Spring Forum – Wellness and Recovery for Mental Health Practice

Preview – Spring Forum

Wellness and Recovery for Mental Health Practice

with Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, PhD, OTR/L, CPRP

Saturday, March 26, 2011
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Dominican University of California
Guzman Lecture Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901

Wellness: A Model for Personal and Professional Practice
Wellness is a conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices that help promote a more satisfying lifestyle. Wellness includes eight dimensions and a wellness lifestyle includes a self-defined balance of health habits. The wellness approach is even more important as we watch too many people with psychiatric disabilities living in poverty, under- and unemployed and socially excluded.

Description of Program

This session will examine a model of wellness and whole health. Participants will review the importance of adopting a wellness vision, both personally and professionally, and will be challenged to assume a lead role in creating socially inclusive environments that foster wellness and recovery. We will learn about exciting peer delivered initiatives, including peer whole health and wellness coaching. This session will highlight how OTs can develop skills, knowledge and support to link with peer operated services and community resources. We will consider the design and delivery of holistic services that foster wellness, and strategize program development and system transformation.

The presentation will include:

  • History of Peer Movement – Case example – NJ
  • Social determinants of health/social inclusion framework
  • 10 x 10 campaign
  • Wellness Coaching and Peer Whole health
  • Other examples of OTs linking with peer services
  • Strategies for Program Development & Systems Transformation
  • Personal self-assessment and planning

Presenter Bio

Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, PhD, OTR/L, CPRP, is the Director of the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey and a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, School of Health Related Professions. Peggy’s personal experiences have inspired her work and passion to advocate for and create services based on wellness, recovery and peer support principles. She has numerous publications and has lectured nationally and internationally on issues such as wellness, recovery, employment, and peer support. Her research endeavors include examination of peer delivered recovery and health promotion models.

Directions, campus map, and parking information



POTAC and OTAC Members – $110; nonmembers – $12; students – $25

Includes continental breakfast and lunch. You may pay at the door.

Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for 7 hours of PDUs

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 22. E-mail ude.nacinimodnull@tnuh.eiluJ.


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