Returning Veterans Project Film Screening

Returning Veterans Project

Returning Veterans Project

The Returning Veterans Project presents

Is Anybody Listening?

A New Documentary by Dr. Paula Caplan

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Tabor Space: 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Film begins at 6:00 pm
Q&A at 7:30 pm
Workshop 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10.  No one turned away who can’t pay

Dr. Caplan’s documentary will take us on her journey to bridge what has been called an “epidemic of disconnection” between civilians and veterans. After the film, Dr. Caplan will host a 15-minute Q&A session and then an hour long workshop on: What veterans want and how community members can learn to listen to their stories, participate in their various struggles and gain a deeper awareness of the meaning of war, the realities of military life and how it is to return home.

For more information about this event please contact:

Returning Veterans Project
503-954-2259 or

Spiritual Crisis & Spiritual Transformation – Dec 17, 2014

Exploring the Link Between Madness, Spiritual Awakening & Mental Health

spiritual emergencyPresented by Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH and Miranda Lovelong

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First Congregational Church, Portland OR

For those who were unable to join us on December 17, the radioplay by Harriet Cooke & Miranda Lovelong and the presentation by Harriet Cooke can be downloaded below.

Spiritual development is a lifelong process and can be a great resource for health. And sometimes periods of significant transformation can be accompanied by a mental health crisis. Join Rethinking Psychiatry for a presentation and discussion on “Spiritual Emergency.”

Drawing on both research and deep personal experiences, Harriet and Miranda will walk us through discussion of: Crises that often precede spiritual awakening, Crises caused by spiritual awakening, Phases of the process of spiritual awakening, how to support the process and each other to move through these periods with the greatest grace and ease, and the place of spiritual emergence in personal and global health.

Spiritual Emergency – a Radio Play

Spiritual Crisis, Emergence, and Mental Health


Ron Unger Seminars

Ron Unger LCSW

Ron Unger, LCSW

Ron Unger will present three seminars this October, November and December.  Mr. Unger is therapist and educator specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis, and in understanding and working with the relationships between trauma and psychosis.

All seminars will take place at 2222 Coburg Road in Eugene, Oregon.  Partial scholarships are available for consumers/ survivors & family members.

October 24:  CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach.  Cost:  $79.  Time:  8:30 AM – 4 PM.  CEU’s 6.  Registration/Information:

November 14:  Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis: CBT and Other Approaches to Understanding and Recovery.  Cost:  $79.  Time:  8:30 AM – 4 PM.  CEU’s 6.  Registration/Information:

December 5:  Addressing Spiritual Issues Within Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.  Cost:  $79. Time:  8:30 AM – 4 PM.  CEU’s 6.  Registration/Information:

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.

Click here for directions

Ted Chabasinski – Aug 20, 2014

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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Cindi Fisher to present report to U.N. in Geneva

Cindi Fisher of MOMS

Cindi Fisher

Cindi Fisher, a member of the Rethinking Psychiatry core team and founder of the M.O.M.S. Movement, travels to Geneva, Switzerland this month.  Her report, “Forced Psychiatry and Psychiatric Abuse of African Americans”, will be presented to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Click here to read the report.

The report is the result of a collaboration with Tina Minkowitz and others.  Minkowitz, a well known human rights advocate and lawyer, is founder of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP).

As a representative of African Americans and the Disability Community, Cindi will be presenting the report and discussing its implications with UN representatives and other U.S. NGO’s.  The meetings are scheduled for August 10-15, 2014.

Please help!

This is a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact.  Cindi’s trip will cost several thousand dollars.  Money is needed to cover expenses.  Please join Rethinking Psychiatry, the U.S. Human Rights Network, NAACP and others who have donated to help cover expenses.

Any amount is appreciated.  All funds above the actual cost of the trip will be used to cover the cost of printing and distribution of the report at the U.N. and in the U.S. Click button below to donate through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. For more information, call Cindi at 360-798-6855.

Lauren Tenney Radio Show on ECT (Electroshock)

Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity

Electroshock ECTListen to Talk with Tenney on blogtalkradio as host Lauren Tenney interviews electroshock survivors Sue Clark-Wittenberg, Don Weitz and George Ebert; along with John Breeding PhD. Facebook event page

June 4, 2014, 5 – 7 PM Pacific
Listen here:
Call in to join the discussion: (267) 521-0167

Electroshock, also known as ECT, shock or electroconvulsive therapy, involves the application of two electrodes to the head to pass electricity through the brain, with the goal of causing an intense seizure or convulsion.  Studies have shown that it always damages the brain.  Yet it is still being given at facilities like OHSU and Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.  Yearly 100,000 people in the USA get ECT.  Most people are forced to have ECT.  Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2  to million ECTs are being given.

Mind-Body Symposium – May 16-17, 2014

Healing Hearts, Minds & Bodies

Keys to Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Pathways to Getting There

Chitari FoundationPresented by Rethinking Psychiatry and the Chitari Foundation.

First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Av, Portland, OR

Professional Continuing Education Credits available

People with lived experience, allies, and practitioners will come together to share expertise about holistic alternatives to drug-focused treatment, build a movement to create a community-driven recovery model of real choice, mutual help and fully-informed consent, and nurture relationships to sustain our work and spirits!

Dr. James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD

Keynote speaker, Dr. James Gordon, is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and world renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma. Dr. Gordon is author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.

The symposium will be an inclusive forum for mind-body and mental health professionals, individuals and organizations seeking to learn more about holistic and integrative mind-body treatment options and services for mental and emotional wellbeing.

2014 Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival

projectorApril 2  through April 30, 2014

An array of films chosen and presented by eight different organizations advocating for and supporting mental wellness in our society.
Click here for complete schedule.

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.