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Our groups are starting up again and we need are recruiting more facilitators! Our director, Kate Hill is now taking applications. If you are interested, please send resume/cover letter to kate@portlandhearingvoices.net.

We are also still seeking community support and resources. Please download our Appeal Letter and spread the word: http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ PortlandHearingVoices-SupportGroupsAppeal2013.pdf.

You can also read an interview with the new Portland Hearing Voices Director Kate Hill here.




Ongoing Groups

Voices, Visions, and Extreme States Support Group

Weekly Friday evenings 6-7:30 begins April 4th 2014

Location: Outside/In 1132 SW 13th Ave. downtown Portland

Facilitated by Portland Hearing Voices peer facilitators. Open to people who have voices, visions, and extreme states experiences that might be diagnosed as 'psychosis-' others please contact us instead.

What is it like to live with voices, visions, wild energy, and extreme states of consciousness? This peer-run group asks what these experiences mean to each of us and how can we learn to accept and live with who we are. We discuss ways to cope with the isolation of our lives, deal with crisis, and discover new ways of seeing "madness." Are there creative and spiritual sides to what we go through? Do we have to define ourselves as having diseases, or are there other ways of understanding? Come learn what mental diversity all about.

Open to people who hear voices, see visions, experience extreme states, and have unusual beliefs, including mental health diagnosis of bipolar, schizophrenia, and psychosis. Inclusive, non-judgmental, pro-treatment choice and pro-diversity. People taking medications, not taking medications, and exploring alternatives including coming off medications are welcome. Drop-in, no registration needed.

Come to meet others, learn how to regain control of our lives, and explore the meaning in madness.

For information contact
portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com
www.portlandhearingvoices. net
please join our mailing list for updates
http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/email.html

Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices and Outside/In

Download the Voices, Visions, And Extreme States Support Group Flyer here: http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/PDXVoicesVisionsExtremeStatesGroupFlyer04-14.pdf

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Past Events

Gary Greenberg, Author of
"The Book Of Woe: Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry"
in Dialogue With Madness Radio Host Will Hall

Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:30-9:30pm
Free
Powell's Bookstore Burnside
1005 W Burnside Portland

Download flier here: http://bit.ly/104suVF

Join Portland Hearing Voices in a co-sponsored event at Powell's book welcoming author Gary Greenberg in discussion with Will Hall, host of Madness Radio. Gary will be talking about and signing copies of his new book, "The Book Of Woe: Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry."

An exposé of the psychiatric profession’s bible from a leading psychotherapist, The Book of Woe reveals the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented—and why increasing numbers of therapy patients are being declared mentally ill.

“In this gripping, devastating account of psychiatric hubris, Gary Greenberg shows that the process of revising the DSM remains as haphazard and chaotic as ever. His meticulous research into the many failures of DSM-5 will spark concern, even alarm, but in doing so will rule out complacency. The Book of Woe deserves a very wide readership.”
—Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness

Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist and author of Manufacturing Depression and The Noble Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for many publications, including Harper’s, The New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones, where he is a contributor. Dr. Greenberg lives with his family in Connecticut. http://www.garygreenbergonline .com

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, is a therapist who has himself recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia and now teaches internationally. Director of Portland Hearing Voices and host of KBOO’s Madness Radio, Will has written in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health and in the upcoming Oxford University Press Modern Community Mental Health Work. He is author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, used widely in the peer recovery movement. http://www.willhall.net.

Co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices and Powell's Books.

More info: http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-2007-08-08-manufacturing- depression-gary-greenberg, http://www.garygreenbergonline .com, www.portlandhearingvoices. net







Working And Living With Suicidal Feelings:
From Powerlessness To Engagement

with Will Hall, MA, Dipl. PW

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:00am-5:00pm, Portland Oregon


Process Work Institute, 2049 NW Hoyt St.

Cost: $120 (PWI members $108)
Early Registration: $108 (PWI members $96) Early Registration Deadline: 05/24/2013

CEU’s available for this class through the NASW

To register contact: pwi@processwork.org or call (503) 223-8188

Download flier here.

Shrouded in taboo and judgment, suicidal feelings are much more common than we realize. Not a symptom of disease or sign of giving up on life, the urge to die is often a desperate need for change conflicting with an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. Many cultures around the world respect this encounter with the most sacred aspects of what it is to be human. How can we support others – and respond to these feelings in ourselves? What do we do when we are afraid someone might try to kill themselves? What is the role of professional intervention, and are there risks of making the situation worse?

Is it possible to use the power of suicidal feelings as a source of inspiration and revitalization?

Discover latest research about responding to suicidal feelings, hear about innovative practices, and learn practical tools for engaging with these often frightening and overwhelming emotional states. Clinicians, students, people who have struggled with suicidal feelings, family, and others welcome. Co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

Will Hall MA, DiplPW, is an internationally recognized therapist and mental diversity trainer who has himself recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Host of Madness Radio and founder of Portland Hearing Voices, Will’s writing has appeared in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health and Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach(Oxford Press). www.willhall.net

 





Icarus Project co-founders Sascha Altman DuBrul and Jacks McNamara,
Book readings and discussion on Creativity and Madness
April 1st, 7pm-9pm
Jack London Bar. 529 SW 4th Ave. Portland

Join Portland Hearing Voices in a co-sponsored event at Jack London Bar welcoming Sascha Altman DuBrul, author of Maps to the Other Side: The Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer, and Jacks McNamara, author of Inbetweenland, for Creativity and Madness. In this evening of readings, discussion, and selections of art from The Icarus Project 10th anniversary art show, we'll investigate creativity as a tool for survival and liberation. Facilitated by Sascha Altman Dubrul and Jacks McNamara.

More info? http://theicarusproject.net/

Sascha Altman DuBrul and Jacks McNamara,
co-founders of The Icarus Project:
Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness:
radical mental health workshop.
April 2nd, Red and Black Café 7pm
400 SE 12th Ave. Portland

Join Portland Hearing Voices in a co-sponsored event with Sascha Altman DuBrul and Jacks McNamara, co-authors of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness. In this workshop, we'll talk about what it means to be "crazy" in a crazy world, and find language for our own experiences of mental health and emotional/spiritual distress. Through facilitated discussion, writing, partnered exercises, sharing stories, and working on our own wellness maps, we'll develop our visions of self-care and community healing. Facilitated by Sascha Altman Dubrul and Jacks McNamara.

More info? http://theicarusproject.net/





Hearing Voices workshop:
Working With Voices For Key-Workers & Voice Hearers
With Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor
April 15-16, 2013 Portland, Oregon

Hearing voices is one of the most common experiences that people diagnosed with a psychotic illness have. Research has shown that many people continue to hear voices even after prolonged use of medication and this has meant that many voice hearers do not get relief from their experiences. The consequence of this is that many people live lives that are low in quality & high in distress. Many professionals are left frustrated when medication does not deliver the desired results.

