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Dr Lucy Johnstone: Trauma Informed Alternative to Psychiatric Diagnosis: Hearing People’s Stories

Dr Lucy Johnstone in conversation with Dr Margot Sunderland and Roz Read

Running time: 75 mins
Cost: £299 for 2 months Subscription


Offering People an Alternative to Psychiatric Diagnosis

This is a must view webinar for anyone who works in the helping professions or teaching profession and more generally for anyone who cares deeply about child and adult emotional wellbeing. It’s vital that we are all up to date now with the internationally acclaimed theory, practice and evidence base for alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

The webinar is divided into the following sections:

  • Alternatives to Psychiatric diagnosis
  • Exploring the appeal of psychiatric diagnosis for some people, institutions and organisations
  • The medicalising of distress: Implications for schools
  • What happens when we give psychiatric drugs and psychiatric diagnoses to children?
  • Why is it so healing to have someone hear your story
  • Won’t hearing people’s stories rather than just giving them pills and a diagnosis cost too much for the NHS?
  • The need to be honest with people about what psychiatric drugs can and can’t do
  • Challenging the belief that mental illness is a chemical imbalance Discussing resilience - is it a useful concept?
  • All about The Power Threat Meaning Framework ( British Psychological Society Clinical Psychology division) as alternative to psychiatric diagnosis
  • Exploring the psychiatric labels of ