Pat's Experience in Vocational and Employment Activities

PATRICK ALAN RISSER
1530 10th Street
West Linn, OR 97068-4633
(503) 655-2530
Fax: (208) 248-7179
Email: parisser@att.net



EDUCATION

University of Denver Law School, Denver, Colorado (1983-1984)
B.A.
- Philosophy/Psychology, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1981)
Training for "Trainers" - Training in Professional Presentation Skills, University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California, (1995)
certificate
- Vocational Financial/Disability Benefits Analyst Specialist, DisAbility Works, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado (1991)
certificate
- Supported Employment in Mental Health, Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, Lakewood, Colorado (1990)
certificate
- How to Make Social Security Work for You, Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, Lakewood, Colorado (1990)
continuing education
- Over 500 hours of continuing education contact hours in mental health and related fields (1987 - present)

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

SELF-EMPLOYED CONSULTANT
Mental Health Consumer/Human Rights Advocate, Social Activist, Philosopher. Work as Consultant and Technical Assistant for various projects. Pursue activist causes such as psychiatric survivor rights, anti-stigma campaigns, disabled peoples rights, benefits and entitlements. Present to audiences on topics ranging from employment to housing to civil rights to empowerment.

CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:

* UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation Administration, San Francisco, California
Consultant. Provide trainings in "Career Planning and Goal Setting (Consumer Directed)," "Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including psychopharmacologic issues)," "Client Directed Services," "PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System," "Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy," all based upon Core Curriculum Values and Philosophy.

* PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, Portland, Oregon
Consulted with the Regional Research Institute on developing a fidelity scale for the IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus) supported employment model. Developed a model which incorporates IPS Supported Employment, PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment), Supported Housing, and which fully respects client choice.

* NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL), Arlington, Virginia
Consulted on developing and expanding the model for successfully adding and integrating consumer providers onto PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) teams.

* INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES (IAPSRS)
Subject Matter Expert for the IAPSRS Certification Test Development Project. Participant on the Role Delineation/ Content Validation Panel for the design of the Certification/Competency test for certification as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.

* CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL REHABILITATION AGENCIES (CASRA), Sacramento, California
Consultant in the development of a training curriculum for certification of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Practitioners.

O.F.F.I.C.E. (Office For Family Involvement and Client Empowerment), Martinez, California
Volunteer technical assistant, paid project co-coordinator and independent contractor/consultant. Helped develop the concept and design for a program to train mental health clients to work in the mental health system as providers of services. Co-designed and created the curriculum and co-facilitated/taught mental health consumers in an intensive ten week fast track program format. Topics covered included symptom management, benefits, systems and advocacy, peer counseling, networking, today's mental health system, paperwork, diagnostic labels, medications, case management, the disabled rights movement and the mental health consumer rights movement. Participated in the education, outreach and sensitivity increasing activities necessary to gain key endorsements of the program by County Mental Health Administration, County and Contract mental health staff, local family member groups, local communities, local community college systems and local consumer networks among others. Worked on various other aspects involved with a program this size including fund raising, job development, on-the-job supports and continuing education. Have taught this training three times and trained others as trainers for the program.

THE PHOENIX PROJECT, INC., Colorado
Was one of the founders and original incorporators for this project to start and maintain consumer operated businesses. Served on the Board of Directors and as technical assistant. Performed fundraising, grant writing, policy and business plan development as part of a personal service contract.

SANFORD ROSE AND ASSOCIATES, Cleveland, Ohio
Employment Counselor - recruited and matched potential employees with potential employers through this professional placement agency

ARAPAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORK/STUDY POSITIONS, Littleton, Colorado
* G.E.D. Representative for Arapahoe Community with Colorado Employment and Training Act for Carpenters Union Apprenticeship Program
* G.E.D. Representative for Arapahoe Community College (testing and evaluation) at Fort Logan State Mental Hospital Adolescent Units
* Math Lab - Established and administered tutorial program (basic math through calculus); established tutorial program for special needs students (those who were blind or had other handicapping conditions)
* Counselor Aide - Administered orientation processing including placement and advisory tests
* Records and Admissions Clerk - Assisted in evaluation and processing of new student applications
* Biology Lab - Lab Assistant
* G.E.D. Lab - Teaching Assistant; assessed students educational and emotional needs through various testing mechanisms and then taught students to overcome any identified deficiencies thus raising the students' level of competence and confidence sufficiently high for them to obtain a G.E.D. covering topics ranging from science, math, reading, writing and social studies
* English Lab - Teaching Assistant; assisted in all areas of teaching from testing and evaluation to administration to implementation of direct teaching methodology primarily through direct individual tutoring in topics ranging from basic spelling to word, sentence and paragraph structure to advanced paper writing
* Reading Lab - Teaching assistant; assisted in all areas of teaching from testing and evaluation to administration to implementation of direct teaching methodology primarily through direct individual tutoring in topics ranging from basic word comprehension to etymology through advanced speed reading

THE COLORADO COLLEGE, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Continued working as teaching assistant and tutor in same areas as at
Arapahoe Community College

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

10/06 Effective Supervision of Peer Case Management - This workshop discussed issues for supervisors. Supervisors have often been promoted to their position without benefit of any formal training. Problems can arise when untrained supervisors confuse their role as supervisor with their previous role as therapist/case manager. Role confusion can become more complicated when supervising consumers/survivors who have not yet developed full roles within the provider agency. Presented at the 2006 National Association of Case Management (NACM) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

9/06 Recovery: Hopes and Dreams of Real Transformation - Keynote presentation at the 20th Annual Statewide Mental Health Consumer Conference hosted by Knowledge Empowers You (KEY) in Indianapolis, Indiana

7/06 Recovery: Hopes and Dreams of Real Transformation - Keynote presentation at the Fourth Annual ≥Celebration Recovery≤ Conference of the Ohio Adult Recovery Network in Akron, Ohio

12/05 To Be A Mental Patient - Keynote presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Mental Health Association of Collier County in Naples, Florida

6/05 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2005 National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5/05 Disconnect: Changing Social Relations and Combating the Psychology of War - The present war mentality focuses on 'getting evil to behave', on producing conformity to "globalized" society. Along a similar path, we must find a means of attending to the problem of moving mental health from a 'mental disease' concept to a 'democratic dialogue' (Gergen) and to do so we must deconstruct the social basis of that "replacement" psychology. We must target turning the deficit-based behavioral medicine paradigm into an asset-based trauma work collaborative. This workshop was focused on how to build tools for constructing dialogue between the "client/survivor" movement and psychologists and counselors on the basis of social justice and enhanced mutual respect beyond what generally obtains now. Veteran activists engaged participants in a roundtable style conversation. Presented at the 2005 Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice conference. Portland, Oregon

5/05 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - This workshop identified several different forms of oppression, discrimination and trauma related to mental health treatment with an exploration of how and why these occur. Mentalism and prognostication, as well as mentalism as it relates to psychotropic medications, physical environment, and language were covered. In addition, the consumer/survivor perspective of decontextualization was explored. The workshop will concluded with a discussion of how to overcome problems of mentalist attitudes. Presented at the 2005 Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice conference. Portland, Oregon

1/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Portland, Oregon

1/05 Effective Communication with Mental Health Consumer/Survivors - Presentation to Oregon State Department of Health Services Reception Staff. Hillsboro, Oregon

11/03 Critical Connections - A professional/consumer panel interacting with each other and the audience to enhance case management and consumer case management practice and mutual respect and understanding. Presented this plenary session as a panelist at the National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference. Nashville, Tennessee

10/03 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - Presented at: Celebrate Wellness IV: A Statewide Conference Promoting the Health and Wellness of Oregonians with Disabilities. Portland, Oregon

10/03 Risser, Pat (2004). Barriers to Self-Determination for People who have been Identified as Having Mental Illness in Western Society - In UIC NRTC's National Self-Determination and Psychiatric Disability Invitational Conference: Conference Papers (J. Jonikas & J. Cook, Eds.), pp. 209-230., Chicago, IL: UIC National Research & Training Center on Psychiatric Disability. Available online at (UIC_NRTC)

