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Dr Alice MaherNOVEMBER 4, 2011

Emotional Imprint Curriculum Presented at APCS conference

Changing Our Consciousness Founder and President Alice Maher, along with Victoria Grinman, Suzanne Amro, educator in the Ethics and Religious Culture program in Montreal, and Marshall Alcorn of George Washington University, presented EI at the annual conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, held at Rutgers University. Grinman,a social worker at the Summit School and doctoral candidate at Adelphi Universit, brought the EI vision and methodology to life with a sample lesson plan for upper school students. The presentation was so well received that COC has been offered the opportunity to develop a book.  The opportunity to open a charter school using the EI model has also became a possibility.  

September 8, 2011

Changing Our Consciousness Is Designated A Non-Profit

After a lengthy application process, Changing Our Consciousness, Inc., a non-profit corporation in the State of New York, has been granted 501(c) Federal tax-exempt status. With our 501(c)3 designation in place, Changing Our Consciousness can now accept tax-deductible contributions to fund its unique, critically important projects.

February 15, 2011

How To Touch A Hot Stove Completes Principal photography

How to Touch a Hot Stove, a new feature-length documentary film, co-created by COC Founder and President Alice Maher MD and Lois Oppenheim PhD and directed by Sheryll Franko, has completed principal photography. How to Touch a Hot Stove addresses the complex problem of how to de-stigmatize those who suffer from mental illness. Against a back-drop of the history of stigma, this film examines the theories, treatments, paradoxes, and dilemmas associated with existing models of mental dysfunction. Interviews with major figures in the mental health field, as well as with many who have experienced marginalization by society, complement the telling of moving life stories. The film's interviewees include: Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; Dr. Charles Marmar, Department of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center; Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel; neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks; Dr. Patch Adams; Dr. Brian Koehler, President of ISPS-US, Frederick Goodwin, M.D., former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Peter Pitts and Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., Founders of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI), Susanna Kaysen, author of Girl, Interrupted, Joanne Greenberg, author of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Elyn Saks, author of The Center Cannot Hold; My Journey Through Madness, and Alice Flaherty, author of The Midnight Disease. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carterhas given permission to use her interview with Jon Stewart. The film's writers are Anne Harrington, PhD and Sean Campbell. The narrator is actor John Turturro. The film's creators have applied for finishing funds from several organizations.

January 10, 2011

Depth Perception PartyDepth Perception Party Launches Facebook Group

COC has launched the Depth Perception Party, a Facebook page with the following mission statement: The Depth Perception Party is a group of people who share a desire to catalyze social change by working to understand the worldviews of both political parties, locate short and long term horizons, support creative leadership, and imagine new solutions to longstanding political conflict. According to COC President Alice Maher, "Because The Waging Dialogue Forums are closed and the number of participants is small, I decided to make the leap to Facebook to create the next dialogue group. I post a new question daily and invite participants from all sides of the political spectrum to share their perspectives."