the first revolution… Gil Scott Heron


the-first-revolution“The first revolution is when you change your mind about how you look at things, and see there might be another way to look at it that you have not been shown.

What you see later on is the results of that, but that revolution, that change that takes place will not be televised.”

Gil Scott Heron

The [first] revolution will not be televised.
because it can not be televised
because its in you
he first revolution cannot be televised
because it’s between the ears
the first revolution cannot be televised
because
the first revolution is when we change our mind about how we see things

the first revolution is when we choose to stop believing the crap the first revolution is when we choose to stop repeating the lies the first revolution is when we stop waiting for “them” to act and realise its we who must act. the first revolution is when we begin to set ourselves free from bullshit… then, when we do act, that’s something worth being televised.

 

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The Dialogic – Mikhail Bahktin


I’ve had an interest in and been working in dialogue for many years, much of what I’d learned came from a different source, people like David Bohm, Peter Senge, William Isaacs and its application in working with teams and in organizational learning.
There are others who wrote and spoke of dialogue from different perspectives too.

Mihkail Bahktin’s ideas come from a different perspective – but I find the ideas meet in the centre and combine and collide to generate new, deeper understanding  – such is the nature of dialogue.

Bakhtin arrived at his ideas through studying the work of great author Fyodr Dostoyevsky, you’ll see him described as “literary critic and theorist” whatever that means. He observed and described how Dostoyevsky’s novels were different from others – in a way he termed “the dialogic”.

His ideas took their time coming to western consciousness but they are doing so now – and how!, becoming influential in educational circles, especially with those interested in reforming educational systems and how we “do education”.

His ideas also form the theoretical basis of Finish Open Dialogue “treatment” for “psychosis” , or “Open Dialogue” as it is becoming known.

“open dialogue” – note the non-capitalisation – has been around in many forms for a while and takes many forms.

Dialogue is about meaning – literally “through meaning:” or “flow of meaning”:  meaning is not unitary, not fixed but emerges, forms and changes as we share our own ideas and expressions. 

Some ideas I like:

  • As  a river is formed from water falling from the surrounding landscape , is shaped by the landscape and in turn, the river shapes the landscape it flows through.
  • A conversation with a centre and no sides

Bahkit offers some powerful additional ideas especially about key roles played by and involving language and how it emerges, forms and is re-formed, through “the dialogic”.

Here’s the best short sweet intro to Mikhail Bahktin’s ideas on dialogue I’ve been able to find so far. Boom!

Dialogue has properties of “The Dialogic” – 

  • Polyphony –       many voices being heard
  • Heteroglossia – many languages, dialects, terminologies, some necessarily challenging – there is no right way to describe what is being described, no accepted jargon, pronunciation – all varieties serve to add to the….  
  • The Chronotope
  • The Carnival  

I’m still getting to grips with my own understanding of the latter two so will leave it to the video… except to offer that the voices I hear sure can be some carnival ride.

Enjoy the carnival…

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CRAZYWISE – documentary trailer


Phil Borges is a photographer filmmaker storyteller whose work takes him all over the globe.
Much of his work is documenting human rights stories of peoples from other cultures than the one that increasingly dominates the surface of our planet, so much so we easily trick ourselves into believing it’s the only one.

Over many years he came to meet with people all round the world who had never met each other but had somewhat similar experiences
Those that we might call “Shamen” often begin their journey of becoming one in early adulthood having difficult experiences.

In these communities and cultures the way of handling that is to regard it as special, take the person under wing of elders who help them learn how to handle these experiences and learn from then and they become useful, powerful,  to the community

Our western “civilisation” has dominated the globe for centuries almost on obliterating different ways of being and understanding.  Before we manage to eradicate them completely, maybe its time we learned from them.

What if we could assume that difficult experiences are something we can learn how to live with even come to learn how to value for the deep insights they can offer us…?

Phil Borges has for a few years now been lovingly making a documentary- it’s finished, here’s the trailer….
 


