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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.

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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Making Recovery Happen in Psychosis: An Integrated Practice Approach to Recovery

Arco Iris Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1st October 2018 to 4th of October 2018, Facilitated by Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor. All proceeds to go to Ron’s House without stairs Campaign

This 4 day course brings together the learning from Ron &
Karen’s 20 years of working with people labeled as psychotic.
This will be Ron’s last teaching trip to the USA, so this course
will be a last opportunity to explore this topic in person with
Ron & Karen.

For: Professionals Working in Mental Health, Peers, People with Lived Experience, & Family members

Cost $800 for professionals
Cost $600 for waged family members
Cost $400 for people with lived experience and Concessions

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Early booking advised as places are restricted and will be
allocated on a first come first served basis. Lunch, all training
materials, and course certificate included.

Course Information
Karen Taylor and Ron Coleman have a twenty year track record of working together and providing innovative, customized training for agencies that wish to implement recovery processes and practices within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors in the UK, USA, Australia, NZ and other European countries. Our knowledge base arises from a combination of lived experience, professional education and continual practice. We are confident in working with people who have a lived experience, professionals, and family members and believe passionately in dialogue between these groups. Our main expertise is in developing recovery practice and recovery planning training within the areas of deep emotional distress which often is translated in the psychiatric system as ‘Psychosis’ and “Borderline Personality Disorder.”
However, we prefer to see the practices we explore as relevant across the spectrum of “disorders” or deep emotional distress. The 4 days will be a blend of experiential learning, group discussions, film, debate, reflection and journaling.

Day 1

During day one we explore the effectiveness of a recovery program in psychosis. This includes “Preparing for Recovery,” “You are not the Problem,” “Beyond The Illness Trap,” and useful recovery tools.

Day 2
The main focus of day two is working with difficult-to-engage narratives. During this day we explore the importance of narratives, and developing narrative connections. This involves understanding the process of Scaffolding as a method of supporting the person, and the use of Sculpting in helping the person make sense of the narrative.

Day 3
Day three is centered in working with voices and other extreme states. This day explores the use of a number of tools to help participants engage better and more effectively with “Psychosis.” This includes use of voice dialogue, sculpting, externalization, remembering, developing formulations and developing coping strategies.

Day 4
Day four focuses on developing resilience and working with families as partners and major stakeholders in the recovery process. This includes the use of compassionate, meditative, and spiritual approaches to resilience. We also spend time trying out the various techniques learnt during the previous
three days.

For a place to stay just a 20-minute walk from the venue, we suggest the Pecos Trail Inn, one of Santa Fe’s most unique and enjoyable hotels, located just 7 minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The property features 23 spacious, an outdoor pool, a small park and many sitting areas to enjoy the scenery.

Open Dialogue Foundation Training, Tacoma WA

Commencing February 2019. 
Cost: $4,000 per person (or four installments of $1,100)

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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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