Annual Conference 2015 Keynote Speakers Announced!


Annual Conference 2015: We've Got the Power

April 24-25, 2015

Marriott Madison West, Middleton, WI


Friday's Keynote: Richard J Davidson, PhD

Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson's research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 340 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published in 2012.

Keynote Address: Order and Disorder in the Emotional Brain

Emotions are at the core of human personality, they define each person’s uniqueness and they shape resilience and vulnerability to adversity. Perhaps the single most salient characteristic of emotion is the variability across individuals in how each responds to emotional cues and challenges. Activation patterns assessed with neuroimaging are related to different parameters of affective style and are consistent over time within individuals. Specific patterns of brain activity are related to vulnerability to particular types of disorders. Moreover, patterns of central brain function are related to peripheral biological systems that play a role in physical health and illness. Despite their consistency over time within individuals, these patterns of neural activity are not immutable to change but rather can be transformed through systematic mental training such as meditation. This latter body of evidence supports the view that happiness, well-being and emotional balance are best regarded as the product of trainable skills.


Saturday's Keynote: Dr. Dan Fisher

Dan travels to all parts of the country to conduct workshops, give keynote addresses, teach classes, and organize conferences for consumers/survivors, families, and mental health providers to promote recovery of people labeled with mental illness by incorporating the principles of empowerment. He has been featured on many radio and television programs, including CNN Special Report. In addition he is a researcher having carried out research into neurotransmitters at the National Institute of Mental Health and on the ways that people recover. Along with Laurie Ahern, he developed the Empowerment Model of Recovery and the PACE/Recovery program to shift the system to a recovery orientation. He was recognized for this work by being selected for both the Clifford Beers National Mental Health Association Award and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law's Advocacy Award.

Keynote Address: Emotional CPR (eCPR)

Emotional CPR is a public health education program designed to teach people the skills to assist others through emotional crisis and regain a sense of hope and purpose in their lives. This workbook was developed for the eCPR certification training and provides a thoughtful discussion of the values of eCPR, the features of dialogue, and the primary components of eCPR: C = Connection, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing. Other sections include how to prepare oneself to provide eCPR as well as tips for self-care. The workbook is filled with inspiring quotes, real-life examples of embodying the practice of eCPR, sample instructions for role plays, and other exercises. The workbook is designed for anyone who may encounter a person in emotional crisis - law enforcement, mental health peers, mental health providers, family members, and others.