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Breakout Session #2 [clear filter]
Saturday, October 17

1:55pm PDT

Adjusted Expectations: Embracing the Mess, Experiencing Hope!
Life is messy! At some point, we find ourselves in places we never expected, facing uncertain futures. Adjusted Expectations is a vulnerable telling of our family story and struggle with adverse realities outside our control, including mental illness, difficult relationships, deep disappointments, and devastating losses. Lean in and learn how you too can build resiliency, promote prevention, and make progress amid the mess. You will be encouraged and empowered to move from surviving to thriving. 


Lori Cloud

Advocate, Author, Chemical Dependency Professional and Life Coach, Tony Cloud Communications
Lori Cloud, is a Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional who provides recovery services to those seeking to overcome life-controlling problems.

Tony Cloud

Advocate, Author, Life Coach, and International Speaker, Tony Cloud Communications
Tony Cloud, is an international speaker and recognized as a top trainer by the National Council for Behavioral Health. He advocates for those living with mental illness, substance use disorders and justice involved backgrounds.

Saturday October 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm PDT
Session A Room https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrduqqqzkiH9x1j9K2JGdWppdNNOoXqTu-

1:55pm PDT

Creating a Mental Health System that can Help Everyone with a Holistic Foundation
We present stories of people who had to think outside of the box to find recovery, and did so. We offer a conversation on how our own stories might shine a light on what needs to change in the mental health system to help everyone, including marginalized communities


Aubrey Good

Mental Health and Prison Reform Advocate
Aubrey Good is a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder. She has been on a long, sometimes difficult, but always worthwhile journey toward mental wellness. Aubrey has spoken on multiple panels for organizations such as International Bipolar Foundation, The Quell Foundation... Read More →

Jesse Zook Mann

Emmy-Award Winning Television Producer and Mental Health Educator and Patient
Jesse Zook Mann is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on NBC, VICE, MTV, Al Jazeera, Discovery and Science. Over the past two decades, he has built a name for himself as a fearless director who is willing to explore his subjects’ stories with... Read More →

Nikki Lynette

NAMI Ambassador, Playwright, Artist
Nikki Lynette is a performer, writer, and visual artist whose individual style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. A Chicago native, she fuses mental health activism into her work and has created a lane that is uniquely her own. Her tunes have been featured in popular shows... Read More →

Broderick Sawyer, PhD

Psychologist and Meditation Instructor
Broderick Sawyer, PhD is a teacher, activist, and psychologist. Broderick has personally struggled with mental illness for most of his life, which was his motivation for seeking a degree in clinical psychology. While Broderick has engaged in traditional therapy on his own healing... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm PDT
Session D Room https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkce-vrDgvHNcabUOf1CGc-nR1jA13SsY5

1:55pm PDT

Mental Health & the Carceral System: A Conversation About Stigma, Criminalization and Imprisonment
This panel and workshop will address how mental illness and the prison system intersect. Mental illness is highly criminalized in our communities - especially for Black people and other people of color. This criminalization and stigma are made further blatant by the poor treatment of mental illness inside prisons. The panelists will speak from their lived and/or professional experience, having either spent time in Washington state jails and prisons or worked alongside those who have. Panelists will then ask participants to reflect in small groups. We’ll end with a share-out of thoughts and additional resources.


Kevin L. Allen, SUDPT

Student Assistant; Multi-Cultural Center, Post Prison Education Program; Bellevue College
Kevin L. Allen, SUDPT (he/him) was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorder in his 30’s. He has lived with co-occurring substance use disorder for over 40 years. In dealing with the disease, he has been in and out of inpatient mental health and substance rehabs along with multiple... Read More →

Steven Allgoewer

Chief Managing Officer, Black Prisoners' Caucus
Steven Allgoewer (he/him) is the Chief Managing Officer of the Black Prisoners’ Caucus and a Law, Economics & Public Policy student at the University of Washington. Steven has been diagnosed with bi polar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and borderline personality disorder, and was in prison... Read More →

Taylor Buck, MA

Director, Post Prison Education Program
Taylor Buck, M.A. (they/them) is the Director of Applicant & Student Services at the Post-Prison Education Program. Prior to PPEP, they did street-based work with queer and trans youth in Chicago, as well as housing-first work with women who were chronically houseless and diagnosed... Read More →

Rachael Seevers, JD

Attorney, Disability Rights Washington
Rachael Seevers, J.D. (she/her) joined Disability Rights Washington as an attorney in 2013 and has been a program attorney for DRW’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program since 2014. Her work with AVID focuses on individual and systemic advocacy in Washington’s... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm PDT
Session C Room https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu-uqTkrGt2-ccBUcTBOYATcG60UEhCw

1:55pm PDT

The Clubhouse Model: Recovery Through Work, School, Housing, Friendships
Hear from a Clubhouse member's first hand lived experience how their Clubhouse not only changed their life, but saved their life. Best practices in starting and sustaining a Clubhouse will be shared. Goals include providing tangible, takeaway steps to start a Clubhouse in your community with resources provided.


Jonathan R. Beard, LICSW

Project Manager/ Consultant/ Trainer, UW School of Medicine
Jonathan R. Beard, LICSW is a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience as a provider, supervisor and senior executive in nonprofit and governmental mental health and other human service agencies. Mr. Beard has an extensive history... Read More →

Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke, MA, CRC

Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke, MA, CRC, is the CEO of HERO House NW. Ms. Gohlke has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a faculty member of Clubhouse International. Under her 8-year long leadership, HERO House NW has expanded their capacity to serve more communities around... Read More →

Kim Rettig, M.Arch

Member, Bellevue Clubhouse
Kim Rettig, M.Arch. Born and raised in the Northwest, Kim was active in community groups, music and athletics. Art became her passion during college at the U of W, while majoring in Environmental Design and Architecture. In addition to school, Bipolar Disorder enveloped Kims life... Read More →

Jack Yatsko, MSW

COO, Clubhouse International
Jack Yatsko, MSW, COO, has been with Clubhouse International since 2002, and his career in mental health spans over 30 years. He began his Clubhouse career in Hawaii in 1989 at Friendship House, the first Clubhouse program in Hawaii. Jack works closely with our Training Bases and... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 1:55pm - 2:55pm PDT
Session B Room https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udu6ppj8sHdYi7Sd034MVnJ0w-6WEf2IH
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