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MA Leadership Academy 2018 “Bridging Our Networks”

March 20, 21, 22

The Silos Within:  Bridging our Network to Create Deep Connections, Leadership, and Stronger Allies

The 2018 Massachusetts Leadership Academy (MLA) explores how to bridge the gaps between the mental health community and the physical disability community.   People who identify with both of these groups and are interested in advocacy are encouraged to apply.

Flyer
Link to online application DEADLINE to apply March 9

The MLA is a 3-day retreat where we gather to develop our personal leadership skills, learn about the mental health recovery movement, and learn how to advocate for change through the power of peer support.  By bringing people together across a spectrum of abilities and struggles, we hope to weave a strong web of resource and allies to improve our lives.

About the location:
The UMASS Lowell Conference Center Inn
https://www.acc-umlinnandconferencecenter.com/
50 Warren Street | Lowell, MA 01852

Contact us or assistance with the application or for more information:
MLA@transformation-center.org
617-442-4111

Black in Boston Interested in Mental Health & Healing?

Wednesday February 14th & 28th

Blacks United in Recovery (BUR) is holding regular meetings for Blacks in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Come to The Transformation Center February 14 1:30 – 4:30 and/or February 28

Consider joining our Advisory Council to help decision-makers better understand what people need and want to improve their mental health and improve access to healthcare services that work. Participants attending a meeting once each month will receive a $20 VISA gift card.

IF you are Black in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan and concerned about healthcare and policy (as a community leader, a person with lived experience of recovery from mental health issues, trauma or addiction or a friend or family member of someone with lived experience) YOU are invited to join healthcare researchers and policy makers to affect change in healthcare practices and public policy for both providers and people served.

The Advisory Council is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For a description of the project go to PCORI link. The grant helps The Transformation Center support Blacks to consider their needs and explore research questions that could make a difference to their local communities.

“Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used…”

Policy paper published

Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used to Promote Recovery for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction Disorders (Download Paper)

A collaboration between PPAL (Parent/Professional Advocacy League), MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery) and The Transformation Center.  “Sticks and Stones” draws on the passionate views of young adults, family members, people in recovery and consumers to help us think about a new way to talk about co-occurring mental health and addiction.

Excerpts:

The term ‘persons in treatment’ emerged from the focus groups as a term youth and young adults identify with because it shows strength for seeking treatment, doesn’t have specific stigmas attached, and gives space to other aspects of life.
By using language to empower, we can change the conversation from one of discouragement into one of hope.  We can create a common language that builds a sense of belonging without removing the diversity of experience.

Black in Boston & Interested in Mental Health and Healing?

Wednesday January 24 from 11:30-1:30pm

Blacks United in Recovery is holding an information session at The Transformation Center for Blacks in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

Consider joining our Advisory Council to help decision-makers better understand what people need and want to improve their mental health and improve access to healthcare services that work. Participants attending the 2 hour meeting once each month will receive a $20 VISA gift card.

IF you are Black in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan and concerned about healthcare and policy (as a community leader, a person with lived experience of recovery from mental health issues, trauma or addiction or a friend or family member of someone with lived experience) YOU are invited to join healthcare researchers and policy makers to affect change in healthcare practices and public policy for both providers and people served.

The Advisory Council is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  For a description of the project go to PCORI link. The grant helps The Transformation Center support Blacks to consider their needs and explore research questions that could make a difference to their local communities.

 

 

Drum Circle in Framingham

Wednesdays January 10 & 31 – 12:15 – 1:15

The Central MA Recovery Learning Community (CMRLC) invites you to it’s newest location in Framingham!   855 Worcester Rd – Trolley Square Plaza

Check us out on Facebook

Drum circles, a tradition at CMRLC, are just one way people come together at the new location.

Twice a month on Wednesdays, January 10 & 31, no experience necessary.
Link to flyer

CVG in Bedford WAIT LIST registration only

Thursday, December 7

Registration is full for our first Community Voice Gathering of the winter season at Bedford Free Library.    We encourage you to register for the WAIT LIST as we may have cancelations and we want to know how much interest there is for planning future CVGs.

WAIT LIST ONLY Registration
This is an interactive gathering, space limited to the first 35 who register.

  • Foster peer-to-peer connections through Recovery Out Loud mutual learning activities
  • Explore the Certified Peer Support Code of Ethics
  • Add your voice to recommendations for CPS continuing education based on the Emerging Consensus Statement
  • Address challenges of Access & Inclusion to peer support.

Flyer

More about The Transformation Center’s Community Voice Initiative

5K Flight Results & Photos

A glorious day for our 6th Annual 5K Flight Peer Run/Walk for Mental Health & Recovery

You, our sponsors, volunteers and community members, made it possible!

People with mental health, trauma, and addiction histories face health challenges related to side effects from medications, poverty and lack of access to medical care.  Thanks to everyone for taking charge and caring for mind, body and spirit.

5K Race Results

Slide show featuring runners & walkers, dancers and more…

Registration open! CVG in Bedford

Thursday, December 7

Join us for our first Community Voice Gathering of the winter season!

Bedford Free Library

  • Foster peer-to-peer connections through Recovery Out Loud mutual learning activities
  • Explore the Certified Peer Support Code of Ethics
  • Add your voice to recommendations for CPS continuing education based on the Emerging Consensus Statement
  • Address challenges of Access & Inclusion to peer support.

Flyer

Registration (this is an interactive gathering, space limited to the first 35 who register)

More about The Transformation Center’s Community Voice Initiative