WHAT WE'RE UP TO
Here at the Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC), we are always working on new and exciting things in the mental health field. Here are some recent projects and events us young adults have been involved in!
PARENT/PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY LEAGUE 2013 CONFERENCE
On May 31st, Tania and Greg attended the PPAL Conference in Malborough, MA. The conference was filled to capacity with 500 participants! We saw Marvin Alexander and Fletcher Wortmann speak about their experiences with their mental health and the systems they have to go through in their process of recovery. Their speeches and other workshops were very informational and intriguing! Needless to say, we'd go again next year! Want more information about the conference, visit the page on the PPAL website here!
PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH DAY
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On April 29th 2013, the young adults and other RTC staff attended the Psychiatry Research Day at the University of Massachusetts Medical School! We learned about the current research being done in the field of psychiatry! Check out the page for an idea of what happened and to see a video that highlights innovations at UMass!
INNOVATIONS IN RESEARCH: LIVED EXPERIENCE LEADING THE WAY
On Thursday, March 14th, Amanda and Tania and others from the Transitions RTC went to the Department of Mental Health's Centers of Excellence Conference in Boston, MA. Since the conference was about "Innovations in Research: Lived Experience Leading the Way," Amanda and Tania were asked to present on the research project that they and the other young adults have been working on about young adults with mental health conditions in college. If you want to see more about our findings so far, click here for the actual PowerPoint presentation!
In December 2012, Maryann Davis, PhD, director of the Transitions RTC, and Gillian, one of our young adult staff, went to Washington, D.C. They visited and presented to the staff of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The following day, Maryann Davis and Gillian talked to representatives of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They had a wonderful time seeing the city and enjoyed sharing new research and resources to help young adults with serious mental health conditions achieve their goals in school and employment!
THE OPENING OF THE NEW WORCESTER RECOVERY CENTER HOSPITAL
On Thursday, August 16th, the Project Assistants here at the Transitions RTC went to witness the opening of the New Worcester Recovery Center. The modern and bright look of the massive facility was certainly refreshing to see. Let's face it: not many mental health hospitals are equipped with downtown areas and houses instead of units! It even has it's own chapel with stained glass windows that young adults with serious mental health conditions made! As the governor of Massachusetts says in this video, mental health staff and patients "deserve this facility!!"