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12th annual DBHIDS Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference

Registration for Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Faith and Spiritual Affairs 12th annual Conference, Thriving Together: Children, Families and Community is now open.

The purpose of this year’s conference is to increase awareness of programs and services for children, families and communities of Philadelphia to support their fundamental right to Thrive in the areas of behavioral health, Trauma based services, respite care, health care, education, access to healthy food and community programs. Workshops will be offered by presenters who are experts in traditional and non-traditional programs and services for children, youth and adolescents. The conference will demonstrate how community sectors, can work together effectively to achieve better outcomes for families and communities while cultivating faith or a spiritual life which is an important part of wellness.

DBHIDS is a recovery-oriented system of care which promotes spiritual care, health and wellness for families and communities of Philadelphia. DBHIDS promotes population-based approaches to the primary prevention of stress and risk reduction.

This year, Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for will be offered during the conference!

For more information and to register for the conference please visit the conference site.

Hundreds Gather for iNAPS Conference

DBHIDS collaborated with the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) to bring the 10th annual National Peer Support Conference to Philadelphia. Over 500 people attended the conference Aug. 26-28, making it their largest to date.

DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans welcomed people to the conference via video, as he was out of the country. Visitors attended from around the globe and as far away as Hong Kong. Keynote speakers then discussed ongoing developments within the iNAPS organization. Speakers included DBHIDS Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb; Beverly Haberle, Executive Director of the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania/PRO-ACT; and Nancy Wieman, former Deputy Mental Health Commissioner of Montgomery County.

Day two’s keynote speakers gave an emotional reminder of how far peer support has come. Presenters included Laurie Ashcraft, executive consultant of iNAPS; Robyn Priest, lead coordinator of Peerlink; Gina Calhoun, national director for wellness and recovery training at the Copeland Center; and Gayathri Ramprasad, president of ASHA International. Attendees were also able to enjoy consumer activist and artist Sharon Wise’s artistic dance with spoken word performance.

There were over 60 workshops with presenters from across the country providing the most up-to-date information in the field of peer support. Attendees had a chance to see innovative contributions to peer culture, support, and leadership. The conference was also a great opportunity for certified peer specialists, certified recovery specialists, and the peer volunteer workforce in Philadelphia to network, get re-inspired, and to obtain continued education and support for their occupational wellness.

Additional photos from the iNAPS Conference can be viewed on DBHIDS’ Facebook page.