INTAR Conference – Toronto Nov. 3-4 2011 Announced “Challenging Our Understanding of Psychosis and Exploring Alternatives for Recovery”

Mark your calendar Challenging Our Understanding of Psychosis and Exploring Alternatives for Recovery November 3 & 4, 2011 University of Toronto, Hart House Registration and conference details to follow. Sponsored by INTAR and The Leadership Project. This conference offers a unique opportunity to hear from a distinguished group of writers, clinical practitioners, researchers, advocates and […]

One Step Beyond: Alternatives beyond Psychiatry Edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann — Book Review by Helen Spandler

Excerpt from the review: Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry functions as a powerful indictment of the failings of the mental health system and a rallying cry for more humane and authentic support services. It is driven by anger at a psychiatric system that is seen to invalidate people’s experiences and actually prevent recovery. But, rather than dwelling […]

Voices of the Heart

Voices of the Heart Mission To promote and defend the rights and interests of people who have been labeled “mentally ill”. To support the rights of service recipients to exercise freedom and control over their own lives. To provide peer support to service recipients in speaking out about their own needs. To address issues in […]

“User Involvement in Research and Evaluation: Liberation or Regulation?” — by Peter Beresford

Abstract This article explores the progressive and regressive potential of ‘user involvement’ in research and evaluation, with particular reference to social policy. There is growing political and research interest in user involvement. This article critically explores key different approaches to user involvement in research and relates them to consumerist and democratic models of involvement in […]

Critical psychiatry network

The ‘Bradford Group’ of psychiatrists first met in Bradford in January 1999. The group provides a network to develop a critique of the contemporary psychiatric system. CPN is a network primarily for psychiatrists, psychiatric trainees and medical students with an interest in psychiatry.

“Families and First Break: An Evolving Role” – Ron Bassman, Karyn Baker & Connie Packard

For printer friendly document complete with footnotes (not included in this post) click here. ABSTRACT The changing role of the family and how the family unit may help or harm a disturbed and/or disturbing member is examined. The authors use their personal experiences as mental health professionals, user/survivors and family members to inform their critique. […]

“Reframing First Breaks and Early Crisis: A Capabilities-Informed Approach” — Kim Hopper

Kim Hopper Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts October 2009 A note on the project: This paper will attempt to lay out a usable version of the capabilities approach and explore how its conceptual toolkit might aid us in thinking about “first breaks” and early crises. As will quickly be evident, this is very […]

“Alternative approaches to first break situations: Key practice models and their operant values” –by Stastny, Chaudhary, Hagmann

I. Introduction: The purpose of this working paper is to identify and describe key alternatives to mainstream psychiatric intervention — designed to benefit individuals experiencing a first break or early crisis episode (see definition below) — that are either currently available or have been in operation since the mid 1970s. We focus on the three […]

Portland Hearing Voices

Portland Hearing Voices is a community group to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. We aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, […]