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Rethinking ADHD – Nov 1, 2017

Rethinking Psychiatry presents a screening of four TEDx talks by Emily Anhalt, Kathleen Nadeau, Salif Mahamane and Angela Aquirre on the subject of ADHD.  We will follow each film with a group discussion.  Come join us!

Wednesday, November 1st, 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

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Healing Voices – Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Join us Wednesday, April 5, 2017 for a screening of the movie, HEALING VOICES.

HEALING VOICES is a new feature-length documentary which explores the experiences commonly labeled as “psychosis” or “mental illness” through the real-life stories of individuals working to overcome extreme mental states, and integrate these experiences into their lives in meaningful ways.

The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, and Dan – over a period of nearly five years and features interviews with many notable personalities, including: Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Will Hall,  Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the “medical model” of mental health treatment.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017,  7-9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

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).

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

December Potluck & Planning Meeting – December 7, 2016

Join us for our December potluck & planning meeting.  Following the success of our November meeting, we will continue planning our activities for 2017.

Your input is important!

Please take this 5 minute survey and tell us what Rethinking Psychiatry topics and activities are important to you.  Click here

Note: Rethinking Psychiatry monthly meetings are now on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, December 7,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Rethinking Psychiatry Harvest Potluck, Nov 16, 2016



Join us this coming Wednesday for a potluck and our November meeting!

  • Harvesting Ideas for the Upcoming Year
  • Putting by community Talents & Efforts
  • Sharing the Bounty of What We Create Together

Wednesday, November 16,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Second Story Peer Respite House – Oct 5, 2016

Rethinking Psychiatry Presents

Second Story Peer Respite House Santa Cruz, CAPlease join us as Rethinking Psychiatry presents Adrian Bernard, co-founder of Second Story Peer Respite House, for an evening of connection through Madness.

Adrian Bernard

Adrian Bernard

“Second Story (Santa Cruz, CA) offers people a new way to view themselves.  No longer as mentally ill patients, rather, humans empowered by the diversity of their experiences.”

  • What is a peer respite house?
  • What does it take to start one?
  • What does it take to keep it going?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7-9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

Right to Dream Too (R2D2) – Oct 21, 2015

R2D2 Right to Dream Too

Rethinking Psychiatry presents

Mental Health, Houselessness & Making a Home

Ptery LeightPtery Leight of Right to Dream Too (R2D2) will discuss:

  • How houselessness can lead to mental health challenges
  • How mental health challenges can lead to houselessness
  • How R2D2 approaches mental health crisis
  • Redefining mental health and home

$10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
049 SW Porter St. Portland

A Critical Look at Electroshock Treatment

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May 20, 2015

1.5 clinical practice CEUs;
& 0.5 ethics CEUs from NASW

Rethinking Psychiatry presents electroshock survivors Deborah Schwartzkopff and Jason Kalendak as they open to view this highly controversial psychiatric treatment.

In this powerful presentation, you will:

  • Relate signs/symptoms of electroshock with what survivors live with
  • Learn who is most impacted by electroshock
  • Recognize the ethical and human-rights concerns around informed consent & coercive treatment
  • Identify alternatives to electroshock.

DeborahSchwartzkopff100Deborah Schwartzkopff worked 25 years as a Registered Nurse.  She survived 66 bilateral electroshock treatments at local hospitals.  She has been an activist since 2011, and founded ECTJustice, an electroshock survivors group.


Call for Proposals for 2014 Symposium

Healing Hearts, Minds and Bodies

This year we are partnering with The Chitari Foundation for our 2014 symposium on May 16 & 17.  We will be offering a rich array of workshops covering many aspects of as many holistic healing as possible. If you are interested in presenting we invite you to apply.  If  you know others who might be interested in sharing their healing modalities please pass this along to them.  Applications must be submitted by March 22.  If you have questions please call Marcia Meyers 503-665-3957.

Click here to download application (pdf)