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/199757727″>CRAZYWISE Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/philborges”>Phil Borges</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Workshop – Healing Our Woundedness – Fri 26th May 2017


 

healing-our-woundedness-fri26may2017posterA one-day workshop

  • For those ready to go beyond diagnoses and categories to begin healing the wounds that life has left within…
  • The central experience of “trauma” is being left feeling powerless and disconnected- from self, others and the world.
  • This workshop is about exploring ways we might begin to find and reclaim our power and to reconnect.

healing-our-woundedness-fri26may2017posterRegistration

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Registration is available now,  online at Eventbrite.
Click the button, right or the link below.

Limited number of Earlybird savings. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-our-woundedness-tickets-31582858179

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shake your groove thang – Peaches and Herb


Shake your groove thing,
shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah

Show ’em how we do it now

Shake it, shake it

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now
Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now, show ’em how we do it now

Let’s show the world we can dance
Bad enough to strut our stuff
The music gives us a chance
We do more out on the floor

Groovin’ loose or heart to heart
We put in motion every single part
Funky sounds wall to wall
We’re bumpin’ booties, havin’ us a ball, y’all

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now
Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now

We got the rhythm tonight
All the rest know we’re the best
Our shadows crash in the light
Twistin’, turnin’, we keep burnin’

Shake it high or shake it low
We take our bodies where they want to go
Feel that beat, never stop
Oh, hold me tight, spin me like a top

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now
Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now

There’s nothing more that I’d like to do
Than take the floor and dance with you
Keep dancin’, let’s keep dancin’

Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it

Groovin’ loose or heart to heart
We put in motion every single part
Funky sounds wall to wall
We’re bumpin’ booties, havin’ us a ball, y’all

Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah
Show ’em how we do it now
Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah

Show ’em how we do it now, yeah
Shake it
Show ’em how we do it now, yeah
Shake it, shake it

Written by Dino Fekaris, Frederick J. Perren • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

 

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Dogma of any kind…


Maybe its time we stopped fighting over who has most righteous claim to the most righteous dogma
All dogma is f#cked up dogma.
I’m with this…

 

dogma-of-any-kind Dogma of any kind messes up society. Neil de Grasse Tyson

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New! Workshop for Clinicians – Hearing Voices Part 1 : Learning to listen to “auditory hallucinations”


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Very pleased to announce this new workshop specifically designed for experienced clinicians, Approved by Ontario Psychological Association and offered through Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute.

Facilitators:  Kevin Healey
                            Dr Erica Martin PhD Clin. Psychologist

In October 2016 we were invited to present together at the Ontario Psychological Association Annual Conference. People asked for more and this workshop is the result.

Register Online

http://oshawapsychotherapytraining.com/hearing-voices-part-1-auditory-hallucinations/

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Full Description

The text below is also contained in this easy print pamphlet. [pdf]: clinician-wkshp-hearing-voices-pt-1-learning-to-listen-to-auditory-hallucinations

 

Workshop

Hearing voices is a remarkably common experience.
Most of us will hear a voice or voices at least once, often around significant life events, and many of us do regularly. Hearing voices is about as common as left-handedness, yet some people really struggle and this has led to it being mystified, demonized, and made taboo.

This workshop is designed for clinicians, to help you become more comfortable in beginning to support those who do struggle, yet are left to struggle alone with difficult experiences like voices, that sometimes get called psychosis.

We include an introduction to some key ideas and ways of working that accept and normalize hearing voices as a human experience that can be troubling, but that may also offer rich insight into working through difficulties in life.

The focus is on bringing compassion to this experience. We offer a trauma-informed approach to understanding the difficulty, making connections between difficult life experiences and difficult experiences with voices, and how these difficulties are compounded when the person has their experience denied and is left to deal alone with their pain.

Aims

The aim of this workshop is to demystify the experience of hearing voices and begin to work in practical ways with a person who struggles, supporting them in finding their power to live a life they deem worth living.

  • Accepting voices as a normal human experience that is remarkably common, yet one with which some people really struggle.
  • Truly trauma-informed – explore and understand common links between difficult life experiences and difficult experiences with voices.
  • Learning how to support a person who struggles with voices in finding and using their power to act in their own life.
  • Show ways working with voices can be analogous to working with any other difficult experience a client might bring to your practice.
  • Show how many of the tools and approaches you already use can also be used with these clients.
  • A Map – a simple, practical tool for use in many ways including communicating with clients about what is possible and co-creating plans for working together, and supporting them in reclaiming their power with difficult experiences.

