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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 July 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.

Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference 2018

August 20-22, Copenhagen
Cost: £405

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Copenhagen will have the honour of hosting the 6th international conference on Preventing Overdiagnosis. Our aim is to facilitate a movement toward responsible global solutions for preventing overdiagnosis and overuse.

Preventing Overdiagnosis covers how physicians, researchers and patients can implement solutions to the problems of overdiagnosis and overuse in the healthcare system using evidence available and that currently being generated. Delegates learn how to avoid waste, use best practice when communicating and engaging with patients and the public, and achieve a better understanding of the benefits of shared decision making within the constraints of modern practice.

Conference partners include The BMJ, Oxford University, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Consumer Reports, Wiser Healthcare,  and The Dartmouth Institute.

10th World Hearing Voices Congress, The Hague

September 13 & 14

Hearing voices is a common human experience. A lot of people who hear voices find a way to live with their voices. Other people have a lot of problems with the voices they hear. Voice-hearers have a long history of stigmatisation, pathologisation, exclusion and violations of their human rights. The worldwide Hearing Voices Movement aims to help voice-hearers find a way to live with their voices and to emancipate the hearing of voices.

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Open Dialogue Foundation Training, Tacoma WA

Commencing November 2018. Application deadline June 30.
Cost: $249

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At the Center for Dialog & Resolution, Tacoma, Washington for mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers

This programme has been developed over the past 8 years, and is now the most widely used Open Dialogue foundation training internationally. It was originally developed by Volkmar Aderhold and others, based on extensive clinical experience and several visits to study the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland. It has been refined over the years, based on the experience of what has seemed most effective, having been run extensively in Germany, and also in Switzerland, the US, the UK and Australia. It provides a thorough grounding in the practice of facilitating Open Dialogue network meetings.

This course has been at the heart of the development of the Parachute Project in New York City, along with Intentional Peer Support training programmes. Clinicians and peers working in mobile crisis teams and respite centres across four of New York’s boroughs undertook the training, led by Volkmar and Petra Hohn, as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city.

It has been run twice in the UK, including teams from several NHS Trusts, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers. It was also the training chosen for the Queensland Peer Supported Open Dialogue project.

The training in Tacoma will be led by Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, with Mia Kurtti and Anni Haase from the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland, along with Alita Markus and additional Open Dialogue trainers. 4 trainers will be present on every day of the programme, to facilitate small groups, and enhance the quality of the training experience.

This a unique opportunity to learn from those who are involved in the development of the Open Dialogue approach in several international locations.


Online Continuing Education CoursesMIACE-logo

Mad in America Continuing Education 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.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal II: The Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Challenges, Opportunities, and Shared Decision Making

This second series of on-line continuing education presentations will inform participants of what we know about withdrawing from psychiatric medications. This set of 8 monthly webinars will focus on the views of internationally recognized psychiatrists and begin on June 19 with a town hall session hosted by Robert Whitaker with 3 participants. One will be a person with lived experience in withdrawing, the second and third will be a psychiatrist and a family doctor.

Times for the webinars will be 1:30-3 PM Eastern US; 10:30 AM-Noon Pacific. (The two exceptions are for the December and January webinars.) All webinars will be posted immediately after the “live” events so that they will be available for viewing by all registered students for at least one year afterward.

The fee for individuals is $100 for the eight webinar course.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals are available. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Organizational Fee: Organizations may purchase registrations for up to 25 students at a discounted price.

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