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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
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November 15, 2002

Pseudo-Psychiatry and the Education of Indian Children Conference

(FREDERICTON) – Psychologist Dr. Bruce Levine will critique current mental health practices and present practical alternatives in his lecture, "Commonsense Rebellion: Debunking Psychiatry, Confronting Society, and Rehumanizing Our Lives" at St. Thomas University on Fri. Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Levine is the author of "Commonsense Rebellion, Debunking Psychiatry, Confronting Society: An A to Z Guide to Rehumanizing our Lives" and writes about issues such as ADD, IQ testing, behavior modification, and what he calls "the epidemic of prescribing mind-altering drugs."

Dr. Levine is on the advisory council of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and has been a practicing psychologist for over 17 years. His writings have recently been featured in Adbusters, Salon, LiP, and Z Magazine.

The Native Studies Program at St. Thomas University is sponsoring the lecture which will be held in Room 101 of Brian Mulroney Hall on Fri. Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Levine will also speak on, "What Psychiatry Isn't Telling Parents about ADD/ADHD and Ritalin." on Sat. Nov. 23 at a one-day conference/colloquium: Pseudo-Psychiatry and the Education of Indian Children at 9:30 a.m. in Room 101 of Brian Mulroney Hall.

Later in the session, Dr. Roland Chrisjohn will discuss "FAE Isn't FAS: The Difference, and Why It's Important." Dr. Chrisjohn, a psychologist, is the director of the Native Studies Program at St. Thomas University. Dr. Chrisjohn is an Oneida of the Iroquois Confederacy and has been active in issues involving indigenous peoples in Canada for more than 30 years. He is the author of "The Circle Game: Shadow and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada."

This event is being sponsored by the Chair in Native Studies, the Native Studies Program, the Guest Lecture Committee and the Psychology Department at St. Thomas University.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Bear Nicolas, Native Studies Programme, St. Thomas University, (506) 460-0366.