NARPA's 2015 Annual Conference

Embassy Suites, Washington DC Convention Center
August 20 - August 23, 2015

NARPA's 2015 Annual Conference

Embassy Suites, Washington DC Convention Center
August 20 - August 23, 2015

NARPA 2015 Conference Schedule:


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Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Thursday 8/20

5 – 8 pm

Registration 5 – 7 pm – Reception Area

Reception & Opening Session - 6-8 pm.


Friday 8/21

7:30 – 4 pm

Registration Table Open

8:30 – 9:45 am


Leah Harris – Author, Storyteller, Human Rights Activist, Survivor,

and Coordinator, Recovery Now! Campaign

The Personal is Political: Reflections on an Advocacy Journey

9:45 – 10 am


10 – 11:30 am

NARPA 101Bill Stewart, MA Clinical Psychology, Ann Rider, MSW, Anupa Iyer, JD, & Patrick Risser

Crisis Intervention & Beyond: Strategies to Prevent Tragic Encounters between Law Enforcement & People with Disabilities - Leah Harris, Bethany Lilly, JD, & David Perry, PhD

Fear and Loathing: Forced Treatment in Derogation of Life and Limb: Developing Strategies to Confront Forced Treatment in the Face of Institutional Condescension, Coercion and Expediency - Dennis Feld, JD & Arthur Baer, JD

Robert D. Fleischner JD - "Segregated Education Case"

11:30 am–1 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Robert Fleischner, JD, & Robert Dinerstein, JD – Guardianship: Issues and Discussion

1 – 2:30 pm

“Is Anybody Listening?” - Film & Discussion - Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., Patrick Risser & Steven Stone

Parental Rights - Ira Burnim, JD, Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Advocacy 101- John Jones &

Patrick Risser  ◊

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:15 pm

Entering Enemy Lines To Create Change: Delusion or Possibility? - Noel Hunter, Melissa Schroeder & Casadi Marino

Who Gets to Define “Peer Support?” The Dangers of Substituted Values and Voice - Darby Penney

Advocacy for Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals with Trauma Histories and Mental Health Diagnoses:
the DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project
- Tammy Seltzer, JD

Using Civil Rights Laws to Expand Access to Housing - Michael Allen, JD

Saturday 8/22
7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration Table Open

8:30 – 9:45 am


Chaku Mathai, CPRP, Director STAR Center –

SAMHSA Technical Assistance Center for Consumer-Peer Run Programs
Supporting Communities to Embrace Lived Experience Leadership  

9:45 – 10 am


10 – 11:30 am

Guardianship – Professor Robert Dinerstein, JD

Aspirational Arguments from (de)VOICED: Survivors of Deadly Force with Deadly WeaponsLauren Tenney, PhD & Eva Dech  

How To Perform Investigations of Serious Incidents – Part I - Aaryce Hayes, LCSW ◊

Understanding The Struggle Over H.R. 2646 (The Murphy Bill, AKA the “Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015”) - Jennifer Mathis, JD & Bethany Lilly, JD

11:30 am –1 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Why Psychiatry Survives Despite Lost Scientific Credibility – and Battling Against Oppression

Bruce R. Levine, PhD

1 –2:30 pm

P&A & Psych Survivors Working for Systemic ChangeLydia Richard & Catherine Bustin 

Fighting Segregation in the US & Abroad: The ADA & International Law as Tools for Advocacy - Eric Rosenthal, JD, Director, Disability Rights International, Arlene Kanter, JD, & Sofía Galván Puente, JD

How to Perform Investigations of Serious Incidents – Part II - Aaryce Hayes, LCSW

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Workshop – Emily Read, JD, Dennis Feld, JD, & Arthur Baer, JD

2:30-2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:15 pm

Recent Developments in Mental Health Law - 2015  

Arlene S. Kanter, JD, LLM

Annual keynote by legal scholar presenting updates and interpretation

of the most recent legal cases affecting disability rights and mental health law.


Sunday 8/23
8 am – 12:30 pm

    Registration Table Open            

8:30 – 10 am

Ending Restraint & Seclusion in SchoolsHoward Trachtman, Aaryce Hayes LCSW, & Patrick Risser

Voting Rights for Persons with Mental Disabilities - Lewis Bossing, JD, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Harm Reduction – A Critical Ingredient for Human Rights – Karen Rosenthal, Jessica Nagel & Mark Jennings

Introduction to Intentional Peer SupportChris Hansen

10 – 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:45 am

Peer Roles Re-Defined in Forensic Settings:  Potentials for Positive Collaboration Between Human Rights Attorneys, Peer Workers, and People HospitalizedSera Davidow & Caroline White

Trauma & Healing in Corrections: “The Impossible Dream?”Wallace Kirby, Taylar Nuevelle & Emily Tatro, JD

The ADA, Sheltered Workshops & Minimum Wage - Jennifer Mathis, JD & Ruby Moore

"Diagnosisgate":  Scandal After Scandal Since Last Year's NARPA Keynote - Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.

11:45 am -1 pm

Closing Session

For additional information, email NARPA at narpa @ or by call256-650-6311.

Note: Presentations, presenters, and scheduled times are subject to change.