Presenting at CASRA Conference May 3: 10:30-noon

 

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:

Changing the Treatment Paradigm Locally for Those who Experience Psychosis

 

SYNOPSIS:

This workshop outlines how diverse persons with lived experience provided outreach, made presentations and ran groups in ways that honored their lived experience with “psychosis.” Imagine how a system populated with such specialists might improve treatment for those who might otherwise be wary of accepting services.

 

AUTHOR:

Tim Dreby, MFT Rehabilitation Counselor, Author, “Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions,”

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1.Participants will be able to articulate two reasons why psychosis can be treated as a as a cultural issue.

2. Participants will be able to identify three reasons why paying more mindful attention to elements of universal process of “psychosis” can help lead to social rehabilitation.

3. Participants will identify three things that can be done locally to increase engagement of individuals who experience “psychosis”.

Memoir on Schizophrenia Wins Big in Human Relations Indie Book Award

Author, Clyde Dee, wins in four categories to add to growing list of awards for his memoir about surviving a “Schizophrenia” diagnosis!

Clyde Dee, author of Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions (Outskirts Press,) was selected a multi-winner in the first annual (2016) Human Relations Indie Book Awards. He received the Director’s Choice Award for Outstanding Human Relations Life Adjustment Indie Book. He was also recognized as a Gold winner (Inspirational category), a Silver winner (Problem Solving category) and a Bronze winner (Self-Reflection/Memoir category).

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Letter To New York Daily News

Dear Editors:

I wanted to thank the Daily News for covering the Deborah Danner shooting in a way that bears witness to experiences of stigma, oppression, and extreme isolation that Ms. Danner went through.

As a licensed mental health practitioner who has been exceedingly lucky to be able to provide services to extraordinary individuals like Ms. Danner over the past decade plus, I am am privy to many silenced stories that fit her profile. I find myself surprised and grateful that in this era of turmoil that the perspective in her essay makes its way to the public.

Eight years ago, frustrated by the limits of standard treatment, I started to run groups that sought to access experiences of oppression triggered by supernatural experiences such as Ms. Danner’s premonition about her future victimization by cop.

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“Fighting for Freedom in America” is a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction – Biography category!

For Immediate Release:  September 24, 2016

Reader’s Favorite recognizes “Fighting for Freedom in America” in its 2016 international book award contest.

The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries.

Oakland, California. Readers’ Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

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Healing the phenomena of mass shootings is possible!

As a Nation we need to learn about how to heal from mass shootings, not exacerbate them. Learning to learn from those who remain in back wards instead of further discriminating and devaluing them may help. So can groups that examine “psychosis!”

 

So often the public goes to catastrophes in order to learn its lessons, not to more average stories of resilience. Healing from the man from Kalamazoo who terrorized the city while driving for Uber killing seven and injuring one, can happen.

I work in the far reaches of a city hospital: in the historical section of a sizable complex; back at the entrance where the trash compacter sits; next to the morgue; where the old steam heaters spew. Here, I have started a particular group that explores the innards of “psychosis.” I seek to compartmentalize experiences that participants have suffered. We look at experiences we have in common and teach each other about the diversity of experiences and explanations for those experiences that cause trauma and distress. I have become adept at obtaining disclosures about experiences that have been secreted for years and years, even during organized treatment.

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