“Heartbeats of Hope” Book talk by Author Daniel Fisher, Monday, April 3

Heartbeats of HopePsychiatrist & author Daniel Fisher, MD, will be in Portland April 3 to talk about his new book, “Heartbeats of Hope, The Empowerment Way to Recover Your Life“.

Daniel Fisher MD, PhD

Daniel Fisher MD, PhD

While carrying out neurochemical research at NIMH, Fisher was diagnosed with “schizophrenia.” He recovered, and to humanize the mental health system obtained an MD and completed psychiatric training. He worked for 25 years as a community psychiatrist, founded the National Empowerment Center, was a member of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and is Chair of the Board of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

Dr. Fisher is presently on the faculty of U. Massachusetts Dept. of Psychiatry, where he is helping to adapt Open Dialogue to the US. He helped peers in Louisiana respond to hurricane Katrina, and based on those experiences he helped develop Emotional CPR.

“I hope for a day when:

Every person who experiences extreme emotional states is engaged in respectful, hopeful, humanistic, and empowering relationships that enable them to heal and recover full, meaningful lives in the community.

Instead of being seen as threats to society, we will be seen as a source of wisdom that we have obtained through our recovery.

Practices like Open Dialogue will eliminate the long-term iatrogenic effects of a prophesy of doom and lifelong illness.

Suffering will be seen as an understandable human response to trauma rather than a chemical imbalance or a defective fear circuit.

Voluntary, community-based, recovery-oriented, culturally-attuned, trauma-informed services and housing will replace psychiatric hospitals.

The mental health system will be run by persons with lived experience of recovery from extreme emotional states.

Everyone will learn how to assist each other through extreme emotional states by learning communication skills such as Emotional CPR.”

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Montavilla United Methodist Church
232 SE 80th Ave, Portland, Oregon

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Truth & Reconciliation – March 1, 2017

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The M.O.M.S. Movement, Rethinking Psychiatry,
& The Icarus Project present

Truth & Reconciliation:
A Time for Community Healing

Receivers & Givers of psychiatric treatment & mental health care share their stories encircled by the community.  Join us for our 3rd Truth & Reconciliation event!

Come listen…
Come tell your story…

When we live in a community where we listen to each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other back to wholeness. ~Christina Baldwin

Wednesday, March 1,   6-9 PM
Unite Oregon (formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon
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Contact RethinkingPsychiatry @gmail.com with questions.

More on Truth & Reconciliation

February 16, 2017 – Street Roots News: Rethinking Psychiatry Returns with ‘Truth & Reconciliation‘, by Rachel Levy LCSW.
March 10, 2016 – Street Roots News : Truth & Reconciliation in Psychiatric, Mental Health Services, by Rachel Levy, LCSW.
May 14, 2016 – Mad in America Initiatives: Truth and Reconciliation: An Evening of Sharing and Healing, by Rachel Levy, LCSW.
May 25, 2016 – KBOO Radio: Truth & Reconciliation in Mental Health. Host, Paul Roland, interviews Cindi Fisher, Ptery Lieght, & Grace Silvia, facilitators of first Truth & Reconciliation. (Click the play button at the bottom of the article).

Holistic Alternatives – Feb 1, 2017

Focusing on the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Does trauma keep you from achieving your goals?
Do fear, hopelessness or apathy garble your thinking, diminish your energy,
or keep you chronically anxious or withdrawn?

Drawing on research, personal and professional experiences,  Harriet will guide us through an understanding of  subtle energy therapies that help transform
entrenched emotions and triggers from the personal to political.

Come learn about and practice this effective and empowering healing tool!

Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH

Presented by Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH, ABIHM, DEHP
Wednesday, February 1st,   7-9 pm
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland

Superpowers & Successes! January 4, 2017

What are labeled “mental illnesses” can be dangerous gifts

“Depression” can be a source of deep empathy.
“Mania” can be a window into spiritual wisdom and creative genius.
“Schizophrenia” can be access to information unknowable by ordinary means.

  • How did you shift from “symptom” to “superpower”?
  • How do you use your superpowers”
  • How do you keep yourself well while embracing your gifts?

What’s your superpower?

Come and share your story and be inspired by others!

