National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

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NARPA 2014 Conference Schedule

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Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Wednesday 9/3

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Welcome, Presentation of Pearl Johnson Award: 6:00 – 7:00

Irit Shimrat opening keynote: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday 9/4

7:30 – 8:30 am


8:30 – 9:45 am

Plenary Presentation: Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.:

There are No Rules About Psychiatric Diagnosis—And That Must End!

9:45 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 11:30 am

NARPA 101: Bill Stewart & Ann Rider, M.S.W.

How to Get What You Need From Your Healthcare Provider: Beckie Child

Medicaid Fraud Claims Challenging Practice of Prescribing Off-Label Drugs to Children: James B. (Jim) Gottstein, J.D.

Lane v. Kitzhaber: Challenging Segregated Sheltered Workshops: Kathy Wilde, J.D., Oregon P&A

11:30 – 1:00

Lunch & Keynote: Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.

The Twilight of Liberty:
Psychiatric Outpatient Supervision and Control and Diminished Spheres of Personal Autonomy --

An Expanding Front in the War for Personal Liberty

1:00 – 2:30 pm

A Different Kind of Understanding: A Qualitative Exploration of Psychotherapy and PsychosisAlexandra L. Adame, Ph.D.

Supporting Trauma-Informed Peer Support in Traditional Provider Agencies: Darby Penney

Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to MH System Change: James B. (Jim) Gottstein, J.D.

Challenging Use of Force: US Department of Justice Investigates Law Enforcement in Portland and Seattle: Jan E. Friedman, J.D. & Anne Kasper, & J. Michael Diaz, J.D.

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:15 pm

Reel Change- Video Advocacy:
A powerful tool for systemic reform
: Emily Cooper

The Insanity Defense and Its Relatives: Tina Minkowitz, J.D.

Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement: Margot Mendelson, J.D. & Ranjini Acharya, J.D.

Understanding the struggle over H.R. 3717, (the Murphy Bill, aka the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"), Jennifer Mathis, J.D., David Lord, J.D. & Bethany Lilly, J.D. 

4:15 – 5:00 pm


5:00 – 7:00 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Video: Is Anybody Listening?

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. (followed by discussion)

Friday 9/5
7:30 – 8:30 am


8:30 – 9:45 am

Keynote: Claudia Center, J.D.
Disability Rights, LGBT Rights, and Reflections on Intersectional Advocacy

9:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:30

Promoting and Developing Crisis Alternatives: A Strategy Session Matthew Cohen

Evidence-Based Malpractice in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. & David Walker, Ph.D.

Advocating for Inmates with Mental Illness: Heather McKimmie, J.D. & Rachael Seevers, J.D.

Developments in Employment Discrimination Litigation: Claudia Center, J.D., Mike Subit, J.D., & Anupa Iyer Geevarghese, J.D.

11:30 – 1:00

Lunch, Keynote:  David Cohen, Ph.D.:

American Psychosis or Mad Science? 
What A Care System for Seriously Distressed People Might Look Like

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Intentional Peer Support as a Framework for Building Community: Steven Morgan

Mental Health Oppression & American Indian Youth: Challenging Generations of Harm: David Walker, Ph.D.

Strategies to Promote the Expansion of Supportive Housing: Pamela Cohen, J.D.

Advocating for Removal of Mental Health Inquiries of Bar Applicants: Emily Cooper, J.D. & Jennifer Mathis, J.D.

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:15 pm

Practical Strategies & Specific Resources from the Social Justice Sisters: Carolyn Pettit-Lange & Ele Munjeli

Ethical Psychopharmacology: David Cohen, Ph.D.

Litigation Challenging Outpatient Commitment: Pamela Cohen, J.D.Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.

Children with Mental Health Needs in the Child Welfare System: Diane Smith Howard

4:15 - 7:00 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Video Marathon: Three short videos by Ken Paul Rosenthal:

For Shadows, In Light, In! and Crooked Beauty







Saturday 9/6
7:30 – 8:30 am


8:30 – 10:00 am

Controlling Your Treatment: Advance Directives: David Lord, J.D.

Developments in International Human Rights Law: Tina Minkowitz, J.D.

Fundamentals of Performing Investigations of Serious Incidents (Restraint & Seclusion): Aaryce Hayes, M.S.W. 

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 -11:45 am

Sam Bagenstos, J.D.:

Significant Developments in Mental Health and Disability Law - 2014

  11:45- Noon

  Closing Remarks/Adjournment:  John Jones  


For additional information, email NARPA at narpa @ or by call 256-650-6311.

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