Giving Voice to Marginalized Families/Natural Supporters and Underrepresented Paths to Healing

October 2, 2023

Giving Voice to Marginalized Families/Natural Supporters and Underrepresented Paths to Healing and Wellness


All distress happens in relationship with others, but so too does healing. We all need supportive allies in our lives in times of stress and mental distress. A new series of webinars is designed to explore and give voice to the needs of marginalized supporters and offer the unique chance for all supporters, providers, and interested individuals to explore underrepresented options for wellness and healing they may not traditionally have information about or access to. 


Please join us as we look at the benefits of offering a “bigger tent” and more choices that work for more people. In a world experiencing increased suicide completion, overdose deaths, and unprecedented levels of division, loss, grief, trauma, and stress, it makes sense to look at adding more options that work while confronting and rejecting our fears that tell us there is only one way to heal from and frame human distress.


Help us kick-off this series with Dr. Lucy Johnstone from the U.K. on Wednesday, October 25 at 12 pm ET as we learn about the Power Threat Meaning Framework of distress and discuss potential applications for meaning making and support. 


This event will be followed on November 15 at 12 pm ET by an opportunity to learn about the BreathBodyMind™ stress reduction approach, tools we can all access and share as we head into the winter holiday season, with Level 4 facilitator Linda Lentini. Stay tuned for more event and registration info.


Stay tuned and please join us for additional future events including collaboration with regional family organizations, mental health recovery for refugee families in New England, the Hearing Voices Network approach for families, and more!



Call for Applications: Complex Trauma Training Consortium


The Complex Trauma Training Consortium (CTTC) is currently accepting applications for new CTTC trainer-training field sites. Over a 16-month period, these field sites will be trained to become sustainable knowledge hubs to provide complex trauma training, consultation, and resource dissemination across a U.S. state, territory or one of five designated major metropolitan areas (Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, New York, Washington, D.C.). Field Sites that complete the training requirements are eligible for a stipend of up to $5,000 and unrestricted rights to use the curriculum in their region.


The Complex Trauma Training Consortium (CTTC) is a national trainer-training and workforce development initiative that is establishing sustainable local expertise in complex trauma understanding, assessment, and treatment. This network will include over 200 expert complex trauma trainers across 60 field sites nationwide to increase access to child trauma resources and address behavioral health disparities in underserved areas. Field site teams comprised of 4-6 members will receive extensive trainer-training and ongoing support over the course of approximately 16 months. CTTC Field sites will receive fully-remote training in portions of a 40-hour (20 module) complex trauma-focused curriculum.

Learn More!



October 17

Latine/Latinos/Hispanic Lived Experience and Peer Support

In celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, in partnership with the New England MHTTC, would like to invite people to a listening session about the importance of elevating Lived Experience Leadership among Latine/Latinos/Hispanic Peer Supporters and Latinos/Latine People with Lived Experience to inform the development of the first Hispanic/Latine Yale LET(s)Lead Transformational Leadership Academy, a 9-month FREE transformational leadership development opportunity.

Join us on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 1 PM ET.

Register Here!



October 24

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- October Event

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and New England MHTTC would like to invite you and your staff to attend"Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices," a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series. Native Psychological Brilliance refers to the intelligence, strengths, balance, innate resources, and resilience of Native people. 


The topic for October's session is "Responding and Moving Past Tribal Community Crisis."


This no-cost telehealth series will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Mountain/1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. Each session will be one hour in length and will provide an opportunity for participants to: 

  • Gain skills on strength-based approaches in partnership with Native People to enhance Native behavioral health
  • Discuss ways that Native brilliance is demonstrated and supports behavioral health
  • Learn about Native brilliance examples to share with behavioral health and other health care staff, as well as with local Tribal Nation citizens 


The concept of Native psychological brilliance will be celebrated through Native music video and Native spoken word performances as part of each session.

Join us on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 2 PM ET.

Register Here!



October 25

Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF): An approach to understanding mental distress

The Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) is an alternative, non-diagnostic conceptualization of distress created by providers and service users, published by the British Psychological Society and attracting international attention. Participants will learn the basics of the framework and will have an opportunity to discuss how it might be useful to the family workforce, especially in the areas of meaning-making, empowerment and choice. Attendees will also gain knowledge of where to access further information about the use of PTMF to enhance family workforce knowledge and tools.


Presenter: Dr. Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of ‘Users and abusers of psychiatry’ (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of ‘Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people’s problems’ (Routedge, 2nd edition 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. 

Join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 12 PM ET.

Register Here!


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