The Rx Generation: Conference on Alternatives to Meds in Children


This September 19-20, Freeport, Maine hosts “The Rx Generation: Alternatives to the Use of Psychiatric Medications with Children,” a conference that will include presentations by Steve Balt, Barry Duncan, Jacqueline Sparks, Robert Whitaker and others on the evidence and rationale for finding alternatives to drugging children.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. To each of the participants, on behalf of children and youth:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And I loved the title of this session by Barry Duncan, PsyD (who was also a participant earlier this summer at Vatican on behalf of children):

    ‘The Jury has Deliberated and the Verdict in In: No First Use of
    Psychotropics for Children and Adolescents’



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