Keynote Speakers Beth Macy By Javier Baltazar | February 24, 2023 Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author Read More... Stephen Loyd, MD By Javier Baltazar | February 24, 2023 Chief Medical Officer, Cedar Recovery Read More... Dr. Felecia Pullen By Chris Aram | May 30, 2023 President & CEO, Let's Talk SAFETY, Inc. Read More... Presentation Overview The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) members and non-members are invited to submit presentation proposals for 1-hour sessions. Faces & Voices of Recovery encourages professionals specializing in addiction and co-occurring disorders from diverse organizations and disciplines to submit their proposal! Benefits of Presenting Expand Presenters will receive free conference registration. Promotion of your name and credentials on our website and in all electronic marketing materials, where appropriate. Recognition of your expertise by Faces & Voices of Recovery and by other industry professionals. Networking opportunities. Presenter Eligibility Expand To be considered, presenters must: Have professional qualifications in good standing with their professional regulatory board (if applicable) Possess the subject matter expertise necessary to present on a topic effectively Have experience in training in the subject of the session. Terminology Usage Expand Faces & Voices of Recovery request that presenters refrain from using stigmatizing terminology. Examples include: Instead of "addict" please use "person with a substance use disorder" Instead of "alcoholic" please use "person with an alcohol use disorder" Instead of "drug/substance abuse" please use "substance use disorder" Instead of "clean" use "not actively using substances" or "in recovery" Session Focus Areas We encourage new voices and emerging recovery leaders who represent and are spearheading changes to recovery spaces, the recovery movement, and recovery systems to submit proposals. Please note that all proposals will be assessed with a social justice lens for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Advocacy & Outreach (AO) Expand To ensure recovery is accessible and equitable, our actions and advocacy must have an impactful voice to effect long-term change. Participation from all levels of the community, including people who use drugs, people in recovery, and those who support them is essential to lowering barriers to recovery support and creating inclusive spaces and programs. For this focus area, presenters may cover topics related to state or federal policy and advocacy, community outreach and civic engagement, advocacy efforts that are inclusive and just, and skills-building for successful advocacy. Leadership Development (LD) Expand Supporting and building leadership skills among staff and community members is key to the success and growth of any organization. Identifying, cultivating and celebrating new leaders of all backgrounds and experiences is a fundamental part of continuing to advance the recovery movement. Presenters are encouraged to submit creative ideas to address organizational capacity building such as board development, organizational policies & procedures, supporting effective partnerships, utilizing participatory processes for change, data collection and reporting, and systems improvement. Recovery Innovations (RI) Expand The recovery movement is in a time of growth, innovation, and change. However, recent research notes continued stigma surrounding substance use disorders, persistent racial & socioeconomic inequities within recovery spaces and funding opportunities, and disparate outcomes among rates of recovery for poly-substance use. This focus area will highlight ways to grow, transform, and inspire new systems. Presenters are encouraged to address innovative program ideas and expanding viewpoints that are forward-thinking and challenge us to be more inclusive and to grow as a movement. Topics may include new technology, innovative programs & delivery, peer integration, alternative pathways, etc. Organizational Wellness & Sustainability (OWS) Expand Evaluating and maintaining organizational wellness and sustainability are important to the legacy and longevity of an organization. Healthy organizations cultivate a transparent and positive work environment for employees while offering healing and building bridges for all people and communities. Topics in this focus area may include addressing compassion fatigue, employee wellness, organizational succession planning and financial sustainability. Harm Reduction (HR) Expand Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) Expand Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and peers have developed creative approaches to peer recovery support services (PRSS) with a desire to be more inclusive and meet diverse needs related to gender, ethnicity, and rural equity, among others. We encourage presenters to think outside the traditional PRSS delivery box and consider topics around progressive development and delivery of PRSS, such as peer ethics, peer supervision, role clarity working within systems of care, and building rapport and skills like motivational interviewing. Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (J-DEI) Expand The recovery movement, born out of a need for advocacy for equitable rights and access to services free of stigma or shame, has grown into a social justice outcry for more inclusion of people who have been and, in some cases, continue to be unseen and unheard in recovery spaces. Having inclusive systems of care and communities free of racism with services to meet diverse needs, and where all people can thrive and reach their own full potential, is necessary to diminish disparities in recovery spaces among the services offered, the peer workforce, and recovery community organization (RCO) leadership. Some examples of topics in this focus area include diversity, outreach to communities that distrust systems, and social justice solutions for discrimination and prejudices in recovery spaces.