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Social Justice Speaker Series – Mental Health And Music In the Community: Documentary Viewing and Discussion (Hybrid Event)

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


CPA’s Social Justice Speaker Series Presents:

Mental Health, Music, and Community

“Orchestrating Change” Documentary Viewing & Discussion 

The inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them

Documentary Viewing:  Orchestrating Change: The inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them.

Watch the 30 second promo here!

Discussants: Conductors Caroline Whiddon and Ronald Braunstein

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 16th, 2024 6:00-8:00 PM

The Documentary is 85 minutes and our discussants will join at 7pm for a 30 minute Zoom Panel discussion.  Attendees will continue the discussion until 8pm

Location: This program is sponsored by CPA and will be held in the Community Room of the Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford.

Wallingford Public Library, Community Room

200 N Main St, Wallingford, CT 06492

Community room is the first room to the right when entering from the back parking lot of the building.

Cost:  FREE to attend.  Delicious refreshments will available for those who attend in person.

Documentary Synopsis:

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra. Ronald Braunstein was on the trajectory to becoming one of the world’s leading conductors until he made his diagnosis of bipolar disorder public and was shunned by the classical music community. He decided to create an orchestra for people like him with the mission of erasing mental health stigma one concert at a time. The film follows Braunstein and several of the musicians for two years — capturing their setbacks and their accomplishments. The musicians’ stories are told entirely in their own words, augmented with striking animation. The film culminates in a joyous concert at a major venue. It is a triumph for Braunstein, who thought he might never conduct again, the musicians, and the audience, whose perspective on mental illness is forever changed.

• According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experience mental illness in a given year.

• We all have a family member, friend or colleague living with a mental illness.

• Studies show 50% of people suffering with mental illness who could be helped by medication and therapy do not seek treatment for fear of stigmatization.

• The COVID pandemic has made mental health an even more critical social issue. • With compelling characters, beautiful music, even humor, Orchestrating Change addresses many of the myths about living with mental illness.

• It challenges audiences to reconsider their preconceived notions and dispels the highly sensationalized images too often presented by the media.

• ORCHESTRATING CHANGE empowers those living with a mental health diagnosis.

Contact: Please contact CPA by email (info@connpsych.org) or phone (860-404-0333) with any questions regarding the event.

Learning Objectives:

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Post Event Evaluation Form:

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Attendees may also join via Zoom (Link to follow)














The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Connecticut Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  1 CE credit is available per hour for attendees who are present for the entire program. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program.

CPA and our speakers have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.


May 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Connecticut Psychological Association – Social Justice Speaker Series


Wallingford Public Library
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492
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