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Excellence is neutral territory – where all of us can meet for discussion – for understanding one another, nothing compares to meeting face-to-face.

We sponsor symposia to build new mental health protocols, treatment strategies and a new standard of care focused on long-term recovery. We help other groups come together in a spirit of neutrality by providing event planning and fiscal agency services. Rising above the politicization of issues ensures that our philanthropists are effective in helping the mental health care community move towards viable solutions.


Families Healing Together Online Education & Support

Recovering Our Families Class begins September 15.
Cost: $249

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This fully facilitated, interactive 8-week course helps individuals and families transform and heal from the emotional distress associated with trauma and challenges that may be associated with diagnoses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar, anxiety and other disorders.

Family recovery education and support have been shown to dramatically improve the quality of life for all family members—those in active distress and the family as a whole. In fact, family education and support can reduce relapse and re-hospitalization rates by as much as 75 percent, according to studies compiled by the Office of Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Kansas.

Families Healing Together is a partnership between Family Outreach and Response and Practice Recovery.


World Hearing Voices Congress

Boston, Mass, August 16-18.

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On the program: Open Dialogue, Hearing Voices supports for children, creating access for people of color, Hearing Voices supports in prisons and other locked settings, on-line groups, withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, family supports, creative writing and music, and so much more!


Special Presentation – Coming Off Medication: What Works and Who Helps?

Boston, Mass, August 20.

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Results from a research study on psychiatric medication discontinuation presented by Lauren Jessell, LMSW, and Bevin Croft, PhD, Sunday, August 20th, 4:15 to 5:00 pm at the Whittier Room at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.


Emotional CPR Training

eCPR is a public health educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: Connecting, Empowering and Revitalizing. Through a combination of presentations, interactive discussions and dynamic practice exercises with reflecting teams, participants will learn about and practice the key concepts involved in effectively supporting a person through an emotional crisis and into healing.

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New Online Continuing Education Courses

Mad in America Continuing Education (MIACE) believes that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, points to the need for profound change. Its courses are integral to promoting such change. They are taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the field, provide a scientific critique of the existing paradigm of care, and tell of alternative approaches that could serve as the foundation for a new paradigm, one that de-emphasizes the use of psychiatric medications, particularly over the long-term.

September 12 Webinar – Interventions for Kids with ADHD: Educational, Family, and Nutritional

This webinar co-taught by Dr. Marilyn Wedge and Dr. Gretchen LeFever Watson. Dr. Watson and Dr. Wedge will show research that contradicts the mainstream conceptualization and treatment of ADHD in the United States, and offer alternatives to psychiatric drugs for effectively resolving challenging behaviors at school and home. The session will include time for questions and discussion.

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