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"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis: Exploring trauma informed, non pathologising alternatives including The HER Model & The Power Threat Meaning Framework


In association with Mind in Camden & Women and Girls Network


AD4E is returning to London, this will be our 10th event.

Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Dr Jacqui Dillon, Prof John Read, Clare Shaw, Akiko Hart, Dr Akima Thomas, Laura Delano, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney


When you buy your ticket please consider donating a small amount via our "donation" option to support free and cheap places for people who can't afford to pay.





Who Attends?

This day is for anyone who is interested in and concerned about the current debates in 'mental health.'

It provides a space to explore the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model and the narrative of 'diagnosis and disorder!'

Attendees from past AD4E events have included people who identify as the following :-

people with lived experience of emotional distress, supporters of people with lived experience, survivors, psychologists, journalists, activists, counsellors, service users, service refusers, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, managers and individuals with a general personal interest.



About the day

The event features not just professionals but people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an essential contribution to make to the debate.

Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery.



Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning.


Lucy will also be introducing the Power Threat Meaning Framework



Other contributors will be presenting or offering workshops see details below.


About Lucy


Dr Lucy Johnstone is a UK clinical psychologist, trainer, speaker and writer, and a long-standing critic of biomedical model psychiatry. She has worked in adult mental health settings for many years, alternating with academic posts. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate, a highly regarded course which was based on a critical, politically-aware and service-user informed philosophy, along with an emphasis on personal development.

Lucy has authored a number of books, (including 'Users and Abusers of Psychiatry, 2nd edn 2000) articles and chapters on topics such as psychiatric diagnosis, formulation, the psychological effects of ECT, and the role of trauma in breakdown.

Lucy was a contributor to the Division of Clinical Psychology 'Position Statement on Classification' 2013. She is currently convening a group of leading UK clinical psychologists and mental health experts who are working to develop an evidence-based and conceptually coherent alternative to the current diagnostic systems.

Lucy's book is available here: A Straight-Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis,

& check out Lucy's articles for Mad in america here: https://www.madinamerica.com/author/ljohnstone/

Twitter - @ClinpsychLucy

Read Lucy & Jo's article in BACP's Therapy Today (April '17)

030 to 033 Just listen to their stories TT_Apr17.pdf


About Jo

Jo Watson is a psychotherapist, trainer and activist who started out in the survivor and rape crisis movements of the 1990's. She has worked therapeutically for the last 20 years with people who have experienced trauma. Jo actively challenges the biomedical model both inside and outside of her work and links emotional distress to psycho-social causes. (Trauma, adversity, oppression, lack of positive attachment etc.)

Jo believes that in many cases the identification with a ‘diagnosis’ is damaging and counterproductive to a healing process and that alternative routes to understanding distress should be offered.

Jo founded the facebook group 'Drop The Disorder!' in September 2016 as a place where people can meet to discuss, campaign and debate.

Jo is organising and promoting "A Disorder For Everyone!" which is presently making its way around the UK!



www.jowatsonpsychotherapy.co.uk

Twitter - @dropthedisorder

AD4E website: www.adisorder4everyone.com

Read about how the event came about in Jo's Mad in America' blog!


About Nollaig


Nollaig McSweeney qualified as a mental health nurse in the UK in 1997 and worked in acute psychiatry for quite some time before she realised that the so-called ‘science’ behind it was highly questionable. This insight was largely sparked by reading Rosenhan’s 1973 study – On Being Sane in Insane Places. Nollaig is a valued member and contributor of "Drop the disorder' facebook group and is an activist for change.


About Jacqui


Dr Jacqui Dillon is a writer, activist, international speaker and trainer.

She has personal and professional experience, awareness and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery.

Jacqui has lectured and published worldwide and is a skilled facilitator in complex learning environments and has a track record of creating and sustaining user centred initiatives and of affecting change at all levels. Jacqui is also a voice hearer.


Jacqui on "Why did I go Mad?" - BBC2 Horizon


Horizon



Check out more about jacqui via her website here


About John



Prof John Read is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London.

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/r/john-read

John worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services in the UK and the USA, before joining the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1994, where he worked until 2013.

He has published over 130 papers in research journals, primarily on the relationship between adverse life events (eg child abuse/neglect, poverty etc.) and psychosis. He also researches the negative effects of bio-genetic causal explanations on prejudice, the opinions and experiences of recipients of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in mental health research and practice.