Join Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor of Working to Recovery Ltd. for a two-day workshop for voice hearers and those who work with them. This workshop will provide a space for the voice hearers to be teachers and the workers to be the learners! We hope to give workers the confidence to work individually with their clients on understanding the voices and the knowledge to promote Hearing Voices groups with in their services, as well as supporting the workers to help advocate with more understanding for medication reductions and different approaches to treatment, including trauma informed care. This will be a hands-on, experiential workshop.

Download flyer here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ HearingVoicesApril2013RonColemanTrainingflyer.pdf

SPACE IS LIMITED: 15 voice hearers, 30 workers/service providers* *Ideally, the participants will consist of direct mental health service providers and voice hearers that have an ongoing working relationship to promote continuation of the practices learned in the workshop.

REGISTRATION COST: $10 for voice hearers, $60 for workers/service providers The registration includes the cost of the required workbook “Working With Voices”

Please contact Nicole for more information on how to register: nicolemhao@gmail.com or (503) 922-2377

Ron Coleman is a Mental Health Trainer and Consultant specializing in psychosis prevention and resolution. He has designed training packages to enable voice hearers to gain ascendancy over the negative aspects of the voice hearing experience. His own route to recovery, after spending 13 years in and out of the psychiatric system, has given him many insights into the many difficult issues facing today’s mental health services. Ron has published several books including ‘Politics of the Madhouse’, co-authored ‘Working with Voices’ & ‘Working to Recovery’ and also wrote ‘Recovery an Alien Concept?’ – Ron is now back in his homeland of Scotland after 20 years of self imposed exile!

Karen Taylor is an RMN with 16 years experience in the NHS in England with both older people and adults of working age. She has personal experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative community care services. After leaving the NHS she managed a company ‘Keepwell Ltd’ for 2 years. Whilst there she co-authored the workbook ‘Working to Recovery’ and ran a psychosis resolution service based on Recovery. Karen has also been involved in introducing recovery training into Australia, New Zealand, Palestine, Denmark and Italy as well as throughout the UK. Based in Scotland Karen is also a Director with Ron Coleman in ‘Working to Recovery Limited’.





OPEN DIALOGUE FILM: An Alternative, Finnish Approach to Healing Psychosis

Video Showing And Discussion

Thursday, January 31, 2013
7:30-9:30pm
Free and open to the public
Process Work Institute, 2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland

Download flyer here: www.portlandhearingvoices.net/ files/OpenDialogueFilmShowingJan2013Flyer.pdf

Finland once boasted some of Europe's poorest outcomes for schizophrenia, but today has the best recovery results in the world. They turned their system around with an approach called Open Dialogue. Open Dialogue meets clients in crisis immediately and often daily until the crises are resolved. They avoid hospitalization and its consequential stigma, preferring to meet in the homes of those seeking their services. And, perhaps most controversially, they avoid the use of anti-psychotic medication wherever possible. They also work in groups, because they view psychosis as a problem involving relationships.

Open Dialogue is a new way of approaching psychosis that is rich with application in the US: low use of medications, team approach, working with families and relationships, dialogic listening, non-hierarcy and openness among professionals, non-diagnostic language, and expectation of recovery. Come learn about how Open Dialogue helps people and how we can use these approaches in the US.

Daniel Mackler's 74 Minute film about Open Dialogue will be shown, followed by a discussion led by Will Hall, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor and director of Portland Hearing Voices, who is training with Open Dialogue creator Jaakko Seikkula. (Will is also offering a day long Introduction to Open Dialogue workshop on February 10.)

Co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Empowerment Initiatives, Rethinking Psychiatry, and the Mental Health Association of Portland

More info: http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-mary-olson-open-dialog, http:// beyondmeds.com/2011/03/21/finnishopendialogue/, www.willhall.net/ opendialogue







Introduction to Open Dialogue Approach to First Episode Psychosis

A Workshop With Will Hall, MA, DiplPW

Sunday, February 10, 2013 10am-4:00pm
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR

Workshop fee: $90; Pre-registration recommended: (503) 223-8188; pwi@processwork.org

info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com;

CEU's are available for this event

Download flyer here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/OpenDialogueIntroductionWorkshop2013.pdf .

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, and Empowerment Initiatives.

Dr.Jaakko Seikkula and colleagues in Finland have developed “Open Dialogue,” a family network approach to first episode psychosis. Open Dialogue de-emphasizes pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a dialogue with the social network and organizes a “treatment meeting” within twenty-four hours. This reduces hospitalization, lowers use of medication, and leads to less recurrance of crisis.

In a five-year follow-up, 83% of patients returned to their jobs or studies and were not receiving government disability, and 77% did not have psychotic symptoms. Open Dialogue is gaining support in the US after Robert Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of An Epidemic, featured it as an effective alternative to the poor treatment outcomes for psychosis in the US.

Open Dialogue is a new way of approaching psychosis that is rich with application in the US: low use of medications, team approach, working with families and relationships, dialogic listening, non-hierarcy and openness among professionals, non-diagnostic language, and expectation of recovery. Come learn about how Open Dialogue helps people and how we can use these approaches in the US. Similarities with Process Work and other approaches will be addressed, and you will learn new tools to put into practice right away.

Portland Hearing Voices Director, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, and therapist Will Hall is currently training with Dr. Seikkula and his colleague Dr. Mary Olson in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice. This introductory workshop with Will provides a basic introduction to Open Dialogue and the concepts behind it. (Open Dialogue is a Finnish hospital clinical method based on 3 years+ training, and this Introduction does not represent the depth of that method, but instead serves to spark interest in learning more.) This is the third year this popular workshop has been offered in Portland.

A limited number of scholarships are available for this workshop, please contact us.

More info: http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-mary-olson-open-dialog, http:// beyondmeds.com/2011/03/21/finnishopendialogue/, www.willhall.net/ opendialogue





Understanding Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach

with Will Hall MA, Dipl PW

Sunday, October 21
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland


$120 ($108 before Oct. 8th)
Space limited; pre-registration recommended
Registration: info@processwork.org
Scholarship info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com
5.75 CEU’s available for this workshop

Download flyer here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/PsychMedicationsWorkshopOct21- 2012WillHall.pdf

How can anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and other drugs be used wisely? What are the risks and benefits? How can we collaborate effectively with prescribers, and what about reducing and withdrawal from medications? Come learn a pragmatic harm reduction approach that is neither pro- nor anti- medication, but instead based in mental diversity. Everyone is welcome: professionals, survivors, students, family, and anyone taking or not taking medications.

