Robert Whitaker at Powells, Plus Forums on Medication w/ CEUs, August 19

Robert Whitaker will be presenting three different events on August 19th: a talk at Powells, a forum for consumer/survivors/people with mental health diagnoses, and a forum with CEU’s for professionals/ providers. His visit is co-sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, Empowerment Initiatives, and the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers – Mental Health Network.

Info at http://www.portlandhearingvoices.net/events.html#upcomingevents

Here are the details:

Robert Whitaker

Pulitzer Finalist Author ofAnatomy 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

Thursday, August 19

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

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
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

“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
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

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



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