INTAR is holding an all-day gathering on the topic of “Rethinking Psychiatric Crisis: Alternatives Responses to ‘First Breaks.'” INTAR is a sponsor group in MindFreedom Internationals’ Support Coalition, and Celia Brown, MFI Board President, is on the planning committee.

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The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR) – Annual Meeting:





November 23, 2009 – 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
Kimmel Center, New York University,
Manhattan, New York, USA

Sponsored by The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery ( INTAR ) and

The Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts* and Community Access, Inc.

Conference Chair: A. Nazlim Hagmann, MD MPH Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY

Conference Planning Committee: Ron Bassman, Celia Brown, Linda Donovan, Kim Hopper, Brian McKinnon, Seana O’ Callaghan, Karen Rosenthal, Peter Stastny, Lauren Tenney

About The Conference

First-person accounts consistently show that treatment can compound the ordeal of early psychiatric crisis- especially those resulting in hospitalization. In addition to the disorientation of psychosis, or the bleak depths of depression, treatment itself can be an ordeal. Even when offering welcome relief and safety, conventional biomedical responses can involve coercion, social isolation, the adverse effects of powerful medications, and suspension of life plans. Research suggests lowering medication dose or delaying its use can reduce the disruptive effects associated with conventional treatment of first breaks. When combined with non-coercive, labor-intensive practices that draw upon kin and/or peers, viable alternatives to hospitalization have proven feasible. Although little known in the U.S., experience elsewhere suggests that such alternatives may provide gentler, more flexible, less disabling means negotiating early crisis. This conference will assemble experienced practitioners, seasoned researchers and informed users of such alternatives. It will explore their history, present-day problems and challenges, and prospects for expanding options for responding to psychiatric crisis in this

Key Note :

“Why do we need Alternatives?” Will Hall

Discussant: Sue Estroff


*** Introduction to Key Alternatives:


-Open Dialogue

-Survivor/Peer Driven Alternatives

*** “How do we know these alternatives are safe and helpful?”


  • *** Soteria
  • *** First Break and Crisis Alternatives, UK
  • *** Family Involvement and Self Determination
  • *** Crisis Residential Alternatives, USA
  • *** Trauma of First Break and Traditional Interventions
  • *** Medication and “First Break”
  • *** What is happening to young people?: Critical Look at Prevention Programs
  • *** Advocating for Alternatives in the Age of Health Care Reform

Closing Panel:

*** “Alternatives, Capabilities and System Transformation” Robert Whittaker, Andy Blanch, Ron Bassman, Ken Thompson

Moderator: Kim Hopper

MultiMedia Show

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The Conference is also supported by:

  • -The Empowerment Center
  • -Mental Disability Rights International
  • -SUNY Downstate Medical Center

* The Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts is funded by grant P20 MH078188 from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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