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'A DISORDER FOR EVERYONE!' - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis...

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AD4E is coming to Newcastle

Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo McFarlane, Sally Fox, Julie Leonovs, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney





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.


A choice of workshops will be offered in the afternoon as well as a discussion question and answer panel (Details to follow)



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 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 in mental health both inside and outside of her work and links emotional distress to psycho-social causes. (Trauma, oppression, lack of positive attachment etc.

Jo believes that in many cases the identification with a ‘diagnosis’ is damaging and counterproductive to a satisfactory 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 the issues surrounding the biomedical model can be discussed. 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 Jo

Jo McFarlane is a poet who has lived in Edinburgh all her life and studied languages and philosophy, then a postgraduate degree in Community Education at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in various voluntary sector roles, mainly in the field of advocacy, and has published several collections of poetry, articles and essays. The themes she writes about include creativity, volunteering, spirituality, social justice, diversity, mental health and childhood trauma – drawing on her own experience of these – as well as comic verse and observational pieces on everything under the moon. Jo is regularly invited to give presentations and perform her poems at conferences and workshops including several recitals at the Scottish Parliament.

She has been referred to as ‘the poet laureate of recovery’ and ‘one of the most influential women in mental health in Scotland today’. Her memoir “Skydiving for Beginners: a journey of recovery and hope” is published by the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance.

Read: Skydiving for Beginners: a journey of recovery and hope


About Sally

Sally Fox uses visual arts and the written word to explore and communicate her experience of mental distress and using services. She has performed and exhibited widely and her work has been published in The British Journal of Psychiatry and several poetry anthologies. Her areas of interest include the therapeutic process and relationship, trauma and attachment, art therapy and art journaling, LGBT identities, and the effect of labelling – in particular, Borderline Personality Disorder – all of which she has devised and facilitated groups and events around.

She has also contributed to the training of mental health nurses and other professionals. Sally is passionate about the power of creativity in finding our authentic voice and using it to influence change. Her books include Putting Myself in the Frame: drawing hope from art therapy; and (co-authored with Jo McFarlane) Stigma & Stones: poems on living with a diagnosis of BPD.


About Julie

Julie is a human rights mental health activist. She is also a blogger for Mad in America and has lived experience. Julie is currently training to be a psychotherapeutic counsellor and subsequently a psychotherapist. Previously she studied for a masters in Psychological Research Methods and a degree in psychology.

Her main focus has always been around the questionable nature of 'psychiatric diagnosis' and how labelling can harm those suffering emotional distress. She is critical of the disease model which can ultimately detract from an individual’s personal suffering. As, a consequence Julie is a strong believer in a non-drug approach towards healing prefering professionals to recognise and utilise alternative ways for supporting those going through trauma and crisis. She feels that a complete paradigm shift in how we understand emotional distress is needed and a reevaluation of how we then support and enable individuals to heal.

Primarily as a result of her own experiences she is now a strong advocate promoting the rights of people using mental health services in the UK.


Check out Julie's Mad in America blogs.. here and here!



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.



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)

For in depth reviews please check out the website



Venue

The event will take place at:-

Jurys Inn

Scotswood Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE1 4AD


Making this event as accessible as possible to people who are unable to afford the fee / full fee is a key consideration for us. As a result we have been as efficient as possible and do not provided lunch or programmes etc. It is a 'no paper' event and all resouces and presentations are made available via the website via passwords afterwards.

We hope you support the decision to run the event cost effectively for this reason.



Some snaps of our AD4E London event - Amnesty International, 8th June 2017



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