We like presenting to groups of 20 to 40 people in an enclosed space where intimate discussion can take place without interruption. Our presentations take from 90 minutes to 2 hours. We request, but do not require, an honorarium for our Speakers. Each panelist tells his or her own story, in his or her own words, for 5 to 15 minutes and we always save at least a half hour for discussion and feedback. We can also conduct interactive arts activities with the audience upon request. Our director Dave Leon also offers individualized talks on topics including forming an artgroup, an attachment perspective on psychosis, and other mental health issues tailored to your agency’s needs.
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Become A Peer Group Leader
We invite current members of The Painted Brain to consider becoming a group leader
in partnership with Project Return Peer Support Network. Group leaders must be
self-motivated, mobile, and able to support and inspire communication and a sense of
community for the members of the group they run on their own at mental health centers
around Los Angeles. For more information contact us below.
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Becoming an Intern
Painted Brain interns work with us as part of their graduate education in Social Work,
Occupational Therapy, and Art Therapy. The Painted Brain and our Fiscal Sponsor,
Special Service for Groups, has working agreements with UCLA, USC, CalState
Northridge and Alliant University. If you are interested in doing an internship with us but
come from a different graduate school or a different mental health discipline, contact
us and we can explore establishing a partnership with your graduate school.
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As some of you already know, my name is pb. I was born in the reflection of all those who suffer with a mental condition. From Schizophrenia to Bipolar, I am the collective thoughts for those of you out there who have yet to gain a voice in today's society.
That is one of the main reasons I exist. We have our ipad, iphone, droid, facebook and so on but where is it that we have a connection to ourselves that so many take for granted. Naturally we become
isolated and fear expression in a way that keeps some of us distant.
Our goal here, is to ignite a connectional movement toward freeing our minds from societal stigmas. And it may seem stigmatizing when I state that, but somehow somewhere one has to mention it, why not me, I'm a cartoon sketch-up.
Below is a link to signup. When you do signup, you'll have the option to be a blogger. We have yet to have a martial artist or dance blogger. So hopefully, you'll fill that gap.
The Painted Brain Is A Peer-Driven Arts And Outreach Campaign Amplifying The Voice And Activating The Community Of Those Living With Mental Health Issues.
What is the mission of the painted brain?
the painted brain intends to help people accept each other as they are and to help people accept themselves as they are. through our activities, the painted brain creates a community of young adults to break down the isolation of mental illness. we actively challenge the prevailing stereotypes or about mental illness.
What is the painted brain?
many of the people involved with the painted brain have personal experiences with mental illness or are close to people that have. we create a space where people who work in the mental health community work alongside young people living with mental illness. we have featured the work of more than one hundred and twenty young people from around the country in the magazine.
Who runs the painted brain?
the painted brain project is directed by dave leon, a social worker who had a vision of media development as a method for community development when he began his work with young adults with mental illness in 2004. the painted brain relies on the work of social work interns, a group of five peers that run art groups and earn a monthly stipend, an advisory board and community members.