From:  Andrew Phelps <>


Subject:  [s-acc] Donald's denial

Date:  Sat 05/26/12 07:17 PM



The abstract for the proposed Alternatives workshop (below) calls for discussion of “occupation of behavior” and puts it in the context of “taking responsibility.”

In parallel (it seems) with the “occupation of behavior” perspective is one newly brought out on “Mindful Occupation.” That one is much in the same spirit as what some of us are saying, only it has a “first wave” orientation and speaks to the politics of “Old Social Roles.”

It starts with revisioning Radical Mental Health (which did not sufficiently challenge ego/libido psychology) and takes the revival of the politics of “occupy” to again move that forward. Then it engages the “empowerment” and “peer recovery” agenda - as history has given it to us. It does not directly engage the transition from personal growth to relating based on values. In other words, it's a serious contribution to our movement, but it is different than the “occupy our behavior” project.

They write: “We believe that there is an urgent need to talk publicly about the relationship between social injustice and our mental health. We believe that we need to start redefining what it actually means to be mentally healthy, not just on an individual level, but on collective, communal, and global levels.“

Hello! I do recommend that people look at that website and work to find the basis by which we can collaborate meaningfully.

Also, it has the flavor of “Icarus” and we collaborated together at Anaheim Alternatives and “gave Mickey a ride for his money.” Perhaps we can develop the insight for Portland Alternatives so that Donald will have interesting “duck experiences.“


ABO “Andrew Behavior Object“



workshop application info

Occupying Our Behavior in a Responsible Manner

As client/survivors we seek to possess our behavior in a socially responsible manner that positively engages system transformation. Panel presents its lived experience of responsible behavior occupation – noting both creative ways of being and characteristic difficulties. Participants each design and help prepare individual discussions of responsible occupation of behavior.