John is on the Boards of:

  • Hearing Voices Network www.hearing-voices.org/about-us/
  • The UK branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis www.isps.org
  • The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal http://iipdw.com/

He is the Editor of the ISPS’s scientific journal ‘Psychosis’.

His books include:

READ, J., DILLON, J. (eds.). (2013). Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis, 2nd edition. Routledge.

READ, J., SANDERS P. (2010). A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems. PCCS Books.

GEEKIE, J., RANDAL, P., LAMPSHIRE, D., READ, J, (eds.). (2012). Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives. Routledge.



About Clare

Clare Shaw has been described by the Arvon Foundation as 'one of the country's most dynamic young poets' and we are delighted that she will be performing her work for us at 'A Disorder For Everyone!' in Manchester.


Clare's poetry often addresses political and personal conflict and it is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language.

Find out more about Clare in her fab interview for Writers Aloud.
https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/wa_episode135/



About Akiko

Akiko Hart is the Chair of ISPS UK, a Committee Member of the English Hearing Voices Network and the Hearing Voices Project Manager at Mind in Camden. As part of her work at Mind in Camden, she helps set up, facilitate and sustain Hearing Voices groups and networks in a variety of settings, including the community, in-patient units, children and adolescent mental health services, prisons, secure units and Immigration Removal Centres. She has previously worked as the Director of Mental Health Europe, and has a keen interest in the differences and overlaps in mental health provision in different national and regional settings.

She has written about and spoken on a number of topics at conferences across Europe, including promoting alternatives to the medical model, de-institutionalization and legal capacity. Her research interests include critical suicidology, psychosis and dissociation.



About Akima

Dr Akima Thomas is a feminist activist and comes from a background in nursing and social work. Founder and Clinical Director of Women and Girls Network a holistic therapeutic service working with women and girls surviving gendered violence. Akima has pioneered working from a trauma informed approach and has developed a strengths based non pathologising clinical model; the Holistic Empowerment Recovery Model (HER) integrating healing of mind body and spirit. More recently Akima has researched women’s healing journey chronicling their strategies of resistance rebellion and resilience to ensure survival.




About Laura

Laura Delano

Laura is an ex-psychiatric patient and the Co-founder and Executive Director of Inner Compass Initiative (ICI), a U.S.-based non-profit organization that provides information to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things "mental health" and resources to support people who wish to leave, bypass, or build community beyond the mental health system. She also leads ICI’s The Withdrawal Project (TWP), a comprehensive web-based resource for safer psychiatric drug tapering and withdrawal. You can find out more about Laura, ICI, and TWP at https://www.theinnercompass.org Find inner compass on twitter: @_innercompass





What people have said about the event...

"The whole day has been a transformative experience. I have always been uncomfortable with labels but felt I had to go along with it. Now I feel empowered to offer the people I work with the option at least to explore alternative ways of understanding their pain." (Participant Birmingham)

"I feel like I am at the beginning of an exciting and liberating journey. Thank you Lucy" (Participant on Birmingham )

"I've been told I am ill for the best part of 20 years and given the 'meds' to go along with it. This has never felt right, now I know it isn't right." (participant Bristol)

"A Disorder for Everyone is not your average event. I have learnt that I need to unlearn! I am re-evaluating everything!" (Participant Birmingham)

"Everything about today has been validating, I really needed this course!" (participant Edinburgh)

"Lucy's straight forward, commonsense approach was just what I needed at the moment. Her message is simple: Listen to people, to their stories and help them make their own sense about their lives" (Participant Birmingham course)

"I have no idea what to make of it all, but I feel like i'm at the start of a mini personal revolution!" (participant London)

"I arrived today with two 'illnesses', I'm leaving with the knowledge that all my pain and distress makes total sense." (Participant Liverpool)

"Inspirational, exciting but most of all hopeful" (Participant Brighton)


Check our Counsellor Cath Norris talking about her experience of AD4E

Professor Peter Kinderman's thoughts about the events

The musical slideshow of our Manchester event!

A review written by participant Monica Glover about our Birmingham event in April 2018

For in depth reviews please check out the website


For in depth reviews please check out the website


The AD4E team Jo, Lucy & Nollaig London 8th June 2017



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Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
London
EC2A 3EA

020 7033 1777
sct@amnesty.org.uk


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AD4E London event - Amnesty International, 8th June 2017





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