Therapeutic Recovery Action Plan
T.R.A.P. IT OUT
Felipe Blue, MA, LCAS… Eclectic Multifaceted Artist, Co-Occurring Disorders Therapist & Military Veteran Living with Mental Illness as Well as Advocate
Felipe Blue is an award-winning writer/poet, father, mental health and addictions therapist, Director of several empowering non-profits to include More Than Therapy, and creative director of a regional media company. He is a graduate of Springfield College and has a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on marriage and family from Webster University. Felipe is focused on the concept of UBUNTU and believes “I am because we are” and this embodies his daily interactions with clients, peers, family, and anyone that he encounters. In his off time, Felipe enjoys playing basketball, tennis, reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, and participating in game nights with his favorite game currently being “Heads Up” with Taboo” and “Cards of Humanity” falling right behind.
What is the primary issue and target audience for the presentation
We seek to provide the NAMI community with insights from the genuine experiences of a clinician who works daily on assisting chronically ill mental health clients as he continues to work on his own wellness recovery as it pertains to his diagnosis of Bipolar II and PTSD. He will speak candidly about his therapy experiences in particular – which are often clouded from consideration due to stigma that keeps patients silent or skepticism from care practitioners who may consider patients as unreliable narrators of their own experiences as well as teach and educate participants on strategies they can utilize to address their wellness and recovery. Felipe would like to highlight the role of art and expression in promoting healing and encourage attendees to make space for survivors’ testimonies.
What are your Program Objectives? *
What will attendees learn/take away from this presentation?
We hope to spark greater empathy and understanding within attendees for others that they encounter or bear witness to their pain as displayed in media. We hope that individuals will walk away with an appreciation for individuals beyond their moment of crisis – as community leaders, professionals, and courageous advocates as well as have skills and strategies they can use and teach to others to assist them in their recovery and wellness via the T.R.A.P.