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Bringing Change to Minds


2016 Mental Health Summit 

Latest Truths and Treatments

Friday, August 26, 2016


Cliff Castle Casino Conference Center

555 W. Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde AZ

Register Online Today!

Sponsored By

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

Thanks to our partners: Spectrum Healthcare Group, Health Choice Integrated Care


8:30-9AM                                      Registration/Networking/Coffee

9:00-9:15                                      Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:30                                    Keynote Speaker – Robert Whitaker

“Challenges in Today’s Mental Health System”

Robert Whitaker is a journalist and author of five books. His latest, Psychiatry Under the Influence, written with co-author Lisa Cosgrove, was published in April 2015. Much of his writing has focused on psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry, and medical histories. His first book, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002, while the American Library Association named it one of the best history books of that year. His subsequent book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe on psychiatric research was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

10:30-10:45                                     Break

10:45-12:15                               PANEL #1“Coming Out the Other Side, Recovered: How Did it Happen?”

                                          3 panelists share their stories of recovery: Lori Morrison, Laura Delano, Catherine Penney

12:15-1:00                                       Lunch (included)

1:00-2:00                                         Keynote Speaker – Dr. Grace Jackson

“Are We Treating Essential Causes As Well as We Should?”

Dr. Grace Jackson is a board certified psychiatrist who graduated summa cum laude from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She earned her Medical Degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1996 and completed her internship and residency while in the U. S. Navy. Following her service as a staff psychiatrist at Bethesda Naval Hospital, she worked in the North Carolina prison system. Dr. Jackson has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, and has testified as an expert witness in forced medication trials. She was Director of the Behavioral Health Unit at verde Valley medical center and now has a private practice in Cottonwood, AZ.

2:00-3:15                                           “Innovative Approaches to Healing Mental Illness”

                                                   Dr. Courtney Keckich, Jana Shiloh, Jeff Masters, Suzanne Connolly, Kermit Cole

3:15                                                  Closing Comments/Adjournment

$25 includes lunch. To Register online –

or contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135,