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April 28 2021



Albert Fisher, Kelley Brown, Sarepta Archila - all of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

In this session, presenters will highlight the success of ACT as demonstrated by successful graduations and transitions into less intensive level of care. Georgia’s continuing stay criteria and methods for assessing readiness for transition to a less intensive level of care will be shared. Emphasis will be placed on the gradual transition process and warm hand-off with acknowledgement of the challenges and barriers that must be overcome to facilitate success. Data and success stories will motivate participants to take another look at how they prepare individuals for life beyond ACT.




Albert Fisher, Kelley Brown, Sarepta Archila- all of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Team Cohesion, Morale, Staff Retention, and Fidelity will be presented as inter-dependent themes. Data and examples will demonstrate that through intentional implementation of policy and practice, teams can grow in all four areas. Attention will be given to multicultural and intergenerational strategies to improve teamwork, satisfaction and outcomes. Participants will leave with immediately-actionable plans to improve their service delivery via improving one or more of these four key areas.


Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy  (CTR)


Albert Fisher, Kelley Brown, Sarepta Archila- all of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Ronda Taylor and Olga Maxwell- both of American Work, Inc.

Implementing Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) within ACT will illustrate how the state of Georgia’s mental health authority implemented a statewide training initiative to improve engagement with persons experiencing serious and persistent mental illness. Representatives from DBHDD (the authority) and ACT team leaders (the experts) will dialogue with participants via a panel discussion. Participants will gain knowledge of the basic tenets of CT-R and how this practice fits within the ACT model, across disciplines. Participants will hear success stories and challenges associated with both the implementation of a wide-scale training initiative and direct provision of the evidence-based practice. Questions and discussion of similar approaches will be encouraged.

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Conference Program and Registration:

Cost: Free for all staff on OAAF member teams. ($300 per person for non-members).

OAAF Virtual Conference Registration Form

Conference Dates: March 17 - July 14, 2021

Name: _________________________________________

Team name: ____________________________________

Team city: ______________________________________

ACT Staff____          FACT Staff____

Email address:__________________________________

(your Zoom link will be sent to this email address)

Registration deadline: April 30, 2021

Pre-registration is required for all participants.

(late registrations will only be accepted for new staff hired after this date)

Cost: Free for staff on OAAF member teams. $300 Canadian for all others.

Registration is for the entire conference. There is no single or per session fee or registration option.

Registrants are sent one Zoom link only (recurrent).

You must accept the ZOOM invitation/link in order to be able to participate.

Please email completed form to:

If your team is not an OAAF member team the conference cost is $300 per person.

Please mail your cheque to:  Wendy Black, 65 McDougall Dr., Barrie, ON   L4N 7H6

Please make cheque payable to the: Ontario Association for ACT & FACT


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