Note: Rethinking Psychiatry monthly meetings are now on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, January 4,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon   (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Donations welcome!

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December Potluck & Planning Meeting – December 7, 2016

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Join us for our December potluck & planning meeting.  Following the success of our November meeting, we will continue planning our activities for 2017.

Your input is important!

Please take this 5 minute survey and tell us what Rethinking Psychiatry topics and activities are important to you.  Click here

Note: Rethinking Psychiatry monthly meetings are now on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, December 7,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon   (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Donations welcome!

Rethinking Psychiatry Harvest Potluck
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM

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Join us this coming Wednesday for a potluck and our November meeting!

  • Harvesting Ideas for the Upcoming Year
  • Putting by community Talents & Efforts
  • Sharing the Bounty of What We Create Together

Bring a dish to share and your ideas.

Wednesday, November 16,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon   (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Donations welcome!

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ISEPP Conference in Portland – Oct 7-9, 2016

ISEPPISEPP announced it will hold its 19th annual conference in Portland, Oregon on October 7-9, 2016.  The theme for the 2016 conference is “Individuals Matter: Building a Better Science for Psychology and Psychiatry“.

Chuck Ruby, PhD

Chuck Ruby, PhD

According to ISEPP Director, Chuck Ruby, “The conference will address how traditional scientific methods and so-called “empirically-supported treatments” have failed to give useful information in helping those who struggle with very difficult life challenges. Because such science relies greatly on standardization, quantification, and nomothetic statistical analyses, the research results are based on and only apply to averages. They wash away the meaning of individual lives and turn people into caricatures. We need to bring the individual back to center stage.”

Up to 21 CEUs will be available for mental health professionals.

Use these links for additional information:

ISEPP is a non-profit volunteer organization of mental health professionals, physicians, educators, ex-patients and survivors of the mental health system, and their families.  Its mission is to use the standards of scientific inquiry to address the ethics of psychology and psychiatry. It does this by educating the public about the nature of “mental illness”, the de-humanizing and coercive aspects of many forms of mental health treatment, and the alternative humane ways of helping people who struggle with very difficult life issues.

MindFreedom Conference – Oct 7, 2016

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Creative Revolution: Outside the Medical Model

An Intensive All-Day Conference to Promote Alternative Approaches and Celebrate Individual Strategies for Growth & Recovery

Learn from experts about:

  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Hearing Voices Network
  • Sunrise Center on Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
  • Open Dialogue
  • Soteria –type Sanctuary Houses

Keynote:  Jim Gottstein of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights)

This conference is in conjunction with International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP)
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Second Story Peer Respite House – Oct 5, 2016

Rethinking Psychiatry Presents

Second Story Peer Respite House Santa Cruz, CAPlease join us as Rethinking Psychiatry presents Adrian Bernard, co-founder of Second Story Peer Respite House, for an evening of connection through Madness.

Adrian Bernard

Adrian Bernard

“Second Story (Santa Cruz, CA) offers people a new way to view themselves.  No longer as mentally ill patients, rather, humans empowered by the diversity of their experiences.”

  • What is a peer respite house?
  • What does it take to start one?
  • What does it take to keep it going?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7-9 PM
Unite Oregon (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

Free!  Donations Welcome ($0 -$20 suggested)

Truth & Reconciliation – May 25, 2016

Truth & Reconciliation on KBOO Radio
On May 25th, Paul Roland of KBOO Radio interviewed Cindi Fisher, Ptery Lieght, & Grace Silvia, the facilitators of Truth & Reconciliation. Click here to listen! (Click the play button at the bottom of the article).
Truth and Reconciliation

The M.O.M.S. Movement, Rethinking Psychiatry,
& The Icarus Project present

Truth & Reconciliation:
A Time for Community Healing

People who have experienced extreme mental / emotional states, & families / allies can share their stories encircled by the community. Come listen… Come tell your story…

When we live in a community where we listen to each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other back to wholeness. ~Christina Baldwin

Wednesday, May 25, 2016,   6-9 PM
The Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon
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For questions or to co-sponsor, contact Cindi Fisher. Phone 360-254-8703 or email TheMOMSmovement @ gmail.com.