Public Classes

 

FAMILIES HEALING TOGETHER
An Online Family Recovery Course

Taught by Krista Mackinnon (co-Founder with Will Hall of PracticeRecovery.com)

Enrollment: $150. Registration four times each year. Asynchronous course runs 8-weeks online, times flexible.

For more information and to register, contact www.practicerecovery.com.

Course organized by Family Outreach and Response ProgramMother Bear Community Action Network, and PracticeRecovery.com.

Through a dynamic online learning community, this 8-week course will support and educate families and friends of people who have received a psychiatric diagnosis and/or are struggling with mental health problems. Using latest research and practical tools for recovery, Recovering Our Families addresses: Stories of Your Experience; the Continuum of Mental Health, Distress, and Psychosis; Fundamentals of Recovery; the Power of Hope + Resilience; Strengths Based Perspective; Relationship Building Amidst Psychosis; Boundaries, Limits and Barriers; and Celebrating Recovery Stories.

This course is highly recommended for family members struggling to help relatives in crisis. Krista Mackinnon brings extensive practical experience working with hundreds of families at Toronto Canada’s Family Outreach and Response Program, a support agency that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. – Will Hall

Krista MackinnonKrista Mackinnon is mental health recovery consultant/trainer/counselor in the capacities of peer support, street outreach, education, community organizing, and family counselling. Trained in yoga and mindfulness based cognitive therapy, she currently practices and resides in Costa Rica. She is the CEO of  www.practicerecovery.com, an innovative online therapeutic education and support community for families that works in partnership with Family Outreach & Response Program (Toronto).

 

 

 

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Past Classes

 

DREAMWORK FUNDAMENTALS:

Practical Tools to Enhance Life and Work

with Will Hall, MA, Dipl. PW and Suzette Payne MA, Dipl. PW

Saturday, May 11, 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: 04/26/2013
To register contact: pwi@processwork.org or call (503) 223-8188

Dreams can bring vitality to stuck places, offer solutions to overwhelming problems, and point to new life directions. But how do you figure out what a dream means? Is there a way to unwind the weird and confusing tangle of our night dreams and weave something clear and useful for the daytime?

Using Jungian and Process Work methods, this class will equip you with essential tools of curiosity, symbolic association, body awareness, amplification, and creative expression. Dreamwork can be fun, inspiring, and easy, and will open you up to a whole new creative resource you can draw on for living. Anyone new to understanding dreams or wanting to deepen their skills will find Process Work a practical and effective approach.

About the teachers: Will Hall MA DiplPW and Suzette Payne MA DiplPW are Process Work Diplomates with a longtime passion for teaching and learning about the power of dreams. As practicing therapists and teachers, they’ve used night dreams and daytime dream-like experiences as an active and ongoing part of their professional and personal lives for many years. They are inspired to share what they have learned about the power and usefulness of dreams. www.willhall.net, www.creativehealing.org.

 

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NEW VISIONS OF PSYCHOSIS:
Beyond the Medical Model

April 20-27, 2013 New York City

Workshops with Will Hall + Krista Mackinnon and colleagues

Download flier here

Transform extreme states using relationships and communication. A training series for professionals, families, people with experience of extreme states, and advocates.

Experiences labeled psychosis, bipolar, or schizophrenia exist in a lived context of meaningful interaction. Join us for an experiential training emphasizing practical tools and a pro-treatment choice, recovery, and anti-oppression perspective.

Working With Hope: From Despair To Engagement
Will Hall & Krista Mackinnon
Saturday April 20, 930am-430pm

When someone experiences extreme states called ‘psychosis,’ the people around them also go into crisis. Paralysis, despair, and hopelessness are common. Are there practical methods that restore hope? How can family members learn their role in recovery – and understand the limits of that role? What lessons can we learn from North America’s first recovery-based family support organization, Family Outreach and Response, and the hundreds of families it has worked with? This workshop helps family members, people with experience with diagnosis, and professionals learn a new way to view and respond to emotional crisis.

Families, Professionals, and Psychosis: Overcoming Power Struggles
Will Hall & Krista Mackinnon
Sunday April 21, 930am-430pm

Extreme states of consciousness can quickly drive families and professionals to the impasse of power struggles. Atmospheres of conflict and blame impact everyone’s wellbeing. Are there communication techniques to move through conflict and bridge the gap between psychosis and “ordinary reality?” This experiential training will teach practical de-escalation methods and conflict resolution tools for personal relationships with wide implications for mental health recovery and general wellness. Learn to discover meaning in the confusing states of madness and build connection across gulfs of isolation.

Withdrawing from Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach
Will Hall, Dr. Nazlim Hagmann, & Rebecca Ross
Saturday April 27: 930am-430pm

Psychotropic medications such anti-psychotics, lithium, and benzodiazepines are helpful to many – but for some they can become a dangerous trap. When does a tool itself become the problem, not the solution? Are psychiatric medications necessary to treat brain disorders – or is the reality more complicated? And how can people support each other to explore the possibility of coming off medications, and finding new ways to recover? This pro-choice workshop is based on the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, now translated into 5 languages and used widely in the recovery movement.

Each workshop fee: $135
Enrollment limited to 25: Preregistration required
To register contact: rebeccamross@gmail.com
More program details at www.willhall.net/classes

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

Krista Mackinnon is mental health recovery consultant/trainer/counsellor in the capacities of peer support, street outreach, education, community organizing, and family counselling. Trained in yoga and mindfulness based cognitive therapy, she currently practices and resides in Costa Rica. She is the CEO of www.practicerecovery.com, an innovative online therapeutic education and support community for families that works in partnership with Family Outreach & Response Program (Toronto) and MotherBear CAN (North Carolina).

Nazlim Hagmann MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. She brings a multicultural background and has many years of experience in public psychiatry sector as a psychiatrist as well as administrator with a critical attitude. She also has knowledge and experience of the mental health insurance world and has been a long time supporter of alternatives as well as peer movement. Currently Nazlim is a second year student at the Institute for Dialogic Practice in Northampton, MA under the guidance of Mary Olson,PhD, and closely collaborates with Rebecca Ross and Will Hall.

Rebecca Ross LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City. She works in a collaborative approach and social network-based model of treating people experiencing crisis with psychiatrist and therapeutic practitioner, Nazlim Hagmann, MD. Rebecca also practices at the Ackerman Institute for the Family where she trains with leading family and couples therapists. She is a student of the Institute for Dialogic Practice under the guidance of Mary Olsen, PhD, and Rebecca received her social work graduate training at Smith College School for Social Work. Her clinical orientation is informed by systems, feminist and narrative approaches to working with life’s problems.

 

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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

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, 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 FOR PSYCHOSIS

A Workshop With Will Hall, MA, DiplPW

Sunday, February 10, 2013 10am-4:00pm

$90; Pre-registration recommended

Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR

info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com

CEU’s are available for this workshop

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, 2012
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland, Oregon
$120 ($108 before Oct. 8th)

Space limited; pre-registration recommended
Registration: info@processwork.org
Scholarship info: portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com
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 discontinuing 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