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, is a therapist who has himself recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia and now teaches internationally. Director of Portland Hearing Voices and host of KBOO’s Madness Radio, Will has written in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health and in the upcoming Oxford University Press Modern Community Mental Health Work. He is author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, used widely in the peer recovery movement. http://www.willhall.net.

Co-Sponsored by: Process Work Institute, Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, and Empowerment Initiatives

For more information: www.processwork.org and www.portlandhearingvoices. net





Facilitators Training Led by Chaya Grossberg and Kate Hill

November 5 & 6, 2012, 10am to 4pm

Our United Villages, 3625 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227

Cost: $140  |  Scholarships available; please inquire.

Space is limited to 40 participants. Preregistration is required.
To reserve your space, or if you have any questions, contact:
Chaya at chayamhap@yahoo.com
or Kate at miskate2u@gmail.com
This two-day training for mental health consumers, providers, and anyone who is interested, will provide you with a deeper understanding of extreme states and voices, and prepare you to start your own Hearing Voices group.

Led by facilitating trainers Chaya Grossberg and Kate Hill, the training will include a brief history of the Hearing Voices movement, an informed perspective on medications, the importance of spirituality and the repercussions of trauma. Participants will develop their skills with hands-on learning experiences, including practice groups and role-playing of challenging scenarios. People on or off medications are welcome.

Chaya Grossberg has facilitated support groups with people experiencing extreme states of consciousness for 10 years. She has also spoken and written publicly about her own experiences and views of extreme states. She seeks to empower us as individuals with unique experiences of what we call reality.

Kate Hill is currently a Portland Hearing Voices facilitator. She is also a former Mental Health Assistant and psychiatric survivor. She has been living in Portland for 20+ years, finds language in the fine and performing arts, and is pursuing an education at the Process Work Institute.




Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training
July 16-18, 2012
Portland Oregon (location TBA)
Free training, space limited
apply here: www.peerlinktac.org/hearing-voices
Applications are due Friday June 15

The Hearing Voices Facilitators Training will give you the skills and knowledge to run Hearing Voices and Extreme States support groups!

Hearing Voices Groups (also called Voices and Extreme States groups) are a peer-led place to share and explore voices and any other kind of unusual and extreme experience, in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere. These states are sometimes labeled psychosis, but we need to embrace a much wider view of human possibility. Started more than 20 years ago in Europe, these groups are now spreading in the US! One of the original UK Hearing Voices founders, Ron Coleman, will lead the training, joined by Oryx Cohen (National Empowerment Center) and Will Hall (Portland Hearing Voices).

In this 3-day training voice hearers and people with unusual experiences come together with people who have not experienced these states. The result is a powerful diversity for learning, and a solid foundation for setting up and facilitating groups.

Peers, professionals, and everyone are welcome: priority to those committed to creating a group.

Sponsored by Peerlink, SAMHSA, and Portland Hearing Voices





OPEN DIALOGUE FILM: An Alternative, Finnish Approach to Healing Psychosis

Video Showing And Discussion

Friday, February 17, 2012
Part of Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival
6:30pm
Portland First Unitarian Church

Finland once boasted some of Europe's poorest outcomes for schizophrenia, but today has the best recovery results in the world. They turned their system around with an approach called Open Dialogue. Open Dialogue meets clients in crisis immediately and often daily until the crises are resolved. They avoid hospitalization and its consequential stigma, preferring to meet in the homes of those seeking their services. And, perhaps most controversially, they avoid the use of anti-psychotic medication wherever possible. They also work in groups, because they view psychosis as a problem involving relationships.

Daniel Mackler's 74 Minute film about Open Dialogue will be shown, followed by a discussion led by Will Hall, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor and director of Portland Hearing Voices, who is training with Open Dialogue creator Jaakko Seikkula. (Will is also offering a day long Introduction to Open Dialogue workshop on February 25.)

More info: http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-mary-olson-open-dialog http:// beyondmeds.com/2011/03/21/finnishopendialogue/





Introduction to Open Dialogue Approach to First Episode Psychosis
A Workshop With Will Hall, MA, DiplPW

Saturday, February 25, 2012 10am-2:00pm
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR

Workshop fee: $60 (contact us about scholarships).

info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com

3.5 CEU's are available for this event

Download flyer here: http://www.portlandhearingvoices .net/files/ OpenDialogIntroductionWorkshop2012.pdf. Black and white version for printing here.

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, and National Association of Social Workers - Oregon Chapter Mental Health Network.

Dr. Jaakko Seikkula and colleagues in Finland have developed “Open Dialogue,” a family network approach to first episode psychosis. Open Dialogue de-emphasizes pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a dialogue with the social network and organizes a “treatment meeting” within twenty-four hours. This reduces hospitalization, lowers use of medication, and leads to less recurrance of crisis.

In a five-year follow-up, 83% of patients returned to their jobs or studies and were not receiving government disability, and 77% did not have psychotic symptoms. Open Dialogue is gaining support in the US after Robert Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of An Epidemic, featured it as an effective alternative to the poor treatment outcomes for psychosis in the US.

Portland Hearing Voices Director, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, and local therapist Will Hall is currently training with Dr. Seikkula and his colleague Dr. Mary Olson in Open Dialogue at the Mill River Institute in Haydenville MA. This introductory evening with Will provides a basic introduction to Open Dialogue and the concepts behind it. (Open Dialogue is a Finnish hospital clinical method based on 3 years+ training, and this Introduction does not represent the depth of that method, but instead serves to spark interest in learning more.)

For more information on Open Dialog, including a recent Madness Radio interview with Open Dialog practitioner Dr. Mary Olson and articles by Olson and Seikkula, please go to http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/alternative-for -psychosis/.







Mental Diversity Meetups
Informal public social gatherings open to all
Last Sunday of Every Month
4pm-6:30
Backspace Cafe 115 Northwest 5th Avenue at Couch

Everyone is invited to join Portland Hearing Voices for an informal gathering with drink, eats, and socializing. Meet new people, learn from each other, and build community. An antidote to loneliness! Look for the sign and check the whole cafe. There's no agenda, and it's self-facilitated: we just find each other and hang out. Anyone interested, not just those with extreme/visionary states, is welcome.

Look for a sign, and check the whole cafe, there may be just a few people or it might be a crowd!

Upcoming meetups are:

Sunday January 29, 2012
Sunday February 26
Sunday March 25







Understanding Extreme States and Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Process Work Approach

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 10am - 4:30 pm
Process Work Institute 2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland, Oregon

Taught by Will Hall MA, Dipl PW and Myriam Rahman MA, Dipl PW

$60; ($50 before Jan 20th) (please contact myriamrahman@gmail.com regarding scholarships) Space limited. Pre-registration recommended. Please contact portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com to register.

