For 31 years, NARPA has provided an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. It’s a great opportunity to learn from one another and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric labels.

  • Conference
When Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM to
Sep 28, 2013 11:55 PM
Where Hartford, CT
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For a full list of conference keynotes, workshops, as well as registration information, visit

Conference Keynotes


Judge Kristin Booth Glen

ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

Guardianship Issues


Ira Burnim, J.D.

Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law   

Violence and Psychiatric Disabilities: Responding to Fear

and Stereotypes that Drive National Policy


Daniel Mackler

Former Psychotherapist and Film Maker/Director

Presenting his new film, Coming Off Psych Drugs 


Sera Davidow

 Advocate, Activist and Film Maker

The Virtues of Non-Compliance


Jim Gottstein, J.D.

Director, Law Project for Psychiatric Rights

Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change


Susan Stefan, J.D.

Legal Educator and Nationally Known Advocate

Recent Developments in Mental Health and Disability Law – 2013


Confirmed Workshops:  


Shared Power for Social Change

Ann Rider, Heather McDonald, Molly Cisco & Darby Penney


Commitment and Dangerousness in the Wake of Sandy Hook:

A Vermont Case Study

Jack McCullough


Using Social Media To Organize For Rights in Mental Health Treatment

Jim Gotttstein, J.D., Anupa Iyer, J.D.


State Efforts to Restrict Therapies Aimed at Changing Sexual Orientation

Jan C. Costello, J.D.


Section 504 as a Mechanism to Seek Redress for Wrongful Civil Commitment

Bill Brooks, J.D.


Bringing Trauma-Informed Practices to Peer Support

Darby Penney, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care


Holding Law Enforcement Accountable:

Disability, Excessive Force and the Law

Ed Paquin, Robert Appel, J.D. and David McGuire, J.D.


The Definition of Chemical Restraint — Clinical and Legal Controversies

Kevin Ann Huckshorn, R.N., M.S.W. and Mark Joyce, J.D.


Organizing/Advocating in Response to a Tragedy

Deron Drumm, Greg Benson


The End of Guardianship?: Supported Decisionmaking as an Alternative

Bob Fleischner, J.D.


Constitutional Implications of Involuntary Medication Orders

for those with Capacity to Give Informed Consent but Allegedly Dangerous

Kirk W. Lowry, J.D. 


Fighting the School to Prison Pipeline: 

IDEA, 504, and the ADA, and School Discipline

Ellen Saideman, J.D.


Liberating Persons with Disabilities from Segregated Sheltered Workshops

Steve Schwartz, J.D., Bettina Toner, J.D., and Cathy Costanzo, J.D.


Graduate Students’ Experiences of Advocating

for Humane Treatment in a Biomedical Education System

Noel Hunter, M.A., Kateri Berasi, M.A., Ed.M., Debra Japko, M.A.,

Karolina Pekala, M.A., and Melissa Schroeder, M.A.


Suicide and “Risk Assessment” in the Emergency Room:

Bridging the Gap Between Policymakers, Researchers, and Suicide Attempt Survivors

to Explore What Helps and What Doesn’t

Laura Delano and Susan Stefan, J.D.


Forty Years Later:  My Evolving Beliefs

Ron Bassman, Ph.D.


The Twilight of Liberty: Fear, Retribution, and Fundamental Unfairness in Mental Health Proceedings

Dennis Feld, J.D. and Arthur Baer, J.D.


Hearing Voices: A Different Conversation

Lisa Forestell, Oryx Cohen, Marty Hadge


Community Wise: An Innovative Strategy for Change

Lauren Jessell, L.S.W., Victoria Blom, L.S.W., Liliane Windsor, M.S.W., Ph.D.


What is “Treatment” to Us?

Deron Drumm, Greg Benson, & Cyndi Roberts


Becoming a Video Advocate

Daniel Mackler and Sera Davidow


Disability Advocates Inc. v. Cuomo Settlement and Next Steps

Cliff Zucker, J.D. & Jennifer Mathis, J.D.


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