Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Psych rehab trainings listed on USPRA's website

Did you know USPRA offers a listing of psychiatric rehabiliation trainings?

Membership in USPRA provides access, advocacy and strategies to implement state-of-the-art psychiatric rehabilitation & recovery-oriented practices through education and professional credentials, research, service outcomes and networking.

Among trainings listed:

  • SAMHSA announces availability of Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Inservice Training Details
  • DBSA offer CEU webinar for Certified Peer Specialists Details
  • Motivational Interviewing seminar with Kathleen Sciacca. Details

Check out the complete listing online! Click here

Thinking of going back to school for an advanced degree?

Check out USPRA's listing of academic programs in psychiatric rehabiliations,click here

Read the 1st Edition of the International Newsletter


Read all about it!

The 1st Edition of the International Newsletter is here

Read article concerning Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs from around the world.

Enjoy articles such as the

Phyllis Levine Fund

Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Singapore

Member Spotlight

Volunteer Opportunity

Click here to download the International Newsletter

Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre

Call for Applications:
Literary Journalism
Literary Journalism 2008
Marni Jackson, Rogers Communications Chair
Off-site manuscript development: April 21 to June 20, 2008
On-site residency: July 7 to August 2, 2008
Application Deadline: March 14, 2008
Faculty Editors: Moira Farr, Ian Pearson
This program offers eight established non-fiction writers an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature article. Writers are encouraged to explore new ideas in journalism, or to work on a culturally relevant piece that might otherwise be difficult to complete.
In addition to a $3,000 commission, successful applicants may also receive financial assistance to cover the program fee, accommodation, meals, and travel costs.
More information.
For more information and to apply:
The Banff Centre, Office of the Registrar
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Box 1020
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5, CANADA
1-800-565-9989 or 1-403-762-6180
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Poem: Try Spitting by Sharon Taylor


To be
By psychiatric labels
You need to
Have honesty

Stand up
Take a stand
For what you believe in
You're out of touch
With reality

Speak your mind
You're psychotic

Assert yourself
You're resistant to treatment

You're angry
You're showing
Signs of hostility

You're happy
Get real
You're Manic

Oh yeah
Thanks for the
Slap in the face
For the $3.00
A month
Increase on the
Comforts fund

Get real
Try spitting
Next time

by Sharon Taylor, from her book, Deep System

MFI News: Event calendar to change mental health system internationally

MindFreedom International News - 11 February 2008
http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing - please forward

A Few 2008 Events About Changing the Mental Health System

Below calendar of events in USA, Canada & UK may be of interest to
those who care about human rights and alternatives in the mental
health system.

[Some but not all events are organized by MindFreedom or sponsor
groups. Listing is not necessarily endorsement. The organizers are
solely responsible for their content. Date listed is start date. This
listing is not meant to be comprehensive. If your event is not yet
listed you may submit e-mail to news@mindfreedom.org]

For more info and links for below events go to:




Forming a New State-Wide Coalition in Oregon of Mental Health
Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors

A free panel and public forum about how mental health consumer/
psychiatric survivor groups can work together in Oregon and
throughout the USA. MindFreedom Oregon is providing technical

15 February 2008



Are We Mad? Critical Perspectives on the Canadian Mental Health System

Keynote speakers include authors Bob Whitaker and Don Weitz.

1 March 2008



Recovery from Psychosis: Healing through Relationship

Ron Bassman, PhD author of "A Fight to Be: A Psychologist's
Experience from Both Sides of the Locked Door" will keynote.

14 March 2008



Opal Network Meeting

All agencies, groups and individuals in Lane County supporting the
voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors are
encouraged to gather approximately quarterly ("fifth Tuesday") for
this coalition meeting. MindFreedom Lane County is a sponsor group.

29 April 2008



International Conference on Self-Determination

27 May 2008



BonkersFest 2008

'De-normalisation: The next civil rights movement?'

BonkersFest is one of the anchor events in Mad Pride 2008 activities
promoted by MindFreedom International.

7 June 2008



Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Human Rights Conference

MindFreedom International is working with the organizers of this event.

12 June 2008

NOTE: Deadline for papers and panel submissions is this Friday, 15
February 2008.



Mad HeARTS Festival: Working Towards Healing and Change Through Art

The organizers, Altered States of the Arts, is a MindFreedom
International Sponsor Group.

17 July 2008



Asylum! Conference and Festival

From the organizers, who are supporters of MindFreedom: "The
conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners
and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental
health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology
('Big Psy') and the pharmaceutical industry ('Big Pharma'), and
alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like 'schizophrenia' and

10 September 2008



Alternatives 2008

Since the 1980's, the US federal government helps fund this large
conference of several hundred mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. While MindFreedom is not organizing this event, a number
of members are active in this each year.

29 October 2008


Volunteer? If you plan to attend any event above and would like to
staff a MindFreedom exhibit table please contact news@mindfreedom.org


For descriptions and links for above events go to:


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and affiliate groups with individual members.

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All human rights supporters are invited to join MFI by donating here:


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Community Cafe on Mental Health and Wellness

You are invited to our

Community Café!

• Do you have ideas and opinions about mental health & wellness in our community?
• Would you like the opportunity to share them in an relaxed and friendly setting?
• Do you want an opportunity learn more about other people's views on these issues?

Then the Community Café is for you!

  • Our cafe takes place in a relaxed and friendly setting where the participants choose the topic for discussion.
  • A skilled moderator will support and guide a stimulating dialogue around the topic.
  • Everyone's input is valued.
  • Perhaps you would like to just listen and learn – that's good too.

We may not solve the problems of the world or even those of our community in our Community Café but everyone will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and opinions, learn about different viewpoints, and get new information.

Whether you participate by listening or by exchanging your ideas and opinions, we would like to see you at the Community Café where we can listen, learn, and laugh together!

• Good company and good discussion
• Free refreshments
• Become more comfortable in discussing ideas and issues that are important to you
• Enrich your world by learning about the ideas and viewpoints of others

Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre
Community Room
1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam
(just off Coast Meridian in North PoCo)

When: Saturday, February 23, 2008
& Saturday, March 22, 2008
Time: Starts at 1pm - Ends at 3:30 pm
(there will be a refreshment break)

Hosted by Tri-Cities Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Group
For more information, contact Teresa Spurr at teresa_spurr@shaw.ca