National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


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NARPA 2009 Conference Schedule


Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Workshop 5

Wednesday 9/9
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 Board Room: Board Meeting

 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Networking Reception







Thursday 9/10
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.






9:00 – 10:00

Keynote: Ira Burnim

10:00 – 10:15






10:15 – 11:45

Pearl Park, Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo:

Deconstructing the Model Minority Myth

Bob Bowen, Aaryce Hayes:

The Journey from Coercion to Collaboration

Michael Manning:

The Culture of Cruelty in the Maricopa County Jail System

Bill Stewart, Ron Bassman, Tom Behrendt:



11:45 – 1:15

Lunch and Keynote

Lunch, Keynote: Stefan Kruszewski, M.D.:

The Misuse of Evidence-Based Psychopharmaceutical Research
Places Children and Adults in Harm’s Way

1:15 – 2:45

Dr. Stefan Kruszewski:

Lessons learned from atypical antipsychotics and anticonvulsants used in psychiatric treatment

Steve Brock:

Drug Litigation

Sherry Mead:

Reframing Risk in Peer-Run Crisis Alternatives

Cheryl Koch-Martinez John Gallagher, & Michele Peavy:

Special Assistance in Arizona


2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 4:30

Jim Gottstein:

Litigation to Stop the Insane Drugging of Children & Youth

Eduardo Vega:

Power  Mapping and Change Theory

Leah Harris, Daniel Hazen, Chaya Grossberg, Celia Brown:

From the Streets to the ‘Net and Back

Delphine Brody & Gwen Lewis-Reid:

Rights, Dignity, Well-ness, and Recovery in Mental Health Courts:
A Roundtable Discussion


6:30 – 7:30

              Linda Andre,

              Discussion and Book Signing:
              Doctors of Deception









Friday 9/11
7:30 – 8:30






8:30 – 9:30


Keynote:  Lisa St. George:  

My Journey through “Treatment,” Recovery, and Self-Advocacy

9:30 – 9:45


9:45 – 11:15

Darby Penney/George Badillo

Grow Your Own Oral History Project

Michael Perlin:

Beyond Article 12: Implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
for the Advocacy Movement in the US and Abroad

Charles Arnold:

Using Various Levels of Guardianship to
Protect the Rights and Interests of Persons with Disabilitie

Ira Burnim:

The Future of Olmstead

Kim Hopper:

Participatory Research in Public Mental Health – Problems and Prospects

11:15 – 12:45

Lunch, Keynote: Kim Hopper:

Outcomes Elsewhere: What We can Learn from Cross-Cultural Psychiatric Research about How Things Work at Home

12:45 – 2:15

Byron Stith & Yvette Sangster:

NDRN: Training PAIMI Chairs and members

Joel Dvoskin

Thoughts of an Expert Witness and Monitor

Pat Risser & Delphine Brody:

Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Crisis Alternatives

Jennifer Mathis:

Non-traditional Utilization of Medicaid

Kim Darrow & Arthur Baer, Feigning Sanity: Big Lies and Catch-22s of Hospital Forensic Experts and How to Overcome Them

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 4:00

Jane Hudson and
Leslie Morrison:

NDRN Restraints Initiative: Banning Seclusion & Restraints in Schools

Mark Joyce, Joel Dvoskin, &
Susan Stefan

Right to Refuse Medication Hearing: How They Are and How They Should Be

Lisa St. George:

The Roots of Stigma

George Badillo , Kim Hopper, Darby Penney, & Jenneth Carpenter:

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment in New York: 10 Years Later


4:00 – 4:15


4:15 – 5:30

Susan Stefan:

Annual Legal Update - 2009







Saturday 9/12
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.


8:30 – 10:00

Angela Agnew:

Battling Mental Health Abuses Behind Bars

Nancy Arvold:

White Privilege and Racism

Tom Behrendt:

Revamping Guardianship Laws to Enhance Rights and Dignity  

Tina Minkowitz:

Using the UN Convention in Strategies to End Forced Treatment


10:00 – 10:15


  10:15 - 11:30

Keynote:  Michael Perlin:

"If My Thought-Dreams Could be Seen": Unasked (and Unanswered) Questions About the Role of Neuroimaging in the Criminal Trial Process

  11:30- 12:30           NARPA business meeting

On Saturday, Professor Michael Perlin will be available at a table in the registration area to discuss New York Law School's Online Mental Disability Law Program, and NYLS's new Masters and Advanced Certificate Programs.

For additional information, email NARPA at narpa[@] or by calling (205) 464-0101.


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