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Current DBSA Speakers

Presentations are from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public: donations are welcome at the door. Share Care Groups follow the talks. On Wed. nights when there are no lectures, we will have 2 hour Share Care Groups from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please arrive between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.

February 23, 2011"Dangerously High," Kitty McKay, MA, DBSA - Boston member presents her one-women show on her struggles with mania and her success with recovery.

May 11, 2011 - Readings from "The Buddha and the Borderline," Kiera Van Gelder, MFA, book signing after presentation

March 9, 2011 - "Update from the Frazier Institute: Promising Leads to New Understanding and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders," Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD. Dr. Cohen is Emeritus Director of McLean Hospital and the Robertson-Steele Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director, Shervert Frazier Research Institute at McLean Hospital. Dr. Cohen is a national leader in the study and treatment of affective disorders. He recently co-authored with Chelsea Lowe, Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder.

March 23, 2011 - "The Gift of Recovery: Creating a Life after Mental Illness," Amy Dahlberg-Chu, C.P.S. Amy works as a Peer Counselor at Waverley Place, McLean Hospital's Community Support Program. She is a Certified Peer Specialist in Mental Health Recovery in Massachusetts and a graduate of Cascap's Consumer Provider Program. In addition, she has a BA from Harvard University and an MA from Brandeis. Amy began attending DBSA-Boston groups in 1999. She has been a DBSA-Boston group facilitator for three years and is finishing up her first term on the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Transformation Center's Voices for Change newsletter.

April 13, 2011 - "Reflections and Reminiscences of More than Fifty Years of Service to McLean Hospital: Francis de Marneffe, MD discusses his Recently Published McLean Hospital: A Personal Memoir," Francis de Marneffe, MD is General Director Emeritus and Senior Consulting Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, and Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. de Marneffe served as McLean's General Director from 1962 to 1987.

April 27, 2011 - "Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues)." Poet, playwright, and performer Michael Mack presents his critically acclaimed one-man play about his mother's mental illness. Mack was 5 when his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia -- later diagnosed bipolar -- and his "exquisite" (NPR), "transcendent" (Boston Globe) lyric monologue chronicles her life and recovery. Excerpts have been published in America magazine, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Best Catholic Writing. Mack was awarded an Artist's Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and 1st Prize in the National Writers Circle Poetry Competition. He has performed at Foxwoods, the US Library of Congress, and Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center, as well as for consumers and providers of mental health services -- the NAMI National Conference, the Clubhouse network, and for faculty and students of the Harvard Medical School. Visit www.michaelmacklive.com

May 11, 2011 - "Readings from The Buddha and the Borderline," Kiera Van Gelder, MFA. Kiera is a writer, artist, and educator diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. An international health activist, she is featured in the documentary Back From the Edge: Living with and Recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder, produced by the award-winning Lichtenstein Creative Media. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in numerous literary and mental health journals. Kiera is currently at work on her second book, I'm Not a Sex Addict, You Are. Kiera has presented at DBSA-Boston in the past to a most appreciative audience. Book signing following the presentation.

May 25, 2011 - "The Ins and Outs of Being a Student at The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation," Lenny Mulcahy, BA, CPRP and Andrea Bengtson-Robin, MA, MSW. Lenny has worked at The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for nine years. He started out at The Center as a Recovery Education student. Since that time, he began volunteering at The Center and became a Certified Personal Trainer. Lenny currently teaches physical fitness classes, sports and recreation, WRAP, and various wellness classes. He also leads groups of students in outdoor activities with Outdoor Explorations throughout the year. Andrea has worked at The Center for four years. Andre facilitates the registration of new students at The Center and works with Boston University students who need various accommodations during their academic time at BU.

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Last Update: March 9, 2011

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