FREE Webinar - Peer Perspectives on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs)

Peer Perspectives on PADs

Oftentimes, when facing a mental health crisis, individuals may not be able to communicate their preferences for care. Resolving the who, what, when, and how of decisions during a mental health crisis can cause anxiety. For supporters to be effective, they need to have the right resources. This is when having a crisis plan – which may include a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) – becomes crucial. A written mental health crisis plan can alleviate anxiety and eliminate the guesswork for everyone involved.

In this webinar, you will hear firsthand experiences from peer specialists who used a Psychiatric Advance Directive to support their journey in recovery. You will learn about the key components of a crisis plan and how psychiatric advance directives (PADs) can empower individuals and caregivers, giving them control during times of crisis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the benefits of creating a mental health crisis plan
  • Explain what a Psychiatric Advance Directive is and what one may include
  • Determine the role of family members in supporting a loved one through crisis planning 
  • Describe how a peer support specialist can support someone to create a PAD

Natalie Klaus-Rogers


Natalie Klaus-Rogers, BA, CSPS, was hired to work on a Peer run Warm Line in Cincinnati, Ohio over 15 + years ago. Today she continues her 15 + year journey in Peer Support at MHA in Delaware. She was a Peer Educator in the community for 6 years and is currently the Manager of Education for the Department of Corrections. Natalie spent both her junior years of high school and college studying abroad in Germany on scholarship. She earned a BA in German Studies from The University of Cincinnati. She is an Certified Supervisor of Peer Specialists, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and incoming member of the Delaware State Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Natalie resides in urban Wilmington with her husband and 2 small children. She loves to read and has one cat too many.



Kaely Whittington


Kaely Whittington, AA.  As the CPRS Training Coordinator, Kaely Whittington, CPRS (she/her) coordinates multiple grant-funded projects, provides technical assistance for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist-focused initiatives, and presents training based on identified needs and emerging trends. She holds an A.A. in general studies from Wor-Wic Community College and is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. She is also certified as a WRAP Facilitator and Taking Action for Whole Health Management Mentor. Before joining On Our Own of Maryland, Kaely served as a family peer support specialist for the Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis Team. She has also spoken about her lived experience through a national panel with SAMHSA and MHAMD’s Youth Voice Video Project. Kaely is passionate about using her lived mental health experience to advocate for others, empower her peers and promote autonomy. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to electronic music, cooking, and spending time by the water.

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