2011 Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals "3 Peas in a Pod: People, Purpose, and Passion"

April 14-15, 2011 - Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Keynote Presenters

Chuck LesterChuck Lester, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, completed his doctorate from a program approved by the American Psychological Association at the University of Northern Colorado. He was raised in rural Illinois and moved from Colorado to Alaska in 1986 (which he is quick to tell you has been one of the best decisions of his life). 

Chuck is an avid outdoorsman, who truly enjoys and actively participates in our uniquely Alaskan life-style through hunting, fishing, snow-machining, etc. 

Since his arrival in Alaska he has worked extensively with individuals experiencing a wide range of behavioral and emotional challenges. He has served as clinical and behavioral consultant for many different human service agencies and school districts throughout Alaska.

Chuck is one of the founding owners of Psychology Resources, PC in Anchorage, and he is very clinically active in parenting support, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. He is an adjunct faculty member for the psychology department at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was the founder/first director of the master’s degree program in counseling psychology at Alaska Pacific University.

Chuck has also spent the past ten years conducting research and program development in the area of occupational emotional health for those who work within the human services field at Hope Community Resources. His efforts helped Hope receive the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the Alaska Psychological Association, and they also received a highly competitive national award from the American Psychological Association for Best Practice for the various monthly emotional wellness seminars that Hope has implemented for the past ten years.

Roy SchellerDr. Roy T. Scheller has been associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 35 years. His undergraduate academic background is in the field of Social Anthropology, while his doctorate is in the field of Sociology with a focus on community level social capital development. While learning greatly from his Alaskan experiences and from the people associated with him, Roy has developed a culturally sensitive planning process referred to as ‘Finding the Essence’ of a person. He has carried out numerous ethnographic projects in a variety of international communities, as well as the development and organization for intentional community living. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Hope Community Resources, located in Alaska.

Larry FricksLarry Fricks currently serves as the Director of the Appalachian Consulting Group and Deputy Director of the SAMHSA/HSRA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. For 13 years Larry was Georgia’s Director of the Office of Consumer Relations and Recovery in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases. He is a founder of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network that now has some 4,000 members and a founder of Georgia’s Peer Specialist Training and Certification. He served on the Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Carter Center Mental Health Journalism Fellowships.

Larry has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and has won journalism awards from the Associated Press, the Georgia Press Association and Gannett Newspapers. He is the 1995 recipient of the Clifford W. Beers Award given annually by Mental Health America and the 2001 recipient of the American Association for World Health Award for significant contributions to improving community mental health. In 2004 he received the Recovery Award from International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services and in 2008 the Lifetime Achievement Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the development and adoption of multiple innovative, recovery-oriented programs and services. Larry’s recovery story and life’s work to support the recovery of others was published by HarperCollins in the New York Time’s best-selling book Strong at the Broken Places by Richard M. Cohen and was featured on the Today Show in 2008.

Mary O'HaganMary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the mental health service user movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s, and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She was a Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary is now an international consultant in mental health. She has written and spoken extensively on user and survivor perspectives in many countries, and has been an international leader in the development of the recovery approach.

Presenter Materials

Deborah Stamm

Wise Ways for Care Providers & Leaders (PDF 682KB)

Jan Hinde & Lisa Cauble

Alaskan Core Competencies for Direct Care Workers in Health and Human Services (PDF 608KB)

The Alaskan Core Competencies Comparison Tool (PDF 251KB)

Alaskan Core Competencies Logbook (PDF 222KB)

Jenny Moore, Stacey Phillips, & Julie Mettler

Hope Studios (PDF 170KB)

Jim Gottstein

Current Mental Health Treatment: Is it Rational? Is it Legal? (PDF 513KB)

Involuntary Commitment and Forced Psychiatric Drugging in the Trial Courts: Rights Violations as a Matter of Course (PDF 335KB)

Kara Thrasher-Livingston

Person Centered Support - What Does it Mean to Me? (PDF 495KB)

Person Centered Service (PDF 188KB)

Karen Heath

Building Social Networks Strategies for Success (PDF 3.2MB)

Lisa Cauble & Aiko Willborg

Indecently Exposed with Jan Elliott - Discussion Points (PDF 77KB)

Indecently Exposed with Jan Elliott - handout (PDF 78KB

Sue Zahnd

The Balancing Act: Positive Relationships/Professional Boundaries (PDF 50KB)

Ingathering Activity (PDF 30KB)

Relationship Based Service - The Challenge: Maintaining Professional Boundaries (PDF 64KB)

Professional Boundaries in Direct Care (PDF 3MB)

The MINUSes when Relationships are Weak and/or Boundaries are Crossed or Fuzzy (PDF 47KB)

Event Data

  • 357 participants
  • 50% of participants were Direct Service Professionals

Sponsors and Supporters

Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Alaska Peer Support Consortium • Center for Human Development: UAA • Center for Psychosocial Development • Fairbanks Resource Agency • Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education • The Stone Soup Group • Trust Training Cooperative

Silent Auction Contributors

Casey Bywater • CPD Team • Denise Hardesty • Donna Redding • Jan Hinde • Jan Westfall • Justin Scott • Karen Garcia • Karla Morreira • Larry Roberts • Laurel Carnahan • Lorraine Trask • Nikki Kinne • Roxy Lamar • Research Team at CHD • Sherrie Wilson • The Look • TTC Team at CHD • Vivavoom Brr-lesque • WIN for Alaska
Contact Full Lives

Raelynn Smith
(907) 264-6244

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
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