Community Meetings (General Meeting) Speakers/Presentations

Offered bimonthly online.

2022 Community Meetings

Location: Zoom
Next Presentation Date: June 2, 2022 
Time: 6:00pm (Via Zoom)

June Speaker

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Troia Cephas, Peer Recovery Services and Lead Recovery Coach for The Wellness Center of San Joaquin County

Troia will share what a WRAP consists of, and how it can help people who want to strengthen their mental health recovery.  
Troia resides in San Joaquin County.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Oakland, CA in 2008 after her biological father died.  She moved to San Joaquin County in “2008” from Oakland, CA.  She feels blessed to still be a part of her family in Detroit.  She is a person with lived experience - both mental health conditions and substance use disorders. She is a caregiver to family, and a parent to someone with mental health challenges and substance use disorder.
The Wellness Center is the place where Troia found the true definition of recovery and what being a peer means.  The Wellness Center is also the place where she first learned about WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and the importance of having a WRAP in one's life, especially for anyone with mental health challenges.  The Wellness Recovery Action Plan was created by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD who also has lived experience with a mental health condition.  The Mary Ellen Copeland Center provides required training for all facilitators of WRAP, which must be renewed with additional training every 2 years.  WRAP is used as a comprehensive, yet simple tool for daily life to stay well and when not doing well. 

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 Past Speaker

How to Keep a Healthy Brain During (and After) a Pandemic Without Really Trying. 


Dr. Robert F. Halliwell BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD School of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific

Americans are now living longer than ever before, so we face the challenge of a longer phase of life when time and tide begin to take their toll on our bodies and on our brains. We are also currently living through the most serious pandemic in generations. This presentation will consider recent evidence that lifestyle, education and community engagements can reduce stress and risk of disease, slow down the brain aging process and enhance a long and healthy life.

BIOGRAPHY: Robert Halliwell teaches neuroscience & clinical pharmacology in the Schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry; he previously held a lectureship in neuroscience at the University of Durham, England and a Research Fellowship at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Halliwell undertook graduate training in neurological science at the University of London and in pharmacology at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, University of Dundee (Scotland). His lab is investigating the use of human stem cells for drug discovery; he has also published work in the history of medicine.