MindFreedom International offers a free webinar hosted by Daniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey, co-authors of the book, “A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder”

Matthew Morrissey, a co-presenter in this free webinar, is a psychotherapist on the board of MindFreedom International.


Principles for Staying Sane While Effectively Helping a Loved One in Crisis

An archive of this webinar is available for free! Follow the links provided below.

If you have difficulty accessing the webinar through these links, go to The WRAP Channel on YouTube to view MindFreedom Webinars.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011.


Do you have a family member or friend who has been through (or is undergoing) a mental health crisis?  If so, you are familiar with how difficult and frustrating it can be to watch someone you love suffer.  

At first, we are more than ready to give of our time and resources.  We almost feel compelled to step in and manage aspects of the person’s life for him or her.  Soon, we wonder why he or she “just can’t snap out of it,” and finally risk becoming resentful if our selfless acts don’t add up to less suffering for our loved one.  

In this webinar, participants will learn principles that, when applied thoughtfully in real-life situations, can help both their loved ones stay on a healing path while helping themselves avoid burnout & withdrawal.  

Specifically, the webinar addresses issues such as:  

  • setting & maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • avoiding/reducing power struggles over psychiatric medications
  • managing issues of separateness vs. fusion in intense relationships. 


Matthew Morrissey, MFT (photo upper right), is a psychotherapist in San Francisco.  Along with Daniel Mackler, he is the co-author and co-editor of A Way Out of Madness:  Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder.  He is the Northern California Coordinator for ISPS-US (The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses), and is a Board Member of MindFreedom International. 

For more info on Matthew go here:


Daniel Mackler, LCSWDaniel Mackler, LCSW (photo lower right), s a filmmaker, writer, musician, and former psychotherapist.  He is the co-editor of Beyond Medication:  Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis and the co-editor and co-author of A Way Out of Madness:  Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder.  He is also the director of Take These Broken Wings, a documentary on recovery from schizophrenia without medication, and most recently two new documentaries, Healing Homes and Open Dialogue, both of which explore innovative models for the effective treatment of psychosis. 

For more info about Daniel’s work click here: 


Past webinar:

To view an archive for free of a past MindFreedom webinar co-presented by MFI board members Al Galves, PhD and Janet Foner, see related content below.)

Thank you:

MindFreedom extends its appreciation to member Mary Ellen Copeland and her community for support for this webinar. For information about WRAP’s mental health recovery work click here. 

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