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Alternatives to Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenging the culture of disorder

September 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This session will be facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson. Both Lucy and Jo are long-time critics of the diagnostic model of mental distress, which too often re-traumatises people and undermines their human rights. They  believe that instead of asking ‘What is wrong with you?’ we should be asking ‘What has happened to you?’ Lucy will outline the principles of the Power Threat Meaning Framework, an ambitious project by a group of psychologists and survivors which outlines a non-medical approach to what are called ‘mental illnesses.’ It explores the role of power and threat in people’s lives, and describes how we  respond to and create meaning out of these experiences, thus enabling the creation of new and more hopeful narratives. Jo will describe the ‘A disorder 4 everyone!‘ events which have been held across the UK, and which have provided an opportunity for professionals, service users and anyone involved in mental health work to share their stories of recovery and introduce new ways forward. She will also perform one of her poems.


September 15, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dr Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist and author several books taking a critical perspective of psychiatric practice, including ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014). She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. Lucy is an experienced conference speaker and lecturer, and currently works as an independent trainer. Her particular interest and expertise is promoting trauma-informed practice and alternatives to the medical model of distress. Jo Watson is a psychotherapist, and activist. She is editor of the book ‘Drop the Disorder!’ and founder of the ‘A disorder 4 everyone’ series of events which challenges the culture of diagnosis and disorder across the UK, in partnership with professionals, carers, performance poets, service user/survivors, and many others who are working for more humane services.
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