Category Archives: Events

No RP January meeting

There will be no January meeting for Rethinking Psychiatry. However, we have a number of exciting programs lined up, beginning with a February 18th presentation by Steve McCrea, “We Survived “ADHD” Without Drugs!”

Upcoming Events

We Survived “ADHD” Without Drugs! – Feb 18

adhdRethinking Psychiatry presents Steve McCrea, MS, author and child advocate, for an interactive evening as he shares his journey raising active, intense, challenging children to adulthood.

Steve will provide perspectives based on personal and professional experience (including scientific research) on challenging questions like:

  • What exactly is meant by “ADHD”?
  •  Is it really a “mental disorder?” Or what is it?
  •  What difference does stimulant treatment make in the long term, for better or worse?
  •  What else can be done to help our active, intense and adventurous children to thrive?

When: February 18, 7:00pm
Check back for details!

Returning Veterans Project Film Screening

Returning Veterans Project

Returning Veterans Project

The Returning Veterans Project presents

Is Anybody Listening?

A New Documentary by Dr. Paula Caplan

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Tabor Space: 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Film begins at 6:00 pm
Q&A at 7:30 pm
Workshop 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10.  No one turned away who can’t pay

Dr. Caplan’s documentary will take us on her journey to bridge what has been called an “epidemic of disconnection” between civilians and veterans. After the film, Dr. Caplan will host a 15-minute Q&A session and then an hour long workshop on: What veterans want and how community members can learn to listen to their stories, participate in their various struggles and gain a deeper awareness of the meaning of war, the realities of military life and how it is to return home.

For more information about this event please contact:

Returning Veterans Project
503-954-2259 or

Mind-Body Symposium – May 16-17, 2014

Healing Hearts, Minds & Bodies

Keys to Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Pathways to Getting There

Chitari FoundationPresented by Rethinking Psychiatry and the Chitari Foundation.

First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Av, Portland, OR

Professional Continuing Education Credits available

People with lived experience, allies, and practitioners will come together to share expertise about holistic alternatives to drug-focused treatment, build a movement to create a community-driven recovery model of real choice, mutual help and fully-informed consent, and nurture relationships to sustain our work and spirits!

Dr. James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD

Keynote speaker, Dr. James Gordon, is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and world renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma. Dr. Gordon is author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.

The symposium will be an inclusive forum for mind-body and mental health professionals, individuals and organizations seeking to learn more about holistic and integrative mind-body treatment options and services for mental and emotional wellbeing.

2014 Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival

projectorApril 2  through April 30, 2014

An array of films chosen and presented by eight different organizations advocating for and supporting mental wellness in our society.
Click here for complete schedule.

The Healing Paradox in Mental Health Treatment – Nov. 20, 2014

The Healing ParadoxJoin us at our November meeting for a presentation by psychiatrist and author, Dr. Steven Goldsmith.

“Treatment that fights disease as an adversary cannot cure mental illness.  Only treatment that accepts and allies with mental illness can help people cure themselves.” Steven Goldsmith, MD, author of The Healing Paradox: A Revolutionary Approach to Treating and Curing Physical and Mental Illness (North Atlantic Books, 2013) will discuss this central paradox as it pertains to mental health treatment, with descriptions of curative paradoxical treatments. Time permitting, he will read from a relevant portion of his book, with audience discussion and questions to follow.

Dr. Goldsmith received his M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, is Board-certified in psychiatry, and has been affiliated with the Tufts University, Boston University, and New York University Schools of Medicine.  He maintains a practice In Portland emphasizing natural solutions for health problems.

Natural Healing Approaches for Mental Health – Nov. 20 in Corvallis

Chris Foulke, Emily Wittkop, and Alieta Herrera-Train will speak on nutritional, herbal, and livestyle solutions for mental healing.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 7:40 PM
Location: Ronenkamp Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st, Corvallis, OR

Click here for more information (PDF)

Portland Book Event – May 19th 7PM

The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

Gary Greenberg will be at Powells’s Books May 19th to present his new book, The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.

The Book of Woe reveals the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented — and why increasing numbers of therapy patients are being declared mentally ill.

The Atlantic writer and author Daniel Smith says of the book: “If you want to understand how we think of mental suffering today—and why, and to what effect—read this book.”

Gary GreenburgGary Greenberg may be the only expert who has been on the inside of the “making of” the DSM-5 as a therapist while also reporting on it as a journalist.

Will Hall, director of Portland Hearing Voices and host of KBOO’s Madness Radio, will join Greenberg in conversation. This event is sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

Sunday, May 19th,  7 PM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, Oregon

National Day of Action to Stop Mental Health Profiling – MLK Day January 21st

Stop Psychiatric ProfilingThe reaction to recent events involving gun violence has been an alarming rush to enact laws promoting “Psychiatric Profiling”.  These laws would restrict the rights of people diagnosed with mental illness and force them to endure harmful, counterproductive, psychiatric interventions.

National Day of Action to Stop Mental Health Profiling

On Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013, people everywhere are invited to hold demonstrations, vigils, and any other nonviolent acts of expression and protest.  The purpose is to inform the public about the dangers of psychiatric profiling and to gather solidarity.

More info…

December 10th, Day for David

David Oaks

David Oaks

David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International, suffered a serious accident on December 1st.  He is currently in intensive care, and has a long road ahead toward recovery.

David and his family need our support

MindFreedom International has declared December 10th a Day for David.  Friends of David are asked to take time out to meditate on a good outcome for David and his family, in whatever way feels comfortable to them.
Click here for ways you can help

David Oaks has been a community organizer for human rights in mental health since 1976. He’s a psychiatric survivor and, since 1986, has been director of MindFreedom International.