6/03 Consult on Mental Health Courts - Met with and provided consultation to representative from Yamhill County regarding Mental Health Courts and how to keep them from becoming oppressive toward those whom they are designed to serve. Lake Oswego, Oregon

5/03 Solving the Problems of Mentalism: Recognizing and Overcoming Treatment Induced Oppression, Discrimination and Trauma - Presentation at National Association of Social Workers-Oregon Chapter, annual conference. Tualatin, Oregon

3/03 Developing a Statewide Mental Health Trauma Policy - Presentation at the 9th National and 2nd International Conference on the Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities. Riverside, California

11/03 Critical Connections - A professional/consumer panel interacting with each other and the audience to enhance case management and consumer case management practice and mutual respect and understanding. Presented this plenary session as a panelist at the National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference in Nashville, Tennessee

11/02 Consumers as Case Managers from Different Perspectives - Presented this workshop as a panelist at the National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference in Washington, D.C.

10/02 Hints and Tips on Effective Presentations - Presented each of five evenings at the "Fall Institute on Self-Determination" (An Activity of the Real Choice Systems Change Project of the Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Service). Topics included: Assertiveness; Stress Management; Use of Multi-Media; Ice-Breakers; Reading and Connecting with an Audience and Role Play. Portland, Oregon

10/02 Employment as a Critical Element of Consumer/Survivor Self-Determination - Half-day intensive learning module presented at the "Fall Institute on Self-Determination" (An Activity of the Real Choice Systems Change Project of the Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Service). Portland, Oregon

9/02 Introduction to Peer and Self-Advocacy - Two day training presented to consumer/survivors at Circle of Hope Drop-In Center in Corvallis, Oregon

8/02 Starting and Governing a Consumer Operated Drop-In Center - Training presented on behalf of OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance) to consumer/ survivors from Sweet Home Drop-In in Albany, Oregon, from On Our Own Drop-In in Albany, Oregon and from Circle of Hope Drop-In in Corvalllis, Oregon

4/02 Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure and Assure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance - Co-Authored with Robert Paulson, Rachel Post and Heidi Herinckx. Abstract: Fidelity scales have become an accepted part of intervention research. Initially, fidelity scales focused on critical components of an intervention. In this paper we argue that the next generation of fidelity scales should include key process variables such as choice. Since choice is an essential element in all empowerment and recovery driven intervention models, a fidelity scale for an enhanced version of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment model that incorporates choice as a fundamental component was developed as part of a SAMHSA community action grant. The process for developing the choice component and the dimensions measured are also described. Community Mental Health Journal, 38 (2): 119-128, April 2002

1/02 Meaningful inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities in White House decision making on mental health issues, better enforcement of civil rights laws and support for the national expansion of peer-run service approaches - Co-Presented to President Bush Domestic Policy Advisors in Washington, D.C.

5/01 Roles of Partners in Recovery - Co-Presented this workshop on the roles of various important people necessary to build a recovery oriented public mental health system at the CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) 2001 conference in Walnut Creek, California

4/01 Consumers as Colleagues: When Consumers become Co-Workers - Co-Presented this workshop about "consumers" in the mental health workforce at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's "In the Public Interest: Strategies and Solutions for Tomorrow" Annual Training Conference in Portland, Oregon

11/00 The Consumer Perspective on Recovery and the Value of Work with the IPS+ Program - Full day training presented to Washington and Multnomah County IPS+ (Individualized Placement and Support) providers who are part of start-up, pilot projects to provide intensive case management and supported employment services. Presented in Portland, Oregon

10/00 Consumer/Providers from Different Perspectives - Co-Presented on this workshop panel to look at issues regarding consumers as providers. This panel blended together the different perspectives of individuals who have had experience in either hiring or being a consumer/provider at the Eighth National Case Management Conference sponsored by the NACM (National Association of Case Management) in Kansas City, Missouri

