Rural Behavioral Health Web Casts/Webinars

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The key elements of a Rural Recovery-Based Mental Health & Substance Abuse System of Care


Dr. Daniel Fisher
December 12th, 2005

Please note, CEU's are no longer available for this presentation.


Web cast Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the 10 major principles of recovery revealed through research at NEC
  2. Participants will learn the evidence from long-term studies showing that a majority of people recover from even the most severe forms of mental illness
  3. Participants will learn the Empowerment Model of Recovery
  4. Participants will learn that a recovery approach can reduce high risk behavior by building trust and instilling hope, can lead to better team building, can reduce burn out and 7 other ways it can improve clinical practice
  5. Participants will learn that the PACE (Personal Assistance in Community Existence) education program can facilitate a shift to a recovery culture
  6. Participants will learn that involving consumers in training, planning, evaluation, and service delivery will accelerate the shift to a recovery culture

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Photo of Dr. FisherDr. Fisher’s Talk on Recovery

Starting at age 25, Dr. Fisher was hospitalized several times and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Despite some setbacks, he was able to recover, earn a medical degree and become a psychiatrist. He is presently a community psychiatrist at Riverside MH Center, and Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center. ( He was a commissioner on the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

He will highlight the values, philosophy, and practices that have enabled him and others to recover. He knows from personal experience that no matter how severe a person’s distress, there is always a person inside. When provided the recovery relationships, principles, and resources, the person inside is capable of relating and regaining control over their life.

Dr. Fisher and NEC have developed the more comprehensive Empowerment Model of Recovery and Development. Unlike the pessimistic, dependency-fostering aspects of the traditional model, the Empowerment Model emphasizes the importance of hope, connecting, self-determination, self-help, and living a meaningful life. He has found that when people gain their true voice they can become full participants of their community and recover.