5.5 CEU's available for this workshop, please contact us

Download flyer here: http:/www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ExtremeStatesProcessWorkWkshp02-04- 2012MyriamRWillH.pdf. Black and white version for printing here.

Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, www.portlandhearingvoices.net, Mental Health Association of Portland, and National Association of Social Workers - Oregon Chapter Mental Health Network.

Is there meaning in madness? Is there potential growth in the distressing experiences labeled psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia?

This workshop will bring light to how the human mind is far more mysterious than a label or a diagnosis could ever encompass. We will discover the gifts of sensitivity, creativity, and spirituality that are intertwined with what gets called a disorder, and explore together the many ways for individuals who experience extreme states to live beyond the confines of a medical diagnosis.

Process Work skills allow us to approach extreme states as meaningful communication that reveals unique pathways for individual growth and social change. How can we engage with extreme states when they pose difficult and sometimes life-threatening challenges, including hospitalization; diagnosis; medication; and an identity of being ill? Using discussion, demonstrations, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide an introduction to a Process Oriented way to live and work with the meaning behind bipolar, schizophrenia, psychosis, and other extreme states of consciousness.

Everyone is invited to this in introductory and inclusive workshop: professionals, those interested in Process Work, people with diagnosis and/or extreme states, anyone taking or not taking medications, family members, and the community are all welcome.

About the co-teachers: Will Hall and Myriam Rahman offer a unique personal perspective on Process Work and psychiatric diagnosis from their own experience with hospitalization, diagnosis, and medication.

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, is a Portland based therapist and facilitator who has recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Director of Portland Hearing Voices, Will also hosts Madness Radio on KBOO and teaches internationally on new approaches to madness and extreme states. www.willhall.net.

Myriam Rahman, MA, DiplPW works with individuals, couples and families in her Portland, Oregon private therapy practice. She teaches internationally and is a trainer and consultant for Portland Hearing Voices. Myriam is a survivor of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder w/ psychosis and uses her experience of recovery in her work as a therapist and facilitator.

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net





Mental Health Advocates Meet!

December 13, 2011 6:30 - 8 PM
Kempton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland (arking Available)
FREE and open to the public

An opportunity for a community discussion about mental and addiction health issues with:

Amanda Fritz, Portland City Commissioner
Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Commission Chair

Sponsored by:Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Central City Concern, Disability Rights Oregon, Empowerment Initiatives, Eyes & Ears, Home Forward, Lifeworks NW, Luke-Dorf, The Lund Report, Mental Health Association of Portland, Portland Hearing Voices, Multnomah County Crisis Line, Telecare, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, The Skanner News, Street Roots, and others.

More information? Mental Health Association of Portland ? www.mentalhealthportland.org





Madness and Mental Diversity:
Psychosis, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia As Field Evolution
with Will Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
4134 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR
7pm -- Free

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An Evolver special presentation

Co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Portland Evolver, and the Mental Health Association of Portland

What if experiences labeled bipolar or schizophrenia are instead invitations to collaborate on mutual growth and evolution? What if "madness" is a purposeful and self-organizing potential for broader change?

Conventional frameworks view a "psychotic" disconnect from reality as a regression to an earlier developmental stage, a deficit/imbalance in normal functioning, or an excess of perception. Using Process Oriented Psychology, this Evolver special presentation will explore the meaning of "severe mental illness" and challenge us to rethink our relationship to extreme states within and around us. It will also offer a historical consideration of the psychedelic experience to help understand how it relates to psychosis.

About the presenter: Will Hall recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia and is a Portland based therapist in private practice who teaches internationally on Mental Diversity . He holds a Masters Degree and Diploma in Process Oriented Psychology, an awareness paradigm pioneered by physicist and Jungian analyst Arnold Mindell. Will hosts Madness Radio monthly on KBOO FM and is the Director of Portland Hearing Voices, a local support, education, and training community. www.willhall.net www.madnessradio.com

About Portland Hearing Voices:
Founded by schizophrenia diagnosis survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Project of the Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net

About Evolver:
"Evolver is a new social network for conscious collaboration. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to discover and share the new tools, initiatives, and ideas that will improve our lives and change the world. Are you an evolver? Evolvers are hope fiends and utopian pragmatists. We see the creative chaos of this time as a great gift and opportunity to rethink, reconnect, and reinvent. Evolvers appreciate pristine mountains, open source economics, and the precocious laughter of small children. Evolvers belong to the regenerative culture of the future, being born here and now." www.evolver.net





Rethinking Psychiatry Two-Day Symposium

Friday, May 13, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Creating a New Paradigm of Mental Health Care: What Needs to be Done? and Why?

Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Building Strong Communities: New Tools for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health

The First Unitarian Church of Portland
1011 SW 12th

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

Friday, May 13, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 PM Creating a New Paradigm of Mental Health Care: What needs to be done? And why?

Join Robert Whitaker as he facilitates a conversation with the audience and a panel of mental health care providers and peers on the current national movement to create a mental health care system that is more holistic, effective and humane.

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Building Strong Communities: New Tools for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health

Join us for workshops, open microphone, round table discussions and a community resource fair as we highlight the array of ideas, actions and activities that are helping to create the new paradigm of mental health care for all.

Portland Hearing Voices Workshop:
Coming Off Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach

Taught by Will Hall

Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Room Number: B202-B203

Do you want to get involved? There are many ways to participate including:

Conversation Cafe: Host a topic of conversation and round table discussion on Saturday in a larger area with tables, large paper and markers.

Community Resource Fair: Table highlighting your organization.

Workshop: Present a workshop, facilitate a discussion or provide a creative or healing experience.

For more information: Call Marcia Meyers at 503-665-3957 Email: healthymindshealthyhearts@gmail.com. See http://www.facebook.comevent.php?eid=138437579559635





Ethan Watters
author of Crazy Like Us: Globalization of the American Psyche
Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:30pm

Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside Portland, OR 97209

The most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture across the globe has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters, says Ethan Watters in Crazy Like Us (Free Press), but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself. American-style depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anorexia have begun to spread around the world like contagions, and the virus is us. Traveling from Hong Kong to Sri Lanka to Zanzibar to Japan, journalist Ethan Watters witnesses firsthand how Western healers often steamroll indigenous expressions of mental health and madness and replace them with our own. In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been homogenizing the way the world goes mad. Cosponsored by Portland Hearing Voices; introduced by Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices Director. http://www.crazylikeus.com/ www.portlandhearingvoices. net

Download flyer: http ://www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/Crazy_Like_US.jpg

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Participant reading- Write Around Portland Workshops
Free community reading & anthology release party
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6:30-8:00pm*
First United Methodist Church in Collins Hall at the back of the church

1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland
at the Goose Hollow TriMet MAX stop [MAP]
Free (but limited) parking available.