8/00 Choosing Meaningful Employment: The IPS+ Model - Co-Presented this workshop at "Voices of Hope" conference (Oregon consumer/survivors second annual conference) sponsored by OCTA (Oregon Consumer Technical Assistance). IPS+ is Individual Placement and Support Plus, a Supported Employment Model. Presented in Portland, Oregon

4/00 Beyond Components: Using Fidelity Scales to Measure Choice in Program Implementation and Quality Assurance - Co-Presented this workshop on IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus), Fidelity Scales and Consumer Choice at "Building on Family Strengths" (A National Conference on Research and Services in Support of Children and Their Families) in Portland, Oregon

9/99 Changing Our Minds: A Conversation About Work and Our Mental Health - Panelist at workshop with OCTA (Office of Consumer Technical Assistance) and IPS+ (Individual Placement and Support Plus) in a town hall style discussion about employment and its impact on mental health in West Linn, Oregon

1998 Risser, P. (1998). In Solomon, M., Jonikas, J., Cook, J., Kerouac, J. (Eds.) Positive partnerships: How consumers and nonconsumers can work together as service providers. Chicago: National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability.

6/98 Consumer-Directed Planning & Career Development for People with Psychiatric Disabilities - As faculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, "Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a Values-Based Curriculum for Serving People with Psychiatric Disabilities, to Sutter/Yuba Counties Mental Health Services in Marysville, California -- Also presented "Career Counseling and Goal Planning (Consumer Directed)" in 3/97 in San Diego, California in 11/96 in San Ramon, California; 5/96 in Orange, Davis, Fairfield and San Bernardino, California; in 4/96 in Phoenix, Arizona; in 2/96 in San Ramon, California; in 6/95 in Pomona, Fresno, Madera, Eureka, and Riverside California; in 5/95 in Orange, California; in 2/95 in San Ramon, California; in 1/95 in Orange, California; in 4/94 in Orange, California; in 2/94 in Los Angeles, California and in 1/94 in San Ramon, California

4/96 Psychiatric Disabilities & Assessment of Abilities (including Psychopharmacologic Issues) - Asfaculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, "Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a Values-Based Curriculum for Serving People with Psychiatric Disabilities, San Diego, California

4/96 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at graduate student training for The Union Institute, San Francisco, California

10/95 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

7/95 Training and Career Development (for Mental Health Consumer/Providers) - Co- facilitated workshop at "Working the System: Comparing & Sharing Experiences with Peers" Conference in Denver, Colorado

6/95 PsychoSocial Rehabilitation Values and Philosophy in a Consumer Directed System - As faculty, facilitator/consultant, co-presented/trained as part of University of San Francisco's "Generating Employment Opportunities" contract with the California State Departments of Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation, Building Employment and Community Connections" program, a values based curriculum for serving people with psychiatric disabilities, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria California

5/95 Mental Health Client Work Force Training - Co-presented at JOBS NOW: Meaningful Employment of Clients in Public Mental Health, Oakland, California (Also served on the Conference Planning Committee)

4/95 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) Annual Conference, Oakland, California

4/95 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at the Tenth Annual Wealth of Health Conference, San Mateo, California

3/95 Assessment and Planning in a Consumer Directed System: Values and Philosophy - Faculty/Consultant with University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, Department of Rehabilitation presentation to Future of the State Hospitals Task Force; Assessment Work Group, South San Francisco, California

12/94 The O.F.F.I.C.E. Program for Training Mental Health Consumers to Work in Public Mental Health - Co-presented at graduate student training for The Union Institute, Tiburon, California

6/94 The Americans with Disabilities Act and It's Implications for People with Mental Disabilities - Presentation to The Alliance for Mentally Ill of Contra Costa, Concord, California

5/94 Clients in the Mental Health System Workforce: Pro's and Con's of Clients Working in the Mental Health Field - Presentation at the Sonoma County Client Empowerment Training Part II, Consumer Speak Up Conference: Clients Networking for Real Change, Santa Rosa, California

4/94 Employing Consumers as Mental Health Providers: Is It Possible? - Presentation at California State Conference; Empowering the Mental Health Community: Real Options for Rehabilitation. Sacramento, California (presentation was also made in Fresno, California in March, 1994)

