Berlin Conference Sept 2011 – Searching for a Rose Garden – Fostering Real Alternatives to Psychiatry

We are pleased to announce the conference Searching for a Rose Garden. Fostering Real Alternatives to Psychiatry on 2nd and 3rd September, 2011 in Berlin. This conference is the highlight of the event series “Survivor Control: The Rights and Self-help Opportunities of People with Psychiatric Experience” organized by the Berlin Association for Protection against Psychiatric […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

Factors Involved in Outcome and Recovery in Schizophrenia Patients Not on Antipsychotic Medications: A 15-Year Multifollow-Up Study – Harrow & Jobe

This prospective longitudinal 15-year multifollow-up research studied whether unmedicated patients with schizophrenia can function as well as schizophrenia patients on antipsychotic medications. If so, can differences in premorbid characteristics and personality factors account for this? One hundred and forty-five patients, including 64 with schizophrenia, were evaluated on premorbid variables, assessed prospectively at index hospitalization, and […]