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

2018 Annual Conference Poster

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

Registration is now open! You can register and pay online through Eventbrite.

Or to print and mail, or email your application, use the registration form HERE.

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.

Workshop proposals will be accepted through the month of March, 2018.

VOCAL is seeking engaging workshops on topics of interest to peers for our annual conference. Interactive and experiential workshops are especially needed. We hope to offer solid informational sessions about topics like housing and advocacy, panel discussions, leadership-level training, and self-care sessions like yoga or creative expression. You can download a short application here. 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.