National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Peer-run oral history projects are powerful, participatory activities that allow consumers/ survivors/ex-patients (c/s/x) to document the history of the mental health system from the perspectives of those who have lived through it. Such projects allow us to reclaim our own history, which differs from the “official” version, and provide opportunities for healing as we restructure our own internal narratives.
The presenters created an oral history project that recorded, transcribed, and archived almost 200 oral histories of peers in New York State from 1999-2003, and won the 2003 New York State Board of Regents’ Archives Award for Excellence in Documenting New York’s History. They will lead participants through the steps they took to create the project, and will offer concrete information on key topics such as:
The presenter will provide examples of oral history transcripts, handouts with step-by-step instructions, and a bibliography of oral history resources.
Goal: Participants will learn concrete information about the tools, resources, and information needed to create a successful consumers/survivor/ex-patient oral history project.
1) Participants will be introduced
to the idea that the history of psychiatry from
2) Participants will learn how the presenters created a viable, award-winning project that gathered, transcribed and archived almost 200 c/s/x oral histories.
3) Participants will be introduced to skills and resources that will help them create their own oral history projects.
4) Participants will understand the parallels between reclaiming our history as a community and restructuring our own internal narratives as a part of our healing process.