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How and Why We Should Leverage Lived Experience to Address Behavioral Health Challenges

  • TCFC at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center 2405 Robert Dedman Drive Austin, TX, 78705 United States (map)

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Chyrell D. Bellamy, a researcher and expert in recovery and peer support services, about why and how we can better leverage the value of lived and learned expertise in the policy and community work we do to improve the lives of Texans. 

Today, more than ever, people are encouraged, recognized, and championed for sharing their lived experiences with mental health challenges, addictions, the criminal justice system, and more. Coupling lived and learned experience is a vital step towards addressing behavioral challenges in innovative and effective ways in our communities. Dr. Bellamy will provide an overview of the history and evolution of peer support and recovery concepts and address how leaders with lived and learned experiences are critical to efforts to create more person-centered supports.

Monday, August 5, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Joe C. Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas
2405 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX 78712

Please RSVP and send any questions to Katie Mitten at [email protected]. You must RSVP in order to receive parking permit.

About our speaker:

Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor of Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and serves as the Director of Peer Services/Research. Dr Bellamy is also the Acting Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs, appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. She has experience as a frontline service provider, community educator and organizer, and as a community and academic researcher. Her expertise includes developing and conducting community-based interventions and research initiatives and involving and partnering with community, specifically with people living with mental illness, addictions, trauma, and HIV. Her research examines sociocultural experiences and pathways to recovery in prevention and treatment.