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Online Family Recovery Education

Families Healing Together is an online recovery education program designed to support individuals, families and friends who are recovering from mental health challenges, trauma or psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, anxiety and other disorders. Our relationship-centered recovery approach helps families explore the mental health continuum and the recovery skills and attitudes that build bridges from dis-ease to hope, transformation and healing.

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Find conference presentations sponsored or co-sponsored by Excellence, journal articles, and a selection of books. Watch this page for new research results; when one of our grantees delivers a project report, it is published here.

In the Stacks
Conference & Symposium Presentations
Recommended Reading: Journal Articles | Books

Latest Resources
•  Understanding Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)
•  Early Psychosis Intervention Program Directory MapPDF
•  RxISK Guide to Stopping Antidepressants

Grantee Reports & Publications
•  Alternative National Treatment Guidelines Children, Michael J. Murphy, EdD
•  Antipsychotic Medication for Schizophrenia Ineffective in the Long Term,   Martin Harrow, MD
•  Recovery from Schizophrenia, Martin Harrow, MD
•  Bringing Open Dialogue to the U.S., Doug Ziedonis, MD


Conference Presentations

Yale Symposium, April 2015: New Data & New Hopes Call for New Practices in Clinical Psychiatry

An international gathering at Yale University which reviewed new data generated over the last decade related to the treatment, course, and outcome of serious mental illnesses and the implications of these data for changing clinical practice in psychiatry. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. | Symposium agenda

Davidson_Yale-2015_YouTube_thumbThe role of psychosocial interventions in promoting recovery | Larry Davidson, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video David Healy Yale Symposium 2015 VideoWhat the antidepressant story tells us about recovery
David Healy, MD, FRC Psyc | Slides (PDF), Video
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gordon_yale_thumbOpen Dialogue: The Advocates Experience – The Collaborative Pathway and Open Dialogue in Community-Based Flexible Supports | Christopher Gordon, MD | Slides (PDF), Video lex-video-thumbRole of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part II | Lex Wunderink MD, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video
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harrow-video-thumbRole of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part I
Martin Harrow, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video
Harding_Yale-2015_YouTube_thumbLessons we have learned from longitudinal research about what promotes recovery from psychosis | Courtenay Harding, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video

 

 


Reclaiming Childhood Conference

Co-sponsorship of the Children’s Mental Health Summit, September 2012.
A national gathering in Syracuse, New York, with over 75 presentation documents. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc., The Gifford Foundation, Contact Community Services, Inc. and The David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.


Symposium, September 2011

The second international summit (Chapel Hill, NC) was organized by Excellence with the goals of gathering and disseminating accurate information and helping to shift awareness. Participants presented the following discussion papers:

Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA), Ryan Melton, LPC, ACS, PhD (ABD)
Open Dialogue, Mary E. Olson, PhD
Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS), Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Healing the Body and Mind, Mark Foster, DO

Also discussed: Identifying Priorities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Serious Mental Illness. One of the investigators is past Foundation board member John Gilmore, M.D., UNC – Chapel Hill.


Symposium, February, 2011

The first Excellence symposium (Portland, OR). An international gathering of mental health treatment professionals in response to Robert Whitaker’s shocking assessment of research on psychotropic drugs in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. We created discussion papers along four tracks: medication optimization, schizophrenia treatment, depression treatment and public policy:

Medication Optimization in the Service of Recovery
Guidelines for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Effective Strategies for Positive Long-Term Outcomes in Depression
Protocol for Antidepressant Use
The Evidence Base for Antidepressants.
Medication Optimization: Public Policy & Administration
Moving Forward: Public Policy Recommendations


Journal Articles


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  • A Good Soldier

    A Good Soldier

    Ally Golden
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  • The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

    The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

    Joanna Moncrieff
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  • Working with Voices II: Victim to Victor

    Working with Voices II: Victim to Victor

    Ron Coleman & Mike Smith
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  • Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

    Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

    Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove
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  • Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

    Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

    Robert Whitaker
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  • Please Don’t Label My Child: Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child’s Emotional Health

    Please Don’t Label My Child: Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child’s Emotional Health

    Scott M. Shannon, MD
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  • Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness

    Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness

    Gail Hornstein, PhD
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  • All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

    All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

    Sheila Hamilton
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  • Pharmageddon

    Pharmageddon

    David Healy, MD
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  • Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    Anne Cooke, Editor
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  • Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families

    Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families

    Peter R. Breggin, MD
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  • Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

    Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

    Stuart L. Kaplan, MD
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  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

    Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

    Gayathri Ramprasad
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  • The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice

    The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice

    William A. Anthony, PhD, and Marianne D. Farkas, MD
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  • Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets

    Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets

    Karen V. Unger
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  • Mental Health for the Whole Child

    Mental Health for the Whole Child

    Scott M. Shannon, MD, with Noah Gallagher Shannon
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  • Recovery: an Alien Concept?

    Recovery: an Alien Concept?

    Ronald Coleman
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  • Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

    Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

    Grace E. Jackson, MD
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  • Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

    Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

    Scott Shannon, MD, Editor
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  • Help-Mental Illness to Wellness: The Impact of Food on Our Mental Health

    Help-Mental Illness to Wellness: The Impact of Food on Our Mental Health

    Carolyn Marsalis M.Ed.
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  • Toward a Vision of Recovery for Mental Health and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

    Toward a Vision of Recovery for Mental Health and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

    William A. Anthony, PhD, with Cheryl Gagne and William White
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  • Southern Vapors

    Southern Vapors

    Lynn Garson
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  • Dear Luise : A story of power and powerlessness in Denmark’s psychiatric care system

    Dear Luise : A story of power and powerlessness in Denmark’s psychiatric care system

    Dorrit Cato Christensen
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  • Choices in Recovery: 27 Non-drug Approaches for Adult Mental Health / an Evidence-Based Guide

    Choices in Recovery: 27 Non-drug Approaches for Adult Mental Health / an Evidence-Based Guide

    Craig Wagner
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  • Levels of Schizophrenia

    Levels of Schizophrenia

    Albert E. Scheflen, MD
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  • WRAP Recovery Books

    WRAP Recovery Books

    Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD
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  • The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children, Expanded and Revised Edition

    The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children, Expanded and Revised Edition

    Michael J. Goldberg
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  • The Healing Paradox

    The Healing Paradox

    Steven Goldsmith, MD
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  • Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace

    Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace

    Lauren Spiro
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