Join us for a great evening of words and community-building as writers from our spring workshops for seniors with Alzheimer's, youth in a GED program, domestic violence survivors, adults living with mental illness and many others read their work from our new book, Still the Days Grow Longer.

The event is organized by Write Around Portland, free, and everyone is welcome. ADA-accessible. Free childcare provided. Anthologies and Write Around Portland t-shirts will be available for purchase. Financial donations welcome, appreciated and tax deductible. Call 503.796.9224 for more information.





Music and Madness!
Celebrate the 2 Year Anniversary of Portland Hearing Voices
Sunday June 5, 2011
7-10pm
$8-15 cover sliding scale donation (no one turned away)








Featuring Music by:

Lillian Soderman www.reverbnation.com/lilliansoderman
Karyn Patridge www.reverbnation.com/karynpatridge
Bird Flying South www.birdflyingsouth.bandcamp.com

Someday Lounge

125 Northwest 5th Avenue

We're two years old! Celebrate Portland Hearing Voices work for community support and public education at a special benefit party at Someday Lounge, with three local musical performers and speakers from Portland Hearing Voices.





Free Yoga For Trauma and Extreme States

Saturdays, 1-2pm beginning October 23 2010

Lotus Seed Studio 6 NE Tillamook Portland (#4 and #44 bus lines)

Led by Casadi Marino, LCSW, CADC III

Download Flyer here: http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net
/files/PHVFreeYogaFlyer.pdf

Yoga is an ancient art that helps individuals cultivate ways of maintaining balance and well-being. Yoga encourages focus, mindfulness, and clarity. This class is of the Vinyasa school of yoga that links movement with breath and links postures to form a flow. The class is designed for individuals who have experienced trauma and extreme states. Instructor Casadi Marino identifies as a trauma survivor and as an individual diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Information: yogaformadfolk@gmail.com.

You are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat or you can borrow one from the studio. Casadi is currently completing the yoga teacher training program through the Lotus Seed Studio to become a registered yoga teacher.

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices & Empowerment Initiatives www.portlandhearingvoices.net www.chooseempowerment.com





Free Commmunity Writing Workshop
for people living with and/or affected by experiences that are often diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions

With Write Around Portland, in partnership with Portland Hearing Voices, and First Unitarian Church Mental Health Action Group

Wednesdays, 6-8pm
February 9th-April 13th, 2011

Download the flier here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ PortlandHearingVoicesWriteAroundPDXWorkshop2011.pdf

Writing journals, pens and light snacks provided. Priority registration given to individuals who have not previously participated in a Write Around Portland workshop. Ask about bus tickets when you register.

Writers will be invited to the big public reading of all the season's writing workshops for Write Around Portland and asked to submit to the Write Around Portland literary magazine.

Wednesdays, 6-8pm
10 Weeks: February 9th-April 13th, 2011

Location: First Unitarian Church of Portland Address: Eliot Center at 12th & Salmon, Portland

Pre-registration is required, space is limited.

To register, contact Write Around Portland at 503-796-9224. For more info about Write Around: www.writearound.org. In partnership with Portland Hearing Voices and the First Unitarian Church Mental Health Action Group. For more info about Portland Hearing Voices: www.portlandhearingvoices.net





Moving Mental Health Recovery Forward / Rethinking Psychiatry Community Forum
with Robert Whitaker and Panel
Thursday, February 10, 2011


The First Unitarian Church of Portland
1011 SW 12th, Portland OR

Reception
5:00pm-6:45pm
Keynote speaker Robert Whitaker and panel
7:00pm-9:00pm

Keynote Speaker

ROBERT WHITAKER is the author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America and three previous books: Mad in America), The Mapmaker's Wife and On the Laps of Gods He worked as a newspaper reporter for eight years and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. As a journalist writing about mental health, Robert Whitaker won a George Polk award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writer's award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Panel
Beckie Child, Director of the Mental Health America of Oregon
Cindi Fisher, Movement of Mothers Standing - Up -Together: Taking Back Our Children ( The M.O.M.S. Movement )
Chris Gordon, Assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of Mental Health Advocacy
Will Hall, Portland therapist, Director of Portland Hearing Voices, and national leader in "peer recovery"
Gina Nikkel, Director of the Oregon Association of Community Mental Health Programs.

ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC website: www.madinamerica.com

Sponsored by: The Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Empowerment Initiatives, Inc., Mental Health America of Oregon, The Real Wealth of Portland, Mental Health Association of Oregon, Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Rights, Yes, and MindFreedom International





Working with Voices
A Training Workshop with
UK Hearing Voices Network Leaders
Ron Coleman and Paul Baker
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 8:30am-4:30pm

Good Samaritan Hospital, Building 2 Auditorium
1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210

Download flyer here: http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net /files/WorkingwithVoicesNov16Portland.pdf

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Sponsored by the NASW of Oregon Mental Health Network www.nasworegon.org and Portland Hearing Voices www.portlandhearingvoices.net

6.5 CEUs available

Download the presentation slides for this event: http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ PaulBakerRonColemanHearingVoicesSlides11-2010PortlandOR.pdf

Hearing voices is one of the most common experiences that people diagnosed with a psychotic illness have. Research has shown that many people continue to hear voices even after prolonged use of medication. This has meant that many voice hearers do not get relief from their experiences. The consequence of this is that many people live lives that are low in quality & high in distress. This one-day workshop has been designed to help practitioners understand the experience of hearing voices and interventions that can be used to enable the voice hearer take control of their experience. As a result of this training, individuals will know how to develop an in depth understanding of people?s voice hearing experience & will be able to use proven tools to help individuals develop successful coping strategies.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn innovative techniques for working with voices from leaders of the UK hearing voices movement.

Presenters Touring from the UK from the Hearing Voices Network

Ron Coleman is a mental health trainer and consultant specializing in psychosis prevention and resolution. He has designed training packages to enable voice hearers to gain ascendancy over the negative aspects of the voice hearing experience. His own route to recovery after spending 13 years in & out of the psychiatric system has given him many insights into the many difficult issues facing today?s mental health services. Ron has published several books including ?Politics of the Madhouse? and ?Recovery: an Alien Concept?? He also co ?authored ?Working with Voices? & ?Working to Recovery.?