4/94 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

8/93 Hiring of Consumers Within the Public Mental Health System: Is It Possible? (Peer Support for Consumer/Ex-Patient/Survivor Service Providers) - Presentation at Alternatives '93 Conference, Columbus, Ohio

5/93 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Additional topic; Stigma from the client perspective. Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

3/93 Social Security Work Incentives - Presentation for National Teleconference Project based in Lawrence, Massachusetts

11/92 Disability Benefits Analysis: Social Security Work Incentives Programs - Presentation at 11th Annual Conference on the Rights of Persons with Psychiatric Labels or Developmental Disabilities sponsored by NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy). Kansas City, Missouri

5/92 Planning a Community Based System: A Consumer Directed Program - The Colorado Model of the Colorado Consumer Case Manager Program - Presentation to Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology, Concord, California

4/92 The Contra Costa Network of Mental Health Clients, plans for a consumer run drop-in center and ways churches and consumers can interact to provide support for people with severe emotional problems provide better community education and outreach to combat stigma. Presentation to Martinez Ministerial Association, Martinez, California

2/92 Consultant to "Self Help Live" panel. This live national closed circuit broadcast was a presentation on "Employment" including areas on the ADA, Reasonable Accommodation, SSI Work Incentives, Public and Private Sector Employment and How to Find and Keep a Job

2/92 Consumers Working in Mental Health - Presentation at 9th Annual Consumer Speaks Conference, Sacramento, California

10/91 Disability Benefits Analysis: Social Security Work Incentives and Their Impact on Other Benefits Systems - Presentation at 10th Annual Conference on the Rights of Persons with Psychiatric Labels or Developmental Disabilities sponsored by NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy). Austin, Texas

8/91 Transition from Client to Advocate: From Receiving Services to Giving Services - Presentation as part of an Advocacy Workshop at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

8/91 Consumer Case Management - Presentation at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

8/91 Consumers as Service Providers: Overcoming the Barriers - Presentation at Alternatives `91 Conference, Berkeley, California

9/90 Consumers Work - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

9/90 Overcoming Obstacles in Consumer Empowerment - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

9/90 Mental Health Consumers as Service Providers - Presentation at First Annual National Case Management Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

7/90 Work and Other Methods to Achieving Self-Sufficiency - Presentation at Hearthstone Day Treatment Program, Denver, Colorado

7/90 The Phoenix Project: Empowerment Through Employment and Other Consumer- Run Alternatives - Presentation at Alternatives `90 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10/89 The Consumer Case Manager Program in Colorado - Presentation at Regional CSP Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

6/88 Developing Supported Employment for CMI Clients: The Nuts and Bolts - Presentation at workshop featuring Andrea Blanche, Denver, Colorado

3/87 The Self Defeat of Perfectionism - Presentation to the first class of Consumer Case Manager Aide Trainees, Denver, Colorado

AWARDS


* 10/00 National Association of Case Management XCEL Award as the Consumer Case Manager of the Year in recognition of years of leadership and training in the field of Case Management. Presented at their annual national conference in Kansas City, Missouri
* 6/95 Appreciation Award from first class of graduates of Solano County Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training Class, Fairfield, California
* 12/94 Appreciation Award from second class of graduates of Contra Costa Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training Class, Pleasant Hill, California
* 4/94 Certificate of Appreciation from first graduates of Contra Costa Mental Health Consumer Service Provider Training class, Concord, California
* 12/93 Certificate of Appreciation presented by Mental Health Consumer Concerns, Inc., California
* 5/91 Outstanding Lifetime Service Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 12/90 Special Recognition Award presented by The Phoenix Project, Colorado
* 5/90 Outstanding Leadership Award presented by SCCORE, Colorado
* 4/90 Certificate of Appreciation presented by Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill
* 10/89 Communications Award in a Print Medium presented by the Mental Health Association of Colorado for concept and production of first statewide mental health consumer newsletter
* 7/89 Plaque in Appreciation of Service presented by Bethesda Community Mental Health Center Advisory Board, Colorado
* 6/88 Letter of Appreciation presented by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for 1988 National Conference participation and leadership, Colorado