Community Inclusion Forum to be held at DelVal

May 03, 2012

A forum focusing on community inclusion for people with psychiatric disabilities will be held in the Student Center at Delaware Valley College on Thursday, May 24 from 8:30-noon.

The event is being co-sponsored by: The Bucks County Behavioral Health System, Bucks County Department of Mental Health/Developmental Programs, Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley College.

“This event is a great opportunity for people to come together to promote wellness. I hope many of our students will participate in this event,” said DelVal Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen. “Through internships, our students interact with many of these organizations. This is another exciting opportunity to get everyone in the same room to discuss these important issues.”

Delaware Valley College counseling psychology students, mental health agency CEOs, executive directors, program directors/managers and clinical directors representing psychiatric rehabilitation, outpatient, case management, peer support and residential departments are encouraged to attend.

“The information presented will provide a solid framework for agencies to begin moving forward in helping people become part of the larger community, which will enhance their recovery,” said Bucks County Behavioral Health Adult Services Specialist Sylvia Gentry, a licensed clinical social worker who is helping to plan the event.

The event is free, but participants are required to register online by May 21. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Participants will come away with a general understanding of the philosophy and principles of community inclusion and the processes and practices for making community inclusion a reality. 

The day will feature two presenters, Dr. Mark Salzer, the director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a research and training center, and Mr. Thomas Lane, national director of Consumer and Recovery Services for Magellan Health Services.

“Both of our speakers have received national recognition for their important work in community inclusion,” said Gentry.

Dr. Salzer has done extensive research on identifying and eliminating barriers to full community inclusion in areas such as: work, school, intimate relationships, spirituality, friendships and parenting. He has also done research on developing effective community and peer support systems for people with mental health issues.

Mr. Lane has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. He has worked to develop peer-run projects, promoting self-help and peer support as essential to recovery. He has also assisted various state and county mental health systems regarding peer support, involvement initiatives, and social inclusion.

The college has partnered with the local mental health community to present other events including a diversity conference and a conference focused on youth, which students were able to participate in.

“This information will be very useful to counseling psychology students particularly those interested in working in community mental health,” said Gentry.

Register: The event is free, but registration is required. To register for this forum, please visit


Event Schedule:


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.           Registration

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.           Welcome and Introductions

9:10 – 9:50 a.m.           Opening Orientation: “Philosophy Underlying Community
                                        Inclusion and How It Relates to Recovery,” presented by Dr. Mark Salzer

9:50 –10:30 a.m.           “Principles of Community Inclusion Programs” presented by Dr. Mark Salzer

10:30 –10:45 a.m.         Break

10:45 –11:15 a.m.        “Community Inclusion Transformation Process & Including People in the
                                         Planning Process,” presented by Thomas Lane

11:15 –noon                 “Practices and Program Examples,” presented by Dr. Mark Salzer