Paul Baker is a community development and group worker. He has a Post-graduate Diploma in Community Education, specializing in working with young people and people with mental health problems. Paul has worked in the health care and education sectors for the last 30 years. He had the responsibility to develop innovative mental health care services in the community including services run by the people who use them, self-advocacy services, supported housing services, social firms and enterprises as well as the development of forums for people to enable them to have a direct input in the development and running of services. Paul was one of the founding members of the Hearing Voices Network in England and is currently the coordinator of INTERVOICE, the influential coordinating body for the international hearing voices movement.

For more information about the Hearing Voices Movement and Ron Coleman and Paul Baker, please check out http:www.intervoiceonline.org and http://www.workingtorecovery. co.uk. For local contacts in the Hearing Voices Movement please go to www.portlandhearingvoices. net

Reserve your space by sending an email to naswmentalhealth@yahoo.com

Cost: $90 (checks and cash taken at the door the day of the training)





Reflections on a Workshop with Jaakko Seikkula and Mary Olson:
Open Dialog Approach to First Episode Psychosis
An Introduction With Will Hall
Monday, November 22, 2010 6:30-8:30pm

Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR


$20 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com

CEU's are available for this event

Download flyer here: www.portlandhearingvoices.net/ files/OpenDialogIntroductionNov22Flyer.pdf

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, and Empowerment Initiatives.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Jaakko Seikkula's hospital team in Finland has advanced and refined ?Open Dialogue,? a family and social network approach to first episode psychosis care, and this way of working has garnered widespread attention for dramatically improving outcomes. Open Dialog de-emphasizes US-style pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a dialogue with the patient, provides immediate help, and organizes ?a treatment meeting? within twenty-four hours of the initial contact. The results consistently show that this way of working reduces hospitalization, lowers use of medication, and leads to less recurrance of crisis when compared with psychosis treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year follow-up (Seikkula et al. 2006), 83% of patients have returned to their jobs or studies or were job seeking, thus not receiving government disability. In the same study, 77% did not have residual psychotic symptoms. Open Dialog is gaining growing support in the US after Robert Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of An Epidemic, featured Open Dialog as an effective alternative to the poor treatment outcomes associated with overuse of medications.

Portland Hearing Voices Director and local therapist Will Hall recently completed the first US workshop with Dr. Seikkula and his colleague Mary Olson in Open Dialog, four days at the Vallecitos Retreat in New Mexico. This introductory evening with Will will present his reflections on that workshop. (Open Dialog is a Finnish hospital clinical method based on 3 years+ training, and this Introduction does not represent the depth of that method, but instead reports on the workshop and serves to spark interest in learning more.)

For more information on Open Dialog, including a recent Madness Radio interview with Open Dialog practitioner Mary Olson and articles by Olson and Seikkula, please go to http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/alternative-for -psychosis/.





The Mental Health Association of Portland presents
The Future of Oregon State Hospital
Greg Roberts, MSW superintendent, Oregon State Hospital
Mark Diamond, DO chief medical officer, Oregon State Hospital
Reception 6 PM Speakers 7 PM
October 28, 2010

Oregon Health Sciences University McKenzie Hall

Sponsored in part by Portland Hearing Voices, NAMI of Multnomah County, Disability Rights Oregon, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Empowerment Initiatives, Mental Health Association of Oregon, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, and others.

For more information about the Mental Health Association of Portland, visit www.mentalhealthportland.org





Building Momentum:
A Gathering of Organizers for a Forum on
Economic Human Rights in Portland

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 from 10am to 2pm at
Portland State University

Portland Hearing Voices Workshop at 10:30-11:30am

Join Social Welfare Action Alliance on Saturday, September 18th from 10am to 2pm at Portland State University for a series of workshops and presentations on local economic human rights organizing efforts. The purpose of this event is to support and build local efforts promoting economic human rights. Economic human rights, as named in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Articles 23, 25, and 26, state all people?s right to such provisions as housing, health care, a living wage job, and education.

Portland Hearing Voices is participating by conducting a workshop on September 18th at 10:30-11:30am. Please come support Portland Hearing Voices and learn more about other participating organizations including SEIU, Iron Tribe, Urban League of Portland, CAUSA, Street Yoga, and Community Alliance of Tenants.

This forum is presented in support of Sisters Of The Road?s Peace Roots event beginning at 6:30pm that evening at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.

For more information and to let us know you are coming, please email SWAA at swaapdx@hotmail.com. Also, visit SWAA?s website at www.swaaportland.org for more details and the daily schedule.





Robert Whitaker

Pulitzer Finalist Author of Anatomy of An Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America,

At Powell's Books
A Special Benefit Lecture Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices







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Thursday, August 19, 2010
7:30 pm
Powells City of Books Downtown
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR




Download the flyer for the event here: www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ RobertWhitakerPowellsAug19.pdf

Video and Audio of Robert Whitaker in Portland here: http://www.madnessradio.net/robert- whitaker-anatomy-epidemic-powells-aug-2010-video-audio

Join Portland Hearing Voices at this special benefit lecture at Powell's featuring Robert Whitaker, Pullitzer finalist journalist and author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

How beneficial are psychiatric medications for depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and psychosis in the long term? What does the record of research actually show about drug effectiveness? Do medications reduce the rate of mental illness -- or fuel its dramatic rise? Are the adverse effects of medications often worse than the benefits? What can be done to change the current pharmaceutical driven regime of mental health care?

Pulitzer finalist and George Polk Award winning journalist Robert Whitaker's new book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America recognizes the usefulness of medications for some people but reveals a consistent and disturbing pattern from half a century of medication effectiveness research: over the long term psychiatric drugs create far more serious problems than they first address.

Join Portland Hearing Voices in this benefit lecture at Powells as we take an honest look at what works and what does not work in medication policy and shine light on the disturbing human cost of a failed mental health system. Whitaker will be available to sign books at the event.

More info about Anatomy of An Epidemic at Robert Whitaker's website: www.madinamerica.com/.

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net



"Medications & the Recovery Movement"
A Dialog for Consumers / Survivors / People with Mental Health Diagnosis
and
Pulitzer Finalist Author
Robert Whitaker

Thursday August 19, 2010
9:30-11:30 am
Empowerment Initiatives
3941 SE Hawthorne St.
Portland

Download the flyer for the event here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/WhitakerConsumerSurvivorForumAug19-2010. pdf

Pulitzer finalist and George Polk Award winning journalist Robert Whitaker's new book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America recognizes the usefulness of medications for some people but reveals a consistent and disturbing pattern from half a century of medication effectiveness research: over the long term psychiatric drugs create far more serious problems than they first address.

As people who take medications, have been hospitalized, have diagnoses of severe mental illnesses, and have experienced emotional crisis that gets called psychosis, how can consumers/survivors best support each other and build a strong and effective recovery movement while staying honest and truthful about the nature of psychiatric medications? What does Robert Whitaker's research have to teach us as a recovery movement? Join us for an open discussion with Robert Whitaker on this subject. (Consumer/survivors/people with mental health diagnoses are invited to this forum, and those without this experience are asked to take a role of listening and learning during this event.)

Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices www.portlandhearingvoices.net, Empowerment Initiatives www.chooseempowerment.com, & Mental Health Association of Portland www.mentalhealthportland.org

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net



"Ethical Psychiatric Medication Policy In Clinical Settings"
Forum for Professionals and Providers

with Pulitzer Finalist Author
Robert Whitaker

**2 CEU's Available for this event** (please arrive early)

Thursday August 19, 2010
2-4 pm
First Congregational Church
1126 Southwest Park Ave.
Portland www.uccportland.org

Download the flyer for the event here: http://www. portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ WhitakerEthicalMedicationPolicyClinicalForumAug19-2010.pdf< /p>

Pulitzer finalist and George Polk Award winning journalist Robert Whitaker's new book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America recognizes the usefulness of medications for some people but reveals a consistent and disturbing pattern from half a century of medication effectiveness research: over the long term psychiatric drugs create far more serious problems than they first address.

In an era of widespread overmedication, pharmaceutical company corruption, research bias, and coverups of drug risks, how should therapists, social workers, case managers, health practitioners, social agency staff and other professionals approach psychiatric medications? Can medication issues safely and ethically be left to doctors, or is there an urgent need for wider understanding about medications and efforts to change the way their are used? What is an ethical response to the confusing and complex situation with psychiatric medications today?

In this forum professionals involved in the policies and practices of clinical and social service settings are invited to learn from Whitaker's insightful research and develop sound approaches to medication, while articulating larger goals for institutional and policy level change.

Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices www.portlandhearingvoices.net, Mental Health Association of Portland www.mentalhealthportland.org, and Oregon National Assocation of Social Workers (NASW) Mental Health Network http://nasworegon.org

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net



Poetry And Madness:
A Reading To Benefit Portland Hearing Voices

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 7pm

Featuring Emily Kendal Frey, Zachary Schomburg, James Gendron, and Sara Guest reading

Someday Lounge 125 NW 5th Avenue (at Davis) Portland

Download the flyer / poster for the event here: www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/Madness- PoetryJuly13SomedayLoungePHVoicesBenefit.pdf

$10 donation - no one turned away for lack of funds

Info - www.portlandhearingvoices.net, portlandhearingvoices(at)gmail.com

Listen to complete audio of the event courtesy of Kent Bye here: http://www. madnessradio.net/audio-extra/PoetryAndMadnessSomedayLoungeJuly13- 2010PDXVoices.mp3

Join Portland Hearing Voices for an evening of poetry featuring prominent poets, in a benefit reading for support groups, education, and community building for mental diversity in Portland.

Emily Kendal Frey, http://www.inknode.com/people/emilykendalfrey, lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches at Portland Community College. She is the author of Airport (Blue Hour 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia 2010), and The New Planet (Mindmade Books 2010).

Zachary Schomburg, http://lovelyarc.blogspot.com, is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), and a dvd collection of poem-films, Little Blind Thing (Poor Claudia 2010). Three collaborative chapbooks co-written with Emily Kendal Frey have recently been published by Futuretense, Small Fires Press, and Cinematheque Press. With Mathias Svalina, he co-edits a small press, Octopus Books, and an online poetry magazine, Octopus Magazine. He teaches at Portland State University and Portland Community College.

Sara Guest is a poet, novelist and William Stafford Writing Fellow. She works as a program coordinator for Write Around Portland and is a Delve guide for Literary Arts. Recent work is available online at www.inknode.com and Sir! www.sir-magazine.org.

James Gendron, http://www. lafovea.org/La_Fovea/james_gendron.html, was born and raised in Portland, Maine. He was the Lou Reed/Delmore Schwartz Scholar at Syracuse University, and his poems have appeared in The Indiana Review and The Brooklyn Review.

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, holistic alternatives, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net.





Trauma Healing And Process Work
Research Discussion on a Workshop-In-Progress

Monday April 19 2010

6:30 - 8:30
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR.


Free and Open to the Public

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices and the Mental Health Association of Portland

Presented by Will Hall, Process Work diploma student & Director of Portland Hearing Voices

I recently returned from leading a 3-day training for 35 peer mental health workers in Alaska on healing emotional trauma. The training drew on my studies in somatic psychotherapy, process oriented psychology, meditation, and dance, as well as my own healing experience.

My workshop was experimental and wove together basic ideas from trauma theory and process work into simple and useful tools. Please join me for a presentation about the training, and be part of a collaborative dialog on how to use Process Work concepts for teaching a broad audience about trauma.

This is a work in progress and your ideas will help us all learn how to teach about trauma healing.

Some of the elements of the Alaska workshop I'll present:

working with the felt sense in the body as a counterbalance to dissociation
a somatic model of trauma based in the work of Peter Levine and Pat Ogden
how this model converges with and differs from process work
multiple levels of the brain as a way to understand traumatic experience
intrusive memories as organismic attempts to complete and resolve trapped traumatic energy
exploring how trauma survivors lose the capacity to say "no"
supporting a congruent "yes" in the person we are supporting
how to strengthen our sense of grounding and resourcing in our bodies before we explore trauma
adding felt sense and grounding awareness to active listening skills in helping others
contacting proprioceptive trauma memories creatively to "melt" dissociation
using the 'magical helper' exercise without retraumatizing or overwhelming
the force behind trauma pushing transformation and new identity

Handouts, slides, and resources for the training are found on my website, http://www.willhall.net, especially books by Peter Levine, Judith Herman, and Pat Ogden, as well as Arnold Mindell.

Location: Process Work Institute, 2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland

The 23rd and Marshall Portland Streetcar stops at 21st St.; there are bus stops on the 15-Belmont and 17-Holgate lines.





Meditation Practice Day - Zen Peacemaker Circle
Especially for People With Extreme States / Experience of Psychosis (bipolar, schizophrenia, etc - everyone is welcome)
with Ed Daigu Knight & Will Hall

Saturday, April 10, 2010 10am-3pm
$50 donation - deli lunch included
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

The Grotto Conference Center
8840 NE Skidmore
Portland,OR 97294
Directions: http://www. thegrotto.org/index.php/about-us/location/

Dowload event flyer: www.portlandhearingvoices.net/files/ April10MeditationDayEdKnight.pdf

Pre-registration is optional, but we recommend it to hold your place. Email portlandhearingvoices(at)gmail.com or 413.210.2803

contact:
Portland Hearing Voices
portlandhearingvoices(at)gmail.com
413-210-2803
www.portlandhearingvoices.net

Join Ed Daigu Knight and Will Hall for a day of sitting and walking meditation and contemplation practice -- especially for people who have had extreme states of consciousness diagnosed as psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other labels (everyone is welcome).

