Community inclusion and participation (e.g., work, school, faith, leisure, volunteering, family and social relationships) is essential for the physical, cognitive, and mental health and wellness of people in recovery from substance use and mental health issues – always, and especially during a pandemic. This webinar will offer attendees background on the theories and research underlying this and discuss the importance of community spaces (e.g., colleges/universities, libraries, parks and recreational centers, faith communities, volunteer organizations) that are welcoming and embracing of these individuals to support their ability to participate in meaningful ways. Strategies for developing/enhancing a “Welcoming Washington State” will then be offered.
Speaker: Mark Salzer, Ph.D.
Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University. He is also the Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (www.tucollaborative.org), a research and training center that has been funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research since 2003.