State Conference in September 2019

DBSA WV held its annual state conference including peer support/facilitator training at St. John the 23rd Pastoral Center in Charleston, WV on September 26th and 27th, 2019.  Participants from six counties attended the two day event.  Training, which was provided by BBHHF included Mental Health First Aid and Person Centered Care and Considerations by Dave Sanders, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care by Jim Matney, and Strategic Prevention Framework provided by Josh Murphy and Kimberly Shoemake from Prestera.

Jill Burgos, Chapter Relations Manager from DBSA National joined us on the second day of training and did a presentation at the annual face to face meeting of the Board of Directors following the conference on September 28, 2019.

DBSA WV extends a special thanks to Dave Sanders for arranging all the speakers. We also wish to thanks to all the speakers for making our conference complete.

DBSA WV thanks Brenda and all the staff at St. John’s for all their help and hospitality at this beautiful facility.

DBSA WV “Train the Trainer” Peer Facilitator Seminar Completed in December 2019.

Peer Facilitator Training

DBSA National provided a “Train the Trainer” seminar for DBSA WV at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Clarksburg-Bridgeport area of Harrison County on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.  This one-day workshop, enables individuals affiliated with DBSA WV to train peers who are interested in becoming facilitators at new or long standing DBSA meetings across the state.   Jill Burgos, Chapter Relations Manager for DBSA National taught eleven participants from seven counties in the state how to facilitate a meeting from beginning to end.  The afternoon was spent with participants practicing their skills through role play.

DBSA WV wants to thank Jill for such an interesting, educational, fun day due to her interactive teaching style and her encouragement of our questions.  We also want to extend our thanks to the staff at the Hilton for the meals and their hospitality.



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Over 23 million people in the U.S. are affected by depression or bipolar disorder.  No one with these illnesses has to feel alone, and we don’t want them to.

DBSA offers a place where people with depression or bipolar disorder and those who care about them can share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer hope to one another.