Category Archives: Monthly meeting

Oppression, Resistance & Mental Health – Wednesday, May 3

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,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
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FREE!  (Donations Welcome $0 – $20 suggested)

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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or keep you chronically anxious or withdrawn?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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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.

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 – Sept 18, 2013

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