Webinar 22: Self-Check

Download a PDF of the presentation slides: History of Movement_Zinman-Bluebird

Webinar 22: The History of the Movement

(Originally Broadcast on Friday, September 11, 2015) 

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by Gayle Bluebird and Sally Zinman



History connects us with our past, with those who have gone before us, and with those who have earned remembrance. Many peer workers, including peer specialists, may not be aware of the rich history to which they belong. (From History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement, by Gayle Bluebird.)

This webinar will connect us with our historical roots and provide an opportunity to remember the pioneers and principles of the past, consider the present, and rededicate ourselves to the core values of the movement to better inform our ongoing work.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the core principles of our consumer/survivor movement.
  • Recognize the transition and challenges in moving from grassroots militant action to providing funded mental health services.
  • Explain the major progressive effect and changes that the consumer/survivor movement has made in the mental health system.
  • Recognize the influence of history on art, and of art on history.


Which of the following groups influenced the early consumer/survivor movement?

  1. Civil rights for African American
  2. Women’s rights
  3. Gay rights
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and C only

Which of the following policies or protocols did the consumer/survivor movement protest?

  1. Deinstitutionalization
  2. Patient-run alternatives to the mental health system
  3. Inhumane and forced treatments
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and C only

Which of the following were NOT activities of the early (70’s and 80’s) consumer/survivor movement?

  1. Madness Network News
  2. Demonstrations and political activism
  3. Certified peer specialist training
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and C only

Consumer/survivor leader Judi Chamberlin was the author of what landmark book?

  1. A Brilliant Madness
  2. A Mind That Found Itself
  3. On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System
  4. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  5. The End of Reason

Funding for the following activities marked the transition from militant activism to mainstream realization of the core principles?

  1. Peer support programs and drop-in centers
  2. Consumer/survivor-run Community Support Programs
  3. Statewide consumer run organizations
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers B and C only

Which of the following express the principles of the consumer/survivor movement today?

  1. Self-determination and choice
  2. Reduction of stigma and discrimination
  3. Involvement in every aspect of mental health system, “nothing about us without us!”
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and C only

What national organization was formed as the consumer/survivor voice of advocacy?

  1. National Mental Health Association
  2. National Association of Peer Specialists
  3. National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness
  5. National Institute for Mental Health

The consumer/survivor movement has created liberation in which of the following ways?

  1. Advocated so that others did not need to experience the same abuse in and by the system
  2. Empowered and freed those who were doing the advocacy to redefine themselves
  3. Integrated themselves within the system to transform the system so it is more healing for all
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and B only

In the early stage of the movement, art was used in which of the following ways?

  1. Express outrage against psychiatric abuse
  2. To raising money to fund the movement and its programs
  3. In therapy groups led by professionals
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers B and C only

Which of the following researchers was the principle investigator for the Well-Being Project?

  1. Judith Cook
  2. Mark Salzer
  3. Jean Campbell
  4. Allen Daniels
  5. Matt Chinman

Which of the following is a self-help arts guide written in 2000 that is available on the www.alteredstatesofthearts.com website that is still relevant today?

  1. Taking the Arts Seriously
  2. Reaching Across with The Arts
  3. Creative Vision Factory
  4. Altered States of the Arts
  5. Art Thou Ready?

In personal, interpersonal, and system transformation, what role does/do the arts play?

  1. Creates a historical record of the healing journey
  2. Provides connection to self, others, and community
  3. Creative expression is freely available and healing on multiple levels
  4. All of the above
  5. Answers A and B only

Download a PDF of the presentation slides: History of Movement_Zinman-Bluebir


Presenter Biographies

Sally Zinman is the Executive Director of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO). Sally has been active in the mental health consumer/survivor empowerment movement almost 40 years. Sally is a workshop presenter, keynote speaker and consultant on public policy, self-help, empowerment, and organizing issues throughout the country. She has published books and articles on these issues.

Gayle Bluebird, RN, has been active in the consumer/survivor movement since 1974.  She has worked in many different capacities. In the 1990s she developed an Office of Consumer Affairs in Broward County, Florida and later worked as an advocate for the Florida Disability Network. From 2004-2006 she served as the coordinator of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) for Peer Networking, for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).   She has recently retired after serving as the Director of Peer Services in the state of Delaware for five years. She has produced and edited the technical report/guidebook Paving New Ground: Peers Working in Inpatient Settings and the accompanying DVD, A Dialogue with Peers and Family members. In addition, Ms. Bluebird often speaks at national conferences on subjects of peer roles in inpatient settings, on the healing value of touching and comfort, and on recovery through the arts. In 2010 she was recognized with a national SAMHSA VOICE Award at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles for her contributions as a consumer advocate and activist. Her current goal is to organize a first national MAD Arts Festival for mental health consumers in 2016.