Category Archives: Monthly meeting

Own Your Journey – Dec 6, 2017

Identity Mapping & Collage Making

Incorporate the 3 Tiers of Trauma Recovery

  • Unpack the hidden power within our identities and differences.
  • Explore areas where trauma and triumphs impact our personal narratives.
  • Integrate our unique experiences into collages of our stories.
  • Material provided!

Linnea

Presented by Linnea Stenhouse and Danielle Grondin:

Linnea Stenhouse is a clinician for EASA in Clackamas County. She values radical mental health perspectives and person-centered programing. She likes to integrate healthful living, yoga, art, and nature into her work. The intelligent, insightful, and creative young people she works with are a daily inspiration.

Danielle

Danielle Grondin is a Peer Support Outreach Specialist at Luke-Dorf. She is a passionate activist in the community working to radically support healing through mental health crises and beyond!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
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FREE!  (Donations Welcome $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact RethinkingPsychiatry@gmail.com

Click here to download flyer.

Mask Making – October 4, 2017

The Creative and Healing Process of Making Art

Presented by Wendy March Mailho-Shields of Claudiabelle Studio
Art Therapist, Para-Educator, Person with Lived Experience

  • Explore your inside world through making art!
  • Create who you can become!
  • Make your mask for Halloween!
  • Materials supplied!

Wendy March Mailho-Shields

The process of art making is as personal as ones spiritual quest. There is no right or wrong way, there is only me, making art ~ vision, composition, design, line, paint, color, mixing, brush, strokes, defining, layers, re-claiming, struggle, letting go, stepping back, returning, push it, over the edge, bring it back, take a break, try it again, recognize it’s a process, grow, learn, accept, it’s only art Art, parallel to life’s process ~ exploring and discovering the worst and best in ourselves. Designing our internal house with the knowledge of who we are, and hopefully manifesting, who we can become.

Wednesday, October 4th, 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.

Oppression, Resistance & Mental Health – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Leah Harris

Leah Harris
Psychiatric abuse survivor

Rethinking Psychiatry presents a playing of Will Hall’s interview with Leah Harris on Madness Radio.  “Survivor Spoken Word” is powerful and provocative.

Leah Harris is a leading voice in survivor activism. She is a mother, survivor, and a storyteller working for cultural shift in how we understand and respond to emotional distress, mental health, trauma, addiction, homelessness, incarceration, and suicide. She believes in redefining health as a social justice issue.

Come listen together, then join in the discussion with other survivors, users and providers of psychiatry, family and caring community.

Networking afterwards for activism around mental health.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

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, 700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Mysticism, Madness & Global Justice – Dec 16, 2015

spiritual emergency Sometimes deep transformation can come as mental health crisis…

Join Rethinking Psychiatry for a presentation by Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH on spiritual awakening, spiritual emergency and directing our development for personal and global healing.

Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH

Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH

Drawing on research and personal experiences, Harriet will discuss crises that often precede spiritual awakening, as well as challenges caused by spiritual awakening, and how to support the process and each other.

Wednesday, Dec 16, 7 PM
The Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth St
Portland, OR

Cindi Fisher – Sept 17, 2014

Cindi Fisher of MOMS Movement

Cindi Fisher
photo by K. Kendall

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

Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm

Cindi Fisher, of Vancouver, Washington, founder of The MOMS Movement and core member of Rethinking Psychiatry, went to Geneva, Switzerland last month to present her report, Forced Psychiatry and Psychiatric Abuse of African Americans, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Join us this Wednesday as Cindi presents her report and discusses the UN committee’s findings at Rethinking Psychiatry’s September meeting.

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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.

Foster Youth & the Mental Health System – Feb 19, 2014

What works and what doesn’t?

Ke'onte Cooke testifies before Congressinal committee on the misuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children.

Ke’onte Cook testifies before Congress on psychotropic drug misuse

A young person in foster care is 4.5 times more likely to be on psychotropic medications than youths not in foster care.  In some states, nearly 40% of all foster children are receiving psychotropic medications – often in doses higher than those recommended for adults.

Our featured guest speakers for February will include:

  • Stephen McCrea, Supervisor at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties
  • Pamela Butler, Program Director at the Oregon Foster Youth Connection
  • A panel of former foster youths advocating for change in the foster care system

Hear former foster youths tell about their experiences with the mental health system and foster care.  We hope you can join us to hear their stories, and to discuss how we can all better support this very vulnerable population.

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.