Category Archives: Events

Gogo Ekhaya Esima – Nov 22, 2017

Rethinking Psychiatry, the M.O.M.S. Movement, Mental Health Providers Unite! and Portland Icarus present:

Gogo Ekhaya Esima

“Sick or Gifted: Bridging the Connection to
Mental Health Issues & Spiritual Gifts”

Special guest speaker Gogo Ekhaya was one of the people featured in the documentary film CRAZYWISE. She will end her talk with a community ancestral blessing for participants.

Gogo Ekhaya Esima is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the Mental Health field, a Trauma Survivor, a Spiritual Coach, and initiated Healer in the South African Sangoma tradition. She is trained in trauma-informed practices and blends these techniques with shamanic healing for a holistic approach to mental wellness. Gogo Ekhaya’s story and info on her website here.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, 7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon  

700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
Click here for map.

FREE!
(Donations Welcome, $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact: RethinkingPsychiatry@gmail.com

Click here to download flyer.

CRAZYWISE and Gogo Ekhaya Esima – Nov 15 & 22, 2017

Rethinking Psychiatry, the M.O.M.S. Movement, Mental Health Providers Unite! and Portland Icarus present

CRAZYWISE and
Gogo Ekhaya Esima


Documentary Film CRAZYWISE

Wednesday, November 15, 2017,  7 – 9 PM

With free popcorn and drinks!

CRAZYWISE is about looking at what dominant culture pathologizes as mental illness as a spiritual crisis instead. The film frames this possibility through the work of Phil Borges, a photographer/videographer who documented human rights issues of indigenous peoples around the world.

CRAZYWISE doesn’t romanticize indigenous wisdom, or completely condemn Western treatment. Trailer and more info on the film’s website here.


Gogo Ekhaya Esima

“Sick & Gifted: Bridging the Connection to
Mental Health Issues & Spiritual Gifts”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017,   7 – 9 PM

Special guest speaker Gogo Ekhaya was one of the people featured in the documentary film CRAZYWISE. She ends her talk with a community ancestral blessing for participants.


Private Sangoma readings and personal healing sessions with Gogo Ekhaya will be available on November 23 – 26.

Gogo Ekhaya Esima is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the Mental Health field, a Trauma Survivor, a Spiritual Coach, and initiated Healer  in the South African Sangoma tradition. She is trained in trauma-informed practices and blends these techniques with shamanic healing for a holistic approach to mental wellness. Gogo Ekhaya’s story and info on her website here.

This 2-part event is at
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
Click here for map

FREE!  (Donations Welcome, $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact RethinkingPsychiatry@gmail.com

Click here to download flyer.

Potluck & Story Telling- Weds, Sep 6, 2017


Join us for a potluck to celebrate our 7th year of Rethinking Psychiatry!

  • TELL your story of why/how you came to the Rethinking community
  • LOOK back at what we’ve accomplished in our last 6 years together
  • SHARE your ideas and hopes for the future
  • BRING a dish or drink to share & enjoy good food in good company

We look forward to seeing you there next Wednesday!

Let’s continue to share our passion for a more healing community!
Thank you for 6 years of inspiration and empowerment.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

Mad Maps – Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Strategies for Navigating the Space between Brilliance & Madness

  • What am I like when I am well?
  • What am I like when I am having a hard time?
  • What do I NOT want to hear or have happen?
  • Acceptable & unacceptable treatments?
  • How will my supporters know that I no longer need to use this plan?

We’ll work together to create our own Mad Maps in an atmosphere of mutual support.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon,  700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

“Heartbeats of Hope” Book talk by Author Daniel Fisher, Monday, April 3, 2017

Heartbeats of HopePsychiatrist & author Daniel Fisher, MD, will be in Portland April 3, 2017 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

Truth & Reconciliation – March 1, 2017

Truth and Reconciliation

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, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

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).

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

mfi-conf

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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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.

Truth & Reconciliation – March 16, 2016

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

Truth and Reconciliation

Truth & Reconciliation:
A Time for Community Healing

Receivers & givers of psychiatric treatment & mental health care 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, March 16, 2016,   6 – 9 PM
Download flyer

For questions or to co-sponsor, contact Cindi Fisher. Phone 360-254-8703 or email TheMOMSmovement @ gmail.com.