Category Archives: Lecture Series

Ted Chabasinski – This Weds. Aug 20

Ted Chabasinski, JD

Ted Chabasinski, JD

Note New Location! First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR (in the downtown park blocks)

Wednesday, August 20th at 7pm

Join us for a very special summer Rethinking Psychiatry meeting.  We are excited to have Ted Chabasinski as our guest speaker!

Ted Chabasinski has been active in the psychiatric survivors movement since 1971. He was lead organizer of the 1982 campaign that successfully persuaded Berkeley voters to ban shock treatment in the city. Ted is known as a visionary, and an articulate, tough, and often witty speaker.

Now a patients’ rights lawyer, Ted was taken from his parents when he was 6-years old, experimented on with a course of electric shock treatments, and then sent to a state hospital for the rest of his childhood.  He writes about the power of psychiatry and how it is abused, especially against children.

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Inpatient Hospitalization: A Crisis in Crisis Care -March 19, 2014

Jonathan Keyes, LPC

Jonathan Keyes, LPC

Our guest speaker at Rethinking Psychiatry’s March 19th monthly meeting will be Jon Keyes.  Jon will talk about reforming our approach to helping people who are going through a mental health crisis.  He will critique our current process of inpatient hospitalization and discuss improving and creating positive holistic alternatives.

Jon is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and certified Health Coach.  He works as a holistic mental health therapist in his private practice, Hearthside Healing in Portland, OR. He also works as a therapist at Adventist Medical Center, dealing with individuals at their deepest levels of mental health crises.  Jon is a contributing writer for Mad in America, and is very articulate, informed and passionate about rethinking psychiatry.

Beyond Soteria – Jan. 15, 2014

Creating a Place for Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs & Restoring Wellness

Cindi Fisher, Founder of the M.O.M.S. Movement, and Grace Silvia, who worked at Soteria Alaska, will share their vision for a place for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and restoring wellness.  They invite people who have come off meds, people who want to come off meds, family, friends and allies to share their experiences and build a common vision to take this dream into action!

Chitari

Dr. Satya Ambrose will introduce  her collaborative healing community, Chitari.  Chitari is a non-profit holistic healing center where the worlds of conventional and natural medicine meet to promote wellness of the body and spirit.

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.

Portland Hearing Voices – Weds, Sept 18

PortlandHearingVoicesRethinking Psychiatry is pleased to announce that our popular monthly meetings will resume on September 18th!  This meeting will feature guest speaker, Kate Hill, from Portland Hearing Voices.

Hearing Voices is a “voices and extreme states” support group.  Learn how Hearing Voices seeks to help people regain control of their lives and explore the meaning in madness.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Unitarian Church,  1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corporate Power & Mental Health Systems:
How we can take our power back

MOMS RallyCindi Fisher has advocated for many years for her son and other adult children in the mental health system. She has accompanied them into treatment team meetings and hearings, and recorded many stories of human and constitutional rights abuses across the nation.

Cindi has been seeking answers beyond putting out fires. She became inspired by the potential that the Community Rights Movement has for creating safe, sustainable, empowered communities and its application for restoring the rights of our loved ones.

Cindi’s extensive research into the history of mental health treatment unearths violations of human rights, often formalized into law, for profit. Cindi will connect the dots to how this happens today, and Paul Cienfuegos will address us by video about the Community Rights movement.

We will conclude with how we can challenge corporate power and assert People’s Rights through a legally binding local ordinance. This is an old form of civil disobedience that has been used in the last 15 years by more than 150 communities in the United States. We will discuss how we can apply it to make local community members safe from the abuse of mental health labels, prolonged involuntary commitment and forced treatment, and ensure their rights and freedoms.

This ground-breaking presentation will leave you empowered!

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR

Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival Opens with Mind Zone

Opening night  Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front LinesWe are proud and excited to kick off this year’s Rethinking Psychiatry’s film festival with the first public showing of the newly completed documentary, Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines.

Mind Zone explores the controversies and challenges of keeping people in unhealthy places, of therapists as both healers and warriors. While public consciousness grows of the post-traumatic stress disorder and the alarming suicide rates among soldiers and veterans, the struggle of those attempting to diagnose and treat them has never been told. Mind Zone is their story.  

While making Mind Zone, director Dr. Jan Haaken, Portland State professor, clinical psychologist and documentary filmmaker was embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For the first time in historythe U.S. Army granted access to a team of filmmakers to document the challenges of maintaining mental and emotional healing on the front lines.

Dr. Haaken will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

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November Meeting – Weds, Nov 14, 7pm

Rethinking Psychiatry lecture seriesOur October guest speaker will be Dr. Neil Falk of Multnomah County’s Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA).  EASA is an outreach and treatment program for young people from age 15 to 25 experiencing the first symptoms of psychosis. The goal of the program is to prevent more significant problems by using early intervention.

7:00 pm at Portland’s Unitarian Church

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