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What Can We Learn from The History of the Recovery Advocacy Community?

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Date August 4, 2021
Time 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


The recovery advocacy community has come a long way since the first summit in St. Paul, MN in 2001. As we take the time to recognize the determination, grit, and incredible strides our field has made over the past 20 years, it is equally as important to acknowledge that there is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us. It has been said that those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. Join us for this FREE, one hour-long discussion with two of the nation’s leading recovery historians as we discuss key moments, untold stories of successes and failures, and learn about hidden figures who have helped drive change against seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Kristen Harper, Director of Recovery Innovations, Faces & Voices of Recovery


Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant for the behavioral health field. He presents frequently on a range of topics, including culturally competent service delivery, recovery-oriented systems of care, and the treatment of adolescents and emerging adults. Mark is also the CEO of On The MarkConsulting, the founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery, and the co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. The author of five books on behavioral health, Mark’s work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and British Islands.

William Stauffer, LSW, CCS, CADC, has been the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO●A), the statewide recovery organization of Pennsylvania since 2012. He is in long-term recovery since age 21 and has been actively engaged in public policy in the recovery arena for most of those years. Mr. Stauffer is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Cedar Crest College, and Kutztown University. He is also an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania. He is co-chair of the public policy committee for Faces & Voices of Recovery and the 2019 recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award Individual Recovery Advocate of the year. Bill is currently running a recovery champions blog series for Recovery Review, chronicling the first recovery summit, hosted in 2001, in St. Paul, Minnesota.


This webinar series is sponsored by Alkermes.