Get Trained. Save Lives. Learn About LEAP!

Are you struggling to help someone with serious mental illness accept treatment? Join Dr. Xavier Amador, world renowned psychologist and author of 8 books including I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! on Saturday, April 9 at the Blair Education Center. Learn to create safety and trust in relationships with adults who are unaware of their mental illness and how to partner with them in seeking support and services.

Register HERE!

About LEAP

LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) shows clinicians, family members, and law enforcement professionals how to quickly gain the trust of someone who is angry or paranoid. It gives you the tools to persuade someone in “denial” about mental illness to accept treatment and/or voluntarily comply with your requests.

The LEAP method grew out of Dr. Xavier Amador’s lived experiences, including:

  • The successful struggle to convince his brother, Henry, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia to take the medications prescribed for him

  • Twenty-five years of hands-on clinical experience with patients who lacked insight into their illnesses

  • Experience gained from hundreds of LEAP seminars involving the tens of thousands of clinicians, family members, and law enforcement

  • Twenty-five years of clinical research supported by NIMH, Stanley Research Foundation, American Psychiatric Association, and NARSAD

Personal Testimonies

Dr. Amador speaking during Mental Health Awareness Month, 2021 at the Jim Santy Auditorium.

“As we frantically searched for ways to help our loved one when he was in the depths of his mental illness, Dr. Amador and his book I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! gave us new understanding and the tools that saved our family. Our anger and frustration at our loved one’s refusal to accept treatment changed radically with Dr. Amador’s explanation of anosognosia as a symptom of the disease. With a new mind set, we were able to use LEAP’s communications techniques to build a healthy relationship that has supported our lovedone’s acceptance of medication. The book is a must-read manual for using LEAP, but even more valuable is the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Dr. Amador. He combines his compassionate understanding based on his personal experiences with clinical expertise. As a teacher and trainer, he brings hope to so many families like ours who fear the loss of  our loved ones to mental illness.”

– Lynne Rutan, Certified LEAP trainer; co-founding board member Summit County Clubhouse; co-founding board member CONNECT Summit County


“After becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist I attended the LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner) seminar, founded and presented by Dr. Xavier Amador. It was fascinating to learn about Anosognosia, the mental illness when an individual is unaware of their own mental health condition or that they can’t perceive their condition accurately. After the first day, I chose to attend the second day with the option of certifying to become a LEAP trainer and have been teaching for the past three years.

It is a great honor that Dr. Amador has accepted the invitation to teach LEAP here in-person in Park City. His book, I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! is used for in training and is the #1 tool for building relationships with those who are unaware of their mental illness.
My husband has read Dr. Amador’s book, I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! multiple times and found that this book can be beneficial for any reader. His biggest takeaways of the book have been acknowledging and validating others’ feelings, and finding deeper compassion for family and friends.”
– Kay Whiting Harrison, Certified Peer Support Specialist, and LEAP trainer

Registration and Training Details

Register HERE!

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM (Lunch included for all in-person attendees!)

Location: In-person at Blair Education Center (Located at Park City Hospital, 900 Round Valley Dr, Park City, UT, 84060) or via zoom!

COST: $150 (Register by March 31 for the early bird rate of $50! Discount applied at check-out)

20th Anniversary Edition of I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! included in registration.

Attend for free! CONNECT Summit County is committed to providing mental health resources to everyone in Summit County, regardless of their ability to pay. Are you a student, someone on a fixed income, or generally in need of financial assistance to attend this training? Email [email protected] to request to attend LEAP for free.

To learn more about Dr. Amador and the Center on Anosygnosia, visit

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