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PsychOUT Conference, Toronto, May 7-8, 2010

April 12, 2010

PsychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry

A Conference of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (Department of Adult Education and Counseling Psychology), initiated by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault.  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, May 7, 2010 – May 8, 2010.

As the conference description states, “[C]ollective resistance against the theories and interventions of psychiatry has intensified over recent years as psychiatric survivors and other community members are contesting this institution on various political fronts. Additionally, people belonging to marginalized groups who are at greater risk of psychiatrization, such as women, racialized people, queers, trans people, people with disabilities and homeless people and others living in poverty, are resisting psychiatric oppression in different ways, as we/they recognize threats to our/their health, human rights and lives.  This conference will provide a venue for stakeholders to network and develop strategy, theory and practice in line with their goals and build on alternatives that promote empowerment and equality. The conference aims at going beyond a critique of psychiatry and will emphasize the theme of alternative approaches to the health and well-being.”

And that, my friends, is what I’m all about.  Highlights will be the keynote addresses from David Oaks (director, MindFreedom International) and Dan Taylor (Secretary, MindFreedom Ghana), as well as from publisher Peter Lehman .

Sessions I will attend include a panel on organizing resistance communites, round-table strategy sessions for survivors, forums on redefining disability, resistance narratives, MAD research and publishing, and community organizing from the survivor/MAD activist perspective.  There will be lots of info gathering and fodder for future initiatives.  Connections will be made, networks established.

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