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March 27, 2020 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

New CEO Search Underway

Chief Executive Officer, Open Excellence (Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care)

Wilsonville, Oregon  (Portland area)

Background

As the new brand for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Open Excellence seeks to connect the passion of private philanthropy with the world’s top researchers and programs to bring recovery–based care and support to every community. The organization was founded on the principle that people experiencing distress should be treated as people first—not as diagnoses or cases. Its core beliefs revolve around the conviction that the current medical model of mental illness should be challenged in favor of a wellness model where the expectation is recovery rather than a lifetime of disability.

Open Excellence links people from around the globe who share a common dedication to improving mental health outcomes through promising new programs. By relying less on medication and more on engaging families and communities, these programs empower individuals to create their own path to recovery.

Open Excellence is currently structured on a community foundation model and encompasses a variety of initiatives and funds, including donor-advised funds. It is a convener of interested parties and a catalyst for positive change in the field. Supported through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and legacy gifts, it engages in a broad scope of activity to advance independent research, innovative programs and its own initiatives. It has a staff of 4.5 FTEs and an annual budget of approximately $1 million. For more information about Open Excellence, visit their website at OpenExcellence.org.

Position Summary

Open Excellence is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead and grow its U.S. and international programs. The successful candidate will have a passion for recovery-based care and be able to skillfully engage key constituencies to improve the mental health system. The CEO should embody an entrepreneurial spirit, seeking out creative new initiatives and engaging funders to enable those efforts.

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February 18, 2020 by Gail Hornstein, PhD

Freed from Fear: Voice hearers help each other find their way

Hearing Voices peer-support groups are transforming the lives of people all over the world, enabling them to understand and cope with experiences that have long confused and frightened them. Many have spent years in the psychiatric system yet continue to struggle with extreme states or anomalous thoughts, perceptions, or feelings. Often labeled “chronic” or “treatment-resistant” patients, they can become increasingly isolated from others and estranged from themselves.

Hearing Voices groups offer a crucial alternative, allowing the transformational power of relationship to foster a deeper understanding of mental life, both in themselves and in other people.

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February 2, 2020 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

Excellence Bids Farewell to Founding Executive Gina Nikkel, PhD

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Board of Directors is announcing that Dr. Gina Nikkel will be stepping down as the President & CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care to take a new position.

Gina was our founding director, and her audacious plan to promote reform in mental health care shepherded us from a start-up to a leader in funding independent research, education, and programs that support recovery-oriented practices. By connecting private philanthropy with top researchers and programs to support the Foundation’s unique vision, she knew we could encourage excellence and envision new benchmarks for care and approaches to research that are now becoming mainstream.

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January 21, 2020 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

Mad in America Continuing Education 2020 Webinar Course: Innovative Approaches with People Who are Suicidal

Early Bird discount of $75 if you register before February 15

Despite national and local suicide prevention efforts, the suicide rate in the United States has steadily climbed over the past two decades. The same rise in suicide has been reported among veterans. As a society, we need to rethink our efforts to helping people who are suicidal.

Mad in America Continuing Education is hosting an 11-seminar course in 2020 that will promote that “rethinking” effort. The eleven presentations will focus on the following:

  • What are the social factors, such as unemployment and gun ownership, that are known to affect suicide rates?
  • Why haven’t suicide awareness programs lowered suicide rates? Do antidepressants reduce—or increase—the risk of suicide?
  • A public health effort in Oregon that has successfully reduced suicide rates.
  • Innovative therapeutic programs, including several developed by people with lived experience, that are proving to be effective in lowering the risk of suicide.
  • How to protect mental health providers from liability when working with people who are suicidal.

We anticipate receiving approval for a total of 11.0 CEs (1.0 CE credit for each webinar) for psychologists, social workers, nurses, licensed professional counselors, and marriage/family therapists.

View schedule & register

(Use coupon code  FEMHC for $50 off the regular course fee.)

All courses are presented live and also recorded, and thus are available at times convenient for those who are enrolled.

If you have any questions, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

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January 19, 2020 by HOPEnDialogue International Research Collaborative

Open Dialogue International Research Collaborative Winter/Spring 2020

 

The HOPEnDialogue project website is now live!

HOPEnDialogue has been designed to connect the Open Dialogue research projects emerging worldwide. In February 2019, the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care awarded a research grant to the Italian National Research Council that allowed HOPEnDialogue to start. HOPEnDialogue has two purposes. First, it investigates the effectiveness of Open Dialogue in different contexts. Second, it aims to connect and support the Open Dialogue Learning Community in centers that adopt Open Dialogue with fidelity.

Check out the project website, take the survey, and register now for the 3rd Meeting of the International Open Dialogue Research Collaboration conference on the 4th and 5th of May in Rome.

More details about the conference and the next Advisory Board meeting in May will come soon.

 

 

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October 1, 2019 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION

During our Matching Gift Challenge

We have some wonderful news – for you and also for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.  We have received confirmation that one of our friends and philanthropic partners has stepped forward with a $400,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

If you are able to make a gift between now and October 31st, your contribution will be matched – dollar for dollar – by the Open Society Foundations.  For the next 31 days you can double the impact of your support for connecting philanthropy with the world’s top researchers and programs to bring recovery-based care and supports to every community.

Help us quickly turn this $400,000 gift into $800,000 so that we may continue to make great strides and impact bringing hope to individuals and their families, giving psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians better tools, giving people better outcomes, and addressing a wide range of society’s challenges, save a great deal of public money and prevent unnecessary human suffering.

Please don’t delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 20, 2019 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION

During our 2019 Matching Gift Challenge

We have some wonderful news – for you and also for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.  We have received confirmation that one of our friends and philanthropic partners has stepped forward with a $400,000 Matching Gift Challenge between today and Oct 31!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2019 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

World Film Premiere – Beyond Possible: How the Hearing Voices Approach Transforms Lives

Learn more and support the Hearing Voices Research & Development Fund.

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August 30, 2019 by Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

3rd Meeting of the International Open Dialogue Research Collaboration

Call for abstracts

There is an increasing amount of interest in Open Dialogue around the world. OD training programs currently are offered in the UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Japan, etc. and a considerable amount of research being done in the wake of these training programs. The largest-ever RCT of Open Dialogue, the ODDESSI-trial (Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness), is in its second year.

This year (2019), the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care has funded the HOPEnDialogue research project. The purpose of the project is to promote and assess the fidelity of Open Dialogue practice and evaluate its effectiveness internationally and is inspired by and linked to the ODDESSI trial. HOPEnDialogue is coordinated by the Italian National Research Council and involve an international Advisory Board of twenty OD experts.

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July 21, 2019 by Christopher Gordon, MD

Reflections on Rome

Kickoff of the New Open Dialogue International Research Collaborative: Hopes for HOPEnDialogue

On July 2 and 3, 2019, I was privileged to attend the first meeting of the HOPEnDialogue International Research Collaborative in Rome.  I attended as a representative of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, along with the Foundation’s President and CEO, Gina Nikkel, and the Foundation’s new Chief Philanthropy Officer, Kevin Aspegren.

The meeting was hosted by the leaders of the project, Raffaella Pocobello and Giuseppe Salamina, and brought together forty representatives from 12 countries, first in an open forum to discuss the goals and overarching strategy of the project, and a second day for the 20 international members of the Advisory Council to address more focused challenges, such as site selection requirements; inclusion/exclusion criteria; training; fidelity; and outcomes.

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