Category Archives: Education

PIER Program Conference: “Intervening Early to Improve Outcomes for Youth with Psychosis”

On Monday, May 9, our friends at the PIER Program are hosting a half-day conference, “Intervening Early to Improve Outcomes for Youth with Psychosis,” at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Check out the flyer below for more details, and register here.

Photos from our 2015 Membership Meeting

Our 2015 Annual Meeting took place on November 17 at the USM Wishcamper Center in Portland. The day began with a show of appreciation to our member organizations through plaques presented by CCSME Board President Simonne Maline: Following the awards national speaker Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health […]

My Experience Is My Strength

Mike Blanchard is a Peer Services Innovator at Amistad, Inc. in Portland, Maine. He is an experienced mental health worker and is also engaged in his own recovery. Peer services innovation is part of a SAMHSA networking grant. Our approach when we wrote the grant was specifically to network with folks who are currently working […]

I Will Not Let My Suffering Be Wasted

Craig Lewis works as a peer mental health counselor in Boston. He also does public speaking about his recovery and life in the punk rock community. He is currently writing a recovery workbook called “Better Days.” He spoke with Kat Friedrich, CCSME’s social media and Internet marketing consultant, about the life experiences that motivated him […]

The Invisible Wounds of Combat PTSD

What challenges do soldiers face when they develop PTSD and traumatic brain injuries? On March 21, 2013, Hahna David Patterson, director of psychological health at the Maine National Guard, described combat PTSD to an audience of mental health professionals at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual conference, “Taking Science into Practice: Beyond the Basics in […]

Mentoring shown to reduce future criminality

More than 100 people attended a Nov. 30 conference hosted by Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine on how mentoring can reduce future criminality. Diverting former inmates from crime to becoming responsible and contributing citizens is a worthy goal. Estimates of recidivism comparing those who access mentoring versus those who do not illustrate the effectiveness of the […]

Helping Clients Withdraw from Psychiatric Medication

Are you a clinician who wants to help clients withdraw from medication successfully? Maybe you need to go through a withdrawal of your own – a withdrawal from the prescription-oriented mindset. That’s what David Cohen, Ph.D., LCSW, said at CCSME’s Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication conference last week. Cohen brought […]

The Pitfalls of Psychotropics

Has mental illness become an epidemic in the United States? Robert Whitaker, a science journalist and author specializing in mental health, says the answer is “yes.” He will speak at CCSME’s upcoming conference, “Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication.” Whitaker wrote a peer-reviewed article, “Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the […]