Subscribe X
Back to Top

Get Involved

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, Next class begins March 15.
Cost: $249

Learn More

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.


Hearing Voices Network Introduction Presentation

Saturday, March 23, 3:00p.m., Seattle, WA
Cost: Free, open to the public

Learn More

John Herold, director of Puget Sound Hearing Voices, Cindy Olejar and Steve Mazur, directors of Seattle Hearing Voices and others will present.

This presentation will introduce the history of the Hearing Voices Network Movement, share coping and engagement strategies, and discuss how Hearing Voices Groups give members room to explore their unique or extreme experiences on their own terms. For more information contact Cindy at

Open Dialogue Foundation Training, Tacoma WA

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

Learn More

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.


Integrative Mental Health Conference, April 15-17, 2019, San Francisco, CA

Learn more & register

“A new integrative model is emerging that takes account of psychological, social, and spiritual factors as well as brain biochemistry. This groundbreaking, multidisciplinary conference will cover the key components of integrative mental health treatment to help mental health professionals use this new model in practice.” –Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of integrative treatment modalities continues to expand and includes research on:

  • Nutrition
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Mind-body Interventions
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychedelics
  • Conventional Treatments

The Integrative Mental Health Conference offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn integrative care techniques and network with like-minded physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists.

Intentional Peer Support Core Training, June 17th – 21st, 2019, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Core Training is a 5-day overview of the IPS principles and tasks that’s highly interactive, full of rich dialogues, and designed to have you learning and practicing peer support right away.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn IPS in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico this Summer!  Seats offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration Cost:  $900 (includes lunch)

Learn more & register

Nutritional Medicine as Mainstream in Psychiatry, International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research Conference, October 20-22, 2019, London, UK

Learn more & register

The second major international meeting of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, to be held in London, United Kingdom, between the 20th to 22nd of October 2019 will take place at the The Park Plaza London Riverbank on the banks of the Thames River, within 1.4 miles of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, and a 15-minute stroll from the London Eye.

The ISNPR conference will comprise:

  • Plenary presentations from leading international researchers
  • State of the art symposia and free oral presentations from researchers and clinicians
  • Multidisciplinary workshops for psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians and other health professionals
  • An exciting social program

This meeting will build upon the initial 2017 conference and will reflect the broad and evolving spectrum of Nutritional Psychiatry research, from the sub-cellular to translation and implementation science. The program will emphasise the international growth of the field, and cater to the interests of researchers and clinicians from the fields of psychiatry and psychology, as well as public health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, dietetics and integrative medicine. There will be a strong focus on basic science and the biological processes and factors that underpin the links between diet, nutrition and mental health, including the gut-brain axis, immunological and metabolic processes and molecular science. This meeting will also focus on translation and public health applications of Nutritional Psychiatry, with a focus to build capacity across clinical, research, and public domains.

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 informs participants of what we know about withdrawing from psychiatric medications. This set of 8 monthly webinars focuses on the views of internationally recognized psychiatrists and began on June 19 with a town hall session hosted by Robert Whitaker and a panel including a person with lived experience in withdrawing, a psychiatrist, and a family doctor.

Times for the webinars are 1:30-3 PM Eastern US; 10:30 AM-Noon Pacific. (The two exceptions are for the December and January webinars.) Webinars are posted immediately after the “live” events and 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.

register now

View All Current Courses