This Week: Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance (Tues) and Learning Mental Through Film (Fri)

August 21, 2023

Clinical Brief: Discussing Diagnosis of Early Psychosis with Youth and Families

Providing diagnostic feedback and psychoeducation to youth who are experiencing early psychosis or clinical signs of risk for psychosis and families is important and can be beneficial. When provided thoughtfully, with attention to the youth and family’s culture and experience, feedback can help youth and families to better understand their experiences and reduce misconceptions, worry, and shame about symptoms. Feedback can also help the youth to begin learning and practicing effective coping skills and strategies.

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August 22

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- August 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 August's session is "Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Support for Building on Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country."


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, August 22, 2023 at 2 PM ET.

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August 25

Learning Mental Health Through the Lens of Film

The language of the written word is too limiting for efforts to communicate mental health awareness. Image and sound, which have been used to communicate and teach since ancient times, are much more powerful. Film and other audiovisual media are important ways to promote mental health and reduce stigma and can help enhance emotional and intellectual harmony.

Presenter: Mohan Agashe, MD

Join us on Friday, August 22, 2023 at 11 AM ET.

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August 28

31st Annual Virtual New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services: Opening Plenary Session

Opening Plenary Session by staff from New England MHTTC on the topic of Prioritizing Racial Equity in the Workplace: Real Change for Real Lives.


The late summer Best Practices 5-day event gives addiction and behavioral health professionals the opportunity for in-depth study of areas of special interest. The program includes offerings in advanced clinical treatment in best practices and evidence-based practices treatment approaches, a track for psychologists and experienced counselors, an advanced prevention track, current and emerging topics, and clinical supervision.


Select from over 30 courses!  

Click here for course lists, descriptions, and agenda!

Join us on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 12:30 PM ET.

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September 13

Lived Experience as Expertise: How NAMI Can Support Patients and Families

NAMI has many free support and educational programs. This talk will review these programs and discuss NAMI's first bookYou Are Not Alone, where people who have lived with mental health conditions use their names and share what they have learned. They do so to reduce the isolation and shame so common with mental health conditions and to make meaning of their experience. Their lessons include ways they have found to live with symptoms, give to others, and build a life. Families who have learned to communicate and cope with loss will also share what they learned. 

Presenter: Ken Duckworth, MD, is the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ken is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 12 PM ET.

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