Mental Health Speaker, Author, Trainer and Consumer Advocate


Carol A. Kivler, MS, CSP

  • Nationally recognized mental health speaker, author of 4 books, thought leader, international executive coach and corporate trainer.
  • Passionate consumer advocate for mental health and tireless stigma buster.
  • Survivor of four bouts of treatment-resistant depression, and with ECT and the Courageous Recovery Wellness Model, has been in sustained recovery and wellness for 18 years.
  • Founder and President of Courageous Recovery, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit mental health organization whose mission is to promote a mental wellness movement by advancing education, advocating nationally, and eliminating stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • Sought-after keynote and workshop speaker, addressing psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, medical/nursing students, human resource professionals, disability managers, absence and risk managers, employee assistance professionals as well as associations, corporations, organizations, school systems and government agencies.
  • Inspirational wellness presentations resonate with consumers, inspiring compassion, understanding and hope.
  • Authentic, riveting, and memorable motivational speaker. High-energy and compelling mental health presentations change thinking and encourage participants to move from mental illness to the realm of mental wellness.
  • Serves on several boards and committees addressing mental health issues and has received numerous awards for her work.
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  • Carol Kivler, M.S. smashes the common stereotype of the unemployed, incapable or demented individual with a mental illness. Her message of recovery, productivity and successful living is one that any individual who has, lives with or is a health care provider must hear. A successful business woman, courageous advocate and warm human being make Mrs. Kivler, a voice of reason and hope for all whose lives are touched by mental illness.
    (Rev) Ben Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, Bergen Regional Medical Center
  • Both the interns and the more experienced residents were fascinated by Ms. Kivler's talk, and wished for more. She provided living confirmation of many of the things the residents are taught-the effectiveness of ECT, the value of a long term trusting relationship with a psychiatrist, the importance of genuinely listening to the patient, and the impact of ordinary human kindness. The interns could have had no better introduction to the relationship with the patient.
    Kimberly R. Best, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Your Grand Rounds presentation, “The Other Side of Psychosis” was exceptionally well received by our department. Thank you once again for taking the time from your busy schedule to join us and share your expertise and advocacy.
    Joseph Austerman, D.O., Chair, Psychiatry Grand Rounds Committee, Cleveland Clinic
  • Thank you, Carol, for having the courage to speak so openly at our Grand Rounds series about your journey of recovery. Your heartfelt testimonial of optimism and resilience is moving and inspirational, and is an invaluable message for professionals and lay people alike.
    Jonathan Krejci, Ph.D., Director of Training and Research, Princeton House Behavioral Health
  • Carol Kivler's discussion of her journey is compelling, candid and provocative. Everyone in the audience left not just informed, but transformed.
    Joy Jones, Director of Community Relations, Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • Your unfailing dedication to breaking down the barriers of stigma related to depression and ECT is exemplary. If only others would have the courage to follow in your footsteps, mental health treatment would no longer be hidden in the shadows. Carol, you are a true gift to humanity. I am personally blessed by your life journey and commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and their family members as well as your devotion to bringing the real-world into the academic setting.
    Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, Specialty Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Yale University School of Nursing
  • Carol's presentation was the best Grand Rounds we have had at the Cleveland Clinic this year.
    Tatiana Falcone, M.D., Cleveland Clinic

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