How are "crazy" minds also part of the spiritual path? Is there wisdom in our madness? Meditation can show us the true nature of our minds. Join us as we embrace the depths of who we are and honor what we have been through as survivors of extreme states of consciousness.

The day will consist of sitting meditation (chairs available), walking meditation, dharma talks led by Ed Daigu Knight, and group reflection. Our location is the beautiful Grotto Retreat in Portland, a wonderful place to begin the spring.

Be part of this historic event. No meditation practice day has ever been offered especially for people who have experienced psychosis. (Many retreats do not welcome such people.) So join us for this innovative opportunity to affirm our paths as meditators.

Ed Daigu Knight is dually labeled with "schizophrenia" and alcoholism, the Steward of The Healing Circle, a Zen Peacemaker Circle, and a Senior in the Buddhist Zen Peacemaker Sangha. A widely recognized researcher and teacher in "mental illness" recovery and mutual support, Ed is Vice President of Recovery, Rehabilitation and Mutual Support at Valueoptions, as well as a mentor in the Prison Dharma Network. www.professored.com

Will Hall is labeled with "schizophrenia" and his advocacy work includes Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Disability Rights International, The Icarus Project, and hosting Madness Radio, heard on KBOO FM. A longtime meditator and yoga practitioner, Will is currently studying Process Oriented Psychology. Will was featured in the Newsweek magazine article "Listening to Madness." www.willhall.net

About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, holistic alternatives, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net.

Directions: http://www. thegrotto.org/index.php/about-us/location/

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Falling In Love With Portland...
Is Our Hometown As Diverse As We Want It To Be?

A Community Open Forum on Diversity in Portland

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 7-9pm

This event is free and open to All.

Is Green Portland a final destination or a train stop to a truly diverse Portland? Who cares for a diverse Portland? Please join us for a two hour Open Forum. Listen and speak on how you as an individual or your community want and need more inclusion in our hometown.

Read the full description and get more information here: http://bit.ly/91Yau5.



Mental Illness Or Spiritual Awakening?
New Visions of Mind and Crisis
with
Ed Knight and
Will Hall

Wednesday, November 18th 2009, 6pm-8:30pm


Bamboo Grove Salon (www.bamboogrovesalon.com)
134 SE Taylor (on 2nd street between SE taylor and SE Salmon), Portland OR - Map-http://snipurl.com/ bamboogrovemap
$8-$15 donation (no one turned away) benefits Portland Hearing Voices
Physical mobility accessible; call with other access needs.

Download the flyer for printing and distributing here

Info: Portland Hearing Voices 413 210 2803, portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com, www.portlandhearingvoices. net

Two spiritual practitioners diagnosed with schizophrenia ask, Is "mental illness" spiritual? How does trauma relate to enlightenment? What do Eastern religious traditions tell us about madness? Are there holistic treatment alternatives? Can we acknowledge spirit without romanticizing crisis?

Join us for a presentation and discussion to discover new perspectives in mental health.

With:

Ed Knight is dually diagnosed with schizophrenia and alcoholism, the Steward of The Healing Circle, a Zen Peacemaker Circle, and a Senior in the Buddhist Zen Peacemaker Sangha. A widely recognized researcher and teacher in mental illness recovery and mutual support, Ed is Vice President of Recovery, Rehabilitation and Mutual Support at Valueoptions, as well as a mentor in the Prison Dharma Network. www.professored.com

Will Hall is diagnosed with schizophrenia and his advocacy work includes Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Disability Rights International, The Icarus Project, and hosting Madness Radio, heard on KBOO FM. A longtime meditator and yoga practitioner, Will is currently studying Process Oriented Psychology. Will was featured in the Newsweek magazine article "Listening to Madness." www.willhall.net

Tendremos una mini-presentacion en espanol para participantes hispanohablantes.

Radio interviews with Ed Knight and Will Hall here:
http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-buddhist-meditation-and- schizophrenia-ed-knight
http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-2004-04-14-ed-knight-recovery- and-transformation

About Portland Hearing Voices:
Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, holistic alternatives, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, visions, and different realities often labeled as mental disorders. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net.

Co-sponsored by: Portland Hearing Voices (www.portlandhearingvoices.net)
and
Mental Health Association of Portland (www.mentalhealthportland.org)
Mental Health Association of Oregon (www.mhaoforegon.com)
ValueOptions (www.valueoptions.com)
Great Vow Zen Monastery (www.greatvow.org)
Portland Evolver (http://evolver.net/group/evolver_portland)
Portland Padmasambhava Buddhist Center (anitad335@aol.com)
Process Work Institute (www.processwork.org)




Music Benefit for Mental Diversity at Backspace June 11th 2009 Thursday 8pm!

On Thursday, June 11, 8pm join Portland Hearing Voices at a Launch Celebration Music Show at Backspace (115 NW 5th Ave/Couch in Portland)!

At the benefit show you'll have a chance to listen to some great local music, learn more about Portland Hearing Voices, discover a little about voice-hearing and non-ordinary sensory experiences, raise some seed money to get us off the ground -- and have some fun!

Come hear performers The Reed Sea, Reclinerland, and Gavin Castleton -- sweet and soulful musicians. Listen at their websites, and thanks to their generosity in performing for mental diversity in Portland:

The Reed Sea http://www.thereedsea.com/

Reclinerland: http://www.myspace.com/ reclinerland

Gavin Castleton http://www.myspace.com/ gavincastleton

Please spread the word and join us June 11th at 8pm at Backspace (115 NW 5th Ave)! We're asking $5-15 at the door (our policy is that no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds). We also need a couple of volunteers to help with event logistics, and we really want you to invite your friends, colleagues, and community to come as well - word of mouth is key.

A wonderful opportunity to hear some great music, hang out, and connect.

Portland Hearing Voices is a new education and support effort to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, and other community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences. Portland Hearing Voices aims to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive and supportive community. Check out http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net for more information, to join our Facebook and follow us on Twitter.




Hearing Voices Video and Discussion:

Public Screening of "Hearing Voices" Documentary and Discussion of New Educational Project

Tuesday, March 31 2009 6-7:45pm


Downtown Multnomah County Public library meeting room
801 S.W. 10th Avenue @ Yamhill
Portland, Oregon

contact:
Portland Hearing Voices
portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com
413-210-2803
www.portlandhearingvoices.net

On Tuesday, March 31 2009 at 6pm the hour-long BBC documentary video "Hearing Voices" will be screened at the downtown Multnomah County library in Portland, at 801 S.W. 10th Avenue. The 1995 documentary interv