Personal tools

"International Recovery Perspectives: Action on Alternatives"

— filed under:

This conference will offer an opportunity to hear from distinguished researchers, advocates, activists and clinical practitioners on creating alternatives for mental health recovery.

  • Meeting
When Jun 05, 2008 01:00 AM to
Jun 06, 2008 01:00 AM
Where Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Contact Name
Add event to calendar vCal

The “International Recovery Perspectives: Action on Alternatives” conference offers participants an opportunity to hear from distinguished clinical practitioners, researchers, advocates, authors and activists who are renowned for their work in alternatives for recovery.  The conference is a collaborative initiative between the Leadership Project (Toronto) and the International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR).  This is a rare opportunity for Ontarians and our neighbours to meet with, and hear from the members of INTAR and the other international guests who are working to create alternatives to psychiatric treatment, and who are pressing for meaningful change at the local, national and now, international levels.

The conference themes aim to:

•    affirm that people with serious mental health problems can, and do recover;
•    address new ways of thinking about, and therapeutically responding to ‘psychosis’;
•    consider the ‘caring community’ as the basis for creating and nurturing alternative supports;
•    create a critical dialogue about the excessive use of medication and the neglect of psychology, especially as it relates to the increased focus on youth;
•    critique the emergent ‘first episode’ service modality and pose alternative approaches that support choice, empowerment and wellness/recovery;
•    highlight the need for a harm reduction relationship with traditional psychiatry, one that asserts the need for consent, choice and autonomy;
•    address the progressive alliances being built amongst consumers/survivors, families, and service providers who are cooperating to improve mental health services;
•    examine peer support/wellness as the emergent ‘best practice’ in mental health and consider strategies for broader acceptance and funding of peer support/services;
•    show the vital interconnection between the human sciences, advocacy and activism;
•    pose community development, advocacy and anti-oppression as defining characteristics of an alternative treatment resource/service;
•    provide a platform for critical psychiatry with the view to a new practice that is more reflexive, less defensive, more compassionate and less imperious;
•    call for mental health care that is respectful, non-coercive and anti-oppressive; and,
•    celebrate the spirit and resilience of the people who ‘survive, thrive and give back’.

Donate Now

Give securely online and indicate if you have a preferred campaign that you'd like to support with your donation!

Register for the 2015 Conference

We are delighted to be affiliated with the ISEPP annual conference, Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model. Please join us to Continue the Creative Revolution by registering today!

We are MFI

Cindi Fisher, mother of psychiatric survivor

Cindi Fisher has fought for years for her son, who has experienced forced psychiatric drugging and other human rights violations in the State of Washington. She has even held protest fasts on her son's behalf (see photo of Day One). Cindi says: "In the past, advocating for my 33-year-old psychiatric survivor son over the years has been very frustrating and has sometimes felt hopeless! Now, as a member of MindFreedom, I feel I have the voice of thousands to join me. My effectiveness and awareness as an advocate has indeed multiplied a thousand times. Thank you David and MindFreedom for your many years of work to build such a powerful and empowering organization!"
Sign Up Today!

Social and Email Marketing by VerticalResponse


Facebook Like Box