Menninger Adult Outcomes Project and co-principal investigator of the McNair Initiative for Neuroscience Discovery at Menninger-Baylor (MIND-MB).
He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed a pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and an advanced fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass.