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We are getting very excited about the upcoming conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia! 

Topic: Effective Approaches for Nurturing Recovery

Keynote Speakers:

Robert Drake (M.D., Ph.D) is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, NH USA and Vice President of the Westat Corporation. His work on psychiatric rehabilitation over four decades, including integrated treatments for people with dual disorders, evidence-based mental health practices, implementing vocational services, and has helped to shift mental health services toward greater resonance with clients’ goals. He has conducted numerous research projects, published over 600 journal articles and books, and trained many successful researchers.


Deborah R. Becker (M.Ed., CRC) is the Research Senior Associate and Director, IPS Learning Community, at the IPS Employment Center, the Rockville Institute at Westat. She has been a rehabilitation specialist for 30 years. Ms. Becker has held project director positions for vocational, housing, and dual diagnosis research studies. She co-developed the SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practice Supported Employment Implementation Resource Kit. She oversees the IPS International Learning Community, also known as the Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program, which is organized to improve access to IPS, the evidenced-based approach to supported employment, in twenty states and three European countries.


Laura Burke is drama therapist, certified counsellor, researcher, and public speaker. She also moonlights as a poet, playwright and actor who uses the arts as a means of advocating for those impacted by mental illness. She is currently writing Mad Ones a play about women impacted by trauma and madness in the 18th century, and a semiautobiographical circus themed solo play called Tight Rope about navigating professionalism and vulnerability. Laura has been diagnosed with several mental illnesses listed in the DSM over the years including schizophrenia, but prefers to identify as a mad person. Much of her work involves deconstructing sanism and stigma and supporting others in redefining anomalous experience. She also has particular interests in balancing the practices of vulnerability with professional responsibility, and the imperative of compassion in reducing mental health discrimination in our modern world.