Humane Clinic is excited to be partnering with Kath Thorburn and Sandy Watson of Inside Out & Associates for our Sydney ReAwaken day.

5th June 2020 @ Harold Park Community Hall

Tickets can be purchased here

About Inside Out & Associates:

Established in 2011, inside out & associates Australia emerged from its founders’ extensive experience in the mental health sector as consultants, educators, advocates, leaders and service providers, and their intentional use of lived experience to inform and transform responses to mental distress.


Inside Out & Associates believe that helpful, inclusive response to mental distress require authentic dialogue and true collaboration with a particular emphasis on lived expertise.


This perspective forms the basis of all our activities, resources and events, which aim to bring together all those interested in mental wellbeing and recovery to explore and foster better ways of understanding and responding to these experiences as individuals, communities and service systems.


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What attendees can expect:

  • Community art project: re-writing the DSM 

  • Presentation by Lucy Johnstone via video link on the Power Threat Meaning Framework with Q&A.

  • Key note presentations:

    • Matt Ball - 'Dissociachotic'​

    • Stephanie Mitchell - 'Compassion for Borderline'

    • Matt Ball & Stephanie Mitchell - 'Do it Anyway'

  • Experiential Home Groups focused on community and mutual support

  • Inside Out & Associates - Narratives, Language and Power – Exploring one of the (many) paradoxes of mental ‘health’ care

  • ReAwaken Manifesto presentation

  • Film screening of 'Healing Voices'.


Matt Ball - Dissociachotic


Seeing the non-psychosis that we share and understanding the dissociative nature of what is usually called psychosis and seeing how psychosis evaporates within the context of safe relational spaces.

'Stephanie Mitchell - Compassion for “Borderline"








Coming from a place of compassion when working with people often labelled with “Borderline Personality Disorder” should be the basis of all clinical and non-clinical practice. Unfortunately individuals with diagnosis’s of BPD are often some of the most maligned in our health services. In this workshop we consider the attachment needs and legitimately adaptive behaviour of individuals who have often experienced complex trauma and significant attachment disruption in early life. Participate in conversations around responsive and compassionate approaches to understanding and being alongside individuals experiencing deep distress.

Matt Ball and Stephanie Mitchell - Do It Anyway

The discussion since the beginning of the consumer movement has been about how we shift systems and institutions towards personal recovery, but has the time come to ask – should we still invite the institution of psychiatry and politics to be part of the conversation of human distress, mental health, trauma and addiction? Taking action is the process by which we can feel and experience the spirit of Cesar Chevez when he stated: “Once Social Change begins it cannot be reversed, you cannot uneducated the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid any more. We have seen the future and the future is ours”. Do It Anyway will explore having an idea and enacting it towards social change. From Healing Voices to Re-Awaken Australia – making change happen is a priority.

Kath Thorburn and Sandy Watson - Narratives, Language and Power – Exploring one of the (many) paradoxes of mental ‘health’ care

People’s unique subjective processes of meaning-making are usually one of the first casualties of mental ‘health’ treatment and contact with related systems. Paradoxically, people’s own ways of understanding what has happened are instrumental in helping to process, define, explore and activate pathways to wellbeing: to meaningful connections   and responses, to resources and communities of choice. Ignoring and denying a person’s unique, alternative explanations for their experiences equates to silencing, perpetuating the very problems psychiatric services and systems claim to resolve, denying opportunities for better understandings of, and responses to, the distinct, creative and unexpected ways that people both navigate through, and emerge from their complex experiences.  This presentation will explore the concept of explanatory frameworks as a way to better understand and respond to people’s meaning making around their experiences of distress and what this might mean for allies, services and communities.

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$150 (+GST) - Waged

$ 75 (+GST) - Unwaged/low income (limited spaces available on application here)

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