2018 Annual Mental Health Recovery Conference: “Recovery In Community” May 21st-22nd at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center

The VOCAL Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center, May 21st– May 22nd.

The conference begins at 11am Monday with our keynote, Matthew Federici, speaking on community inclusion.  You may view the entire schedule here: 2018 Annual Conference Program.

Some of the workshops we will offer include Ethics for Peer Recovery Support Specialists with Mary McQuown, Psychiatric Advance Directives with Heather Zellle, J.D., Ph.D., Working and Maintaining Your Benefits with vaACCSES, Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Peers with Ryan Tempesco and Erin Tucker, Board Roles and Responsibilities with Heather Orrock, round-table discussion on Peer Respite Centers, Reading Financials with Steve Clemmons, CPA, many opportunities for art, creativity and connection and more! On Monday night expect a dance and karaoke party, 12 steps, a movie and assorted meet-ups. The annual VOCAL membership meeting will take place on Tuesday afternoon.

The conference ends at 4pm on Tuesday.

Registration is now closed.

If you would like to register with the hotel to arrive on Sunday, May 20, please email Kelly Burd-Adams: Kelly.burd-adams@sheratonroanoke.com

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Matthew R. Federici, MS, Executive Director of the Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery. Matthew is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer and consultant on recovery, wellness, community inclusion, and peer support.  He serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Peer Support and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.  In 2015, he was awarded by San Diego County, the National “This Person” award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the hope and wellness of people in recovery.  Matthew’s personal and professional journey in wellness and recovery includes involvement as a family member and a mental health consumer advocate for over 20 years. He received his BA from Alvernia University in Psychology and Communications and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University.

What do those words “Recovery In Community” mean to you? We often use the words recovery community to describe ourselves and the culture of peers. Of course we have other connections as well, be it our families, our social groups, our congregations or the larger community in which we exist. How can we incorporate recovery into those groups? What does the term “Community Inclusion” really mean? How do communities recover after unsettling events? We hope this conference will make room for these ideas and more.

Individuals and peer-run programs are encouraged to sell their wares at the conference! Vendors, please complete the short application here.  Exhibitors seeking table space for advertising or educational purposes, please use the application here. Each table is 6 feet long.