Special Programs

In addition to our “We Need to Talk” and “Let’s Keep Talking” signature events, IDEAS in Psychiatry creates innovative programming to reach diverse audiences in our community.

We often are able to offer special opportunities to specific audiences in our community to have deeper conversations with our nationally renowned speakers.  A few examples of these are:

Mark Vonnegut, MD
Local school students discussed creativity and mental illness with Dr. Vonnegut.

  • Volcano Vista High School – New Mexico’s largest public school; students were from the school’s creative writing classes
  • Bosque School – local independent school in Albuquerque; Entire high school

William Breitbart, MD
Community leaders in palliative care, hospice and counseling talked with Dr. Breitbart over lunch about improving quality of life and psychiatric support for those facing terminal illness. 

Maria Oquendo, MD
Select local public and private school counselors, as well as representatives from the Dean of Students offices at UNM and CNM, discussed child/adolescent and young adult suicide risk and prevention with Dr. Oquendo.

Jeffrey Swanson, PhD  (planned  activities – Feb. 2014)

  • UNM Campus-wide collaborative event to discuss Mental Illness and Culture with a special emphasis on violence and guns
  • Small meeting with local law enforcement crisis intervention teams to discuss mental illness and violence.
  • Small meeting with policy makers in Santa Fe centered on mental health policy and Dr. Swanson’s research

Examples of other projects and collaborations:

  • Lunch with estate planners and trust officers to discuss how to help clients talk about end-of-life when a family member is facing a terminal illness. (In partnership with Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk, PA)
  • Santa Fe Mental Illness Awareness Week collaboration with NAMI-Santa Fe, Minds Interrupted-Compassionate Touch Network; Nuevalight Enterprises; Suicide Finding Hope (http://suicidefindinghope.com ); Santa Fe Doorways; the Grief, Loss and Trauma program at Southwestern College; and El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.
  • CNM Brown Series
  • UNM Faculty Community Speakers (for NAMI-ABQ, NAMI-Westside and other organizations)
  • Creating Community Solutions – July 2013 event and ongoing planning for neighborhood discussions – the goal will be to use the information gathered to develop tangible action items    http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/partners/albuquerque-new-mexico

If you would like to talk with us about a special project, call 505.272.8879 or email PNoskin8@salud.unm.edu