Sharing Insights

We will share insights from our own experiences and areas of practice: Kevin Healey will share some personal insights from living with voices, and from working in the community; Dr. Erica Martin will share insights from her own learning and from having taken some ideas and practices into her clinical work. We hope that you will also bring and share your own insights and experiences.

Getting practical

We will also provide information in using, selecting and combining approaches including:

Presented by Kevin Healey and Dr. Erica Martin PhD

Friday April 28th, 2017 (2pm to 9pm) and Saturday April 29th, 2017 (9am to 5pm)

  • Formulation
  • Maastricht Interview and Construct
  • Voice Mapping
  • Voice Profiling
  • Non Violent Communication
  • Voice Dialogue
  • Coping Strategies
  • Safe- enough

Further workshops in this series will focus on practicing some of these approaches and working through difficulties that can arise.

About the Presenters

 khKevin Healey hears voices that you don’t and has done for as long as he or his voices can remember. Founder and coordinator of http://www.recoverynet.ca, Toronto Hearing Voices group and the Hearing Voices Café.

Drawing on skills and experiences gained from three decades of group work in organizations, in peer support and the wider community he develops innovative trainings and workshops that enable others to better understand and support those who struggle with the kind of experiences that get called “psychosis”.

A member of the hearing voices worldwide community, in Oct 2016 was honored to receive the Intervoice annual Award for Innovation at the World Hearing Voices Congress in Paris.

dr-ericaDr. Erica Martin is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and completed both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at York University. She currently works in private practice as a forensic and clinical psychologist, and was most recently employed at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences where she worked as a forensic psychologist, conducting both assessment and therapy with individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness and who have been found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR). She took the lead in the development of a CBT for Psychosis Group treatment manual for complex patient presentations at Ontario Shores, and was the point-person for psychosis intervention at the hospital. Her research interests include the decision- –making process in the forensic mental health system, as well as the management and rehabilitation of dynamic risk factors.

 

Fee Options

Regular

Early Bird* (20% Discount)

Group** (15% Discount)

$394.37

($349 + HST)

$371.77

($329 + HST)

$383.07

($339 + HST)

Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars and include HST (13%).

*To receive the Early Bird rate, you must register for the workshop by March 25, 2016.
**Group rate applies to single registration via mail of fax of three of more individuals; online registration not available for this rate

Location

Oshawa Psychological & Counselling Services at the Oshawa Clinic 2nd Fl. East Wing,
117 King Street East, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B9

 

How to register

1. Online registration via Paypal payment system:

http://oshawapsychotherapytraining.com/hearing-voices-part-1-auditory-hallucinations/

 

2. Mail/Fax completed registration form to:

Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute 2nd Floor East Wing,
117 King Street East

Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B9

Fax: (905) 721-6880

CONTACT US:

Please contact us by e-mail at

info@oshawapsychotherapytraining.com

or by phone at 905-721-7723/1-866-568-9476.

For more information please visit our website:

http://www.oshawapsychotherapytraining.com

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Rise up – Andra Day


andradaysriseupsuppliesthesoundtracktobeatsbydresnewestad-1And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again

 

 

Rise Up

You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousands times again
For you
For you
For you
For you

When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We’ll take it to its feet
And move mountains

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you

All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh oh
We’ll rise

I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousands times again
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you

Songwriters: CASSANDRA MONIQUE BATIE, JENNIFER DECILVEO
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life on the edge of the wormhole…


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I see him all the time…


Lori Anderson talking of Lou Reed…

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“Lou is the most wonderful person I’ve ever met and I think of him all the time and he’s completely inspiring to me. I miss him enormously, but there’s no point in being sad.

I see him all the time, he’s always here, a continued, really powerful presence.

I think a lot of other people feel the same way – because he was such a strong character – that just doesn’t dissipate that quickly.

I just wish I could hear what he would have to say about Trump.

That would be something. ”

 

 

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