Making Meaning from Visions & Voices: How to Support People Through Altered States and Finding Solid Ground
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Making Meaning from Visions & Voices: How to Support People Through Altered States and Finding Solid Ground


December 1st 2018

TIME: 10:00AM-4:00PM
LOCATION: 17 BATTERY PL. NEW YORK, NY 10004

In our current mental health system, being diagnosed with a ‘psychotic disorder’ or ‘schizophrenia’ is akin to a life sentence of medication and/or inpatient treatment. However, extreme and altered states of consciousness (experiences such as visions, trance states, unusual beliefs, altered realities, voice hearing, intense elation, etc.) have not always been pathologized and labeled as serious mental illnesses to be treated with intensive medical intervention. Altered states can be ecstatic, blissful, and peaceful; they can also be traumatic, disruptive, and frightening. Almost always, extreme states have the potential to be revolutionary, generative, and meaningful for individuals and mark profound effects for one’s life, well-being, and future.

Current treatments for what is often labeled ‘psychosis’ are invasive and often cause further harm and isolation to both the individual and their family. Although evidence-based support (including psychotherapy) for individuals who experience altered states are virtually non-existent in the U.S., early interventions do exist and have proven radically effective for supporting individuals in leading full and autonomous lives. Such interventions are generally delivered in community settings, and engaged both the family and social networks to address the experience holistically.

This session will introduce participants to alternative frameworks for understanding altered states and experiences often labeled 'psychosis' through the lens of lived experience and network-based therapies. We offer a variety of strategies for providers to support others through the often difficult process of navigating these experiences, engaging with the personal and cultural narratives attached to them, and the process of making meaning from these experiences.

We will explore:

  • Generative and non-pathologizing models, such as spiritual emergency, post-traumatic growth, and human potential

  • Strategies and tools for working with individuals who are experiencing altered states to help them feel safe, supported, autonomous, and capable of wellness.

  • The complex intersections of culture, race, history and mental health, as they intersect with altered states and the diagnostic categories of 'psychosis' and 'schizophrenia' 

  • Learning strategies for collaboratively navigating the cultural embeddedness of support, diagnosis, and explanatory frameworks used to describe altered states.


This class is part of a larger mental health continuing education course series:

Experience Transforms Practice:

A Course on Liberatory Mental Health Care

OFFERED: FALL 2018 - SPRING 2019

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History of the Mad Movement & Alternatives to a Biomedical Model
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

History of the Mad Movement & Alternatives to a Biomedical Model


October 20th 2018

TIME: 10:00AM-4:00PM
LOCATION: 17 BATTERY PL. NEW YORK, NY 10004

Mental health in New York City -- and the United States at large -- is in a state of crisis. Contemporary practice is driven by a dated paradigm that reduces mental health conditions to disorders of the brain, while erasing the numerous other factors that impact our mental health (e.g. trauma, adverse life experiences, socio-economic status, social exclusion, discrimination, and lack of access to important resources). As a recent report by a UN Special Rapporteur indicates, the prevailing biomedical model has contributed to the exclusion, neglect, coercion, and abuse of those who experience mental distress, while showing few positive results to justify its measures.

For at least three decades, organized movements led by current and former users of mental health services have played a critical role in calling attention to the failures of traditional mental health services to meet their needs and secure their rights. However narratives driven by those of us lived experience have not yet reached a critical mass. Today, many researchers and clinicians are beginning to understand the complexity of factors that influence mental health outcomes, and are calling to reform the way we diagnose and treat individuals.

There is a push to promote an overall narrative of mental health that addresses contextual determinants, empowers rights holders, fosters independence, eliminates stigma, and gives a voice to current and prior mental health service users. As we apply a critical lens to the “medicate and separate” institutional model, and promote new frameworks for understanding mental health, we create the potential to produce a mental health system that will truly make a difference in the lives of those it seeks to serve.


This class will explore:

  • An overview of the political and social landscape that bolstered the biopsychiatry model from the 1980s until now

  • The widespread impacts of big pharma, the marketing of psychotropic medication, and cultural reforms in response

  • Alternative frameworks for understanding mental health (e.g. social, trauma-informed, and generative)

  • A brief history of the mad movement and human rights reform in mental health

  • The power of lived experience and listening to the voices of survivors of trauma and adversity.


This class is part of a larger mental health continuing education course series:

Experience Transforms Practice:

A Course on Liberatory Mental Health Care

OFFERED: FALL 2018 - SPRING 2019

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Discover Your Intuitive Herbal Abilities
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Discover Your Intuitive Herbal Abilities

  • 2 Federico Drive 1st Fl. Pittsfield, MA, 01201 United States (map)
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Do you ever wonder how you can develop a deeper relationship to your mind and body?

Do you have an interest in herbal medicine but don’t know how to incorporate it into your life?

Do you ever get stuck in the supplement section wondering which herbs will work best for you?

This workshop is for those who want to deepen their intuitive capacity through herbalism.

✓  Find out which herbs will best support you in cultivating your relationship to your mind and body.

✓  Learn how to use a variety of tools to call in important herbal allies.

✓  Discover how to use herbs holistically to make big changes in your self-care routine.

You will leave this workshop knowing how to pinpoint which herbs your mind, body, and soul have been craving for whole-health support. You will have new practices and tools to awaken your deep intuitive capacity and stop feeling confused and overwhelmed in the supplement aisle! AND you’ll leave with a powerful herbal remedy for increasing intuition, as well as a bonus guidebook for ongoing intuitive support!

Limited Spots Available. Register Now!

 
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Holistic Health & Psychopharmacology - IDHA's Fall Course Series
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Holistic Health & Psychopharmacology - IDHA's Fall Course Series

This seminar is part of the Institute for the Development of Human Arts' course series: Rethinking-Crisis. This course will review the research and principles around holistic alternatives to psychopharmacology including meditation, energy work, and herbal medicine. In addition, the presenters will draw on their experience in recovery-oriented psychopharmacology and harm reduction and provide an introduction to these concepts in relation to holistic medical practices.

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Trauma - IDHA's Fall Course Series
Sep
26
6:30 AM06:30

Trauma - IDHA's Fall Course Series

This seminar is part of the Institute for the Development of Human Arts' course series: Rethinking-Crisis. In this seminar, we will explore the roles of interpersonal, social, and political factors in trauma as well as the various ways in which trauma can manifest. We will discuss the body’s responses to trauma in the nervous system, and explain the latest research and statistics on the impact of traumatic experiences on mental health. We will then share tools for healing from trauma and supporting oneself and others.

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Being With Those In Crisis - IDHA Fall Course Series
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Being With Those In Crisis - IDHA Fall Course Series

This seminar is part of the Institute for the Development of Human Arts' course series: Rethinking-Crisis. This seminar will explore these states as natural reactions to pain and psychological distress and give an overview of evidence-based methods to provide immediate support to those experiencing first episode psychosis and other altered states early on. Facilitators will draw on personal experience, intentional peer support(IPS), relational, dialogical and recovery-oriented practices to offer tools in both personal and clinical settings.

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Making New Meaning: A School for Innovative Voices and Transformative Visions
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Making New Meaning: A School for Innovative Voices and Transformative Visions

You're invited to the launch of IDHA (Institute for the Development of Human Arts) a new training initiative that will focus on community-based, recovery-oriented and peer-driven alternatives, which are taking an increasingly prominent role in the new formal and informal care network. We would like you to be a part of this new community of transformative practice and have the opportunity to enroll in our fall course!

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Mental Health on the Frontlines: Rising Up Without Burning Out
Jan
14
12:30 PM12:30

Mental Health on the Frontlines: Rising Up Without Burning Out

In this workshop, we will identify threats to our emotional wellbeing in the current political climate and discuss ways to build and sustain networks of support.  We will reshape our understandings of mental health not according to restrictive notions, but rather, by our visions for personal and collective change and liberation.

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NYU & Stanford Conference Presentations: Essentialist and Implicit Theories of Intelligence
Apr
14
to May 16

NYU & Stanford Conference Presentations: Essentialist and Implicit Theories of Intelligence

Children’s Academic Achievement and its Relation to Essentialist and Implicit Theories of Intelligence Presented at:

The NYU Research and Scholarship Showcase - April 14th 2015
NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Research Conference - May 8th 2015
Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference - May 16th 2015

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Reality Talks presented at The Ultra Laboratory
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Reality Talks presented at The Ultra Laboratory

Jazmine Russell is an artist in residence at The Ultra Laboratory, Morocco. Her photo and interview project "Reality Talks" is aimed at understanding how individuals shape and express their beliefs about reality and the world around them. It is a series of interviews and photographs that seeks to explore existential, cultural, and identity-defining notions, opening up the discussion regarding how these unique notions can help us connect as human beings.

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