Archive for January, 2015

02/11/15 meeting reminder and  agenda | PrEP inservice

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 11th at 9:30 am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

Ruben Gamundi (our PrEP presenter) will present

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People Of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project

People Of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project

This photo project stems from the lack of media representation of POC (people of color) and mental illness. There are tons of articles that list people with depression and other mental illnesses but you rarely see someone who looks like you. We need to change the way this is represented. This is not something to be ashamed about. We need to confront and end the stigma. This is a NOT a white person’s disease. This is a reality for so many people in our community.

If you’re interested in being part of this project, please submit a photo of yourself holding a sign saying “I’m [your name] and I have a mental illness (or the exact type).” Whatever you feel comfortable doing.

  • Angle (shoulders up, waist up etc): shoulders up
  • Save the image as a JPEG and saved as your first and last name
  • Send to: Dior dot Vargas at gmail dot com

more information here:

Call for Papers: TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 3 Issue 1 | Trans/Feminisms

Learning Trans

Please circulate widely!

Call for Papers

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 3 Issue 1


 TSQ CFP 3 1- Special Issue on Trans Feminisms

In Trans/Feminisms, a special double-issue of TSQ, we will explore feminist work taking place within trans studies, trans and genderqueer activism, cultural production in trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary gender communities, and in communities and cultures across the globe that find the modern Western gender system alien and ill-fitting to their own self-understanding. Simultaneously, we want to explore as well the ways in which trans issues are addressed within broader feminist and women’s organizations and social movements around the world. We want this issue to expand the discussion beyond the familiar and overly simplistic dichotomy often drawn between an exclusionary transphobic feminism and an inclusive trans-affirming feminism. We seek to highlight the many feminisms that are trans inclusive and that affirm the diversity of gender expression…

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Redefining Mental Illness | NY Times

Redefining Mental Illness

TWO months ago, the British Psychological Society released a remarkable document entitled “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.” Its authors say that hearing voices and feeling paranoid are common experiences, and are often a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation: “Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and disadvantages.”

The report says that there is no strict dividing line between psychosis and normal experience: “Some people find it useful to think of themselves as having an illness. Others prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without.”

The report adds that antipsychotic medications are sometimes helpful, but that “there is no evidence that it corrects an underlying biological abnormality.” It then warns about the risk of taking these drugs for years.


PrEP talk rescheduled for 02/11/15

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041/14/15 meeting reminder and change to the agenda | PrEP inservice delayed

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 14th at 9:30 am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the amended agenda:

Ruben Gamundi (our PrEP presenter) is rescheduling for a later time TBD. Our apologies for the late notice. Please note that the regular monthly meeting will happen as always.

01/13/15: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training

FREE Training Opportunity!!
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment 
(SBIRT) Training
January 13, 2015
The California Endowment
1000 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Registration will begin at 8:00am
Training: 9:00am-1:15pm

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment are effective in a variety of settings. SBIRT has shown to be effective in primary care settings, where it is incorporated into other routine medical assessments such as measuring blood pressure. It has also been proven effective in hospital emergency departments and trauma centers with individuals with alcohol-related injuries. This training focuses on screening procedures to identify risk; key motivational interviewing concepts and principles that are tied to effective use of the FLO (Feedback; Listen and Understand; Options Explored) brief intervention; and referral to treatment for patients with more serious alcohol use-related problems. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT in a variety of health settings; (2) Explain how to utilize screening procedures to identify patients engaged in at-risk alcohol use behaviors; and (3) Demonstrate a three-step motivational interviewing-based brief intervention strategy to motivate patients to change their at-risk behavior and/or seek treatment.

Targeted Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • MFTs
  • LCSWs
  • Medical Assistants
  • Certified Substance Use Disorder Treatment Counselors
  • Other Behavioral Health Specialists/Clinicians

Additional registration information can be found on the attached form.

Co-Sponsored by:
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and Harbage Consulting

This training is approved by the California Department of Health Care Services, and fulfills the 4-hour SBIRT training requirement noted in the Provider Manual and All Plan Letter dated February 10, 2014 (APL 14-004).

Charlotte Bullen
Training Coordinator
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Phone: 310.267.5408
Fax: 310.312.0538

01/14/15 meeting reminder & agenda | presentation: Ruben Gamundi talks about PrEP

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 14th at 9:30 am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

And stay tuned for the January, 2015 meeting in which we welcome Ruben Gamundi back to Los Angeles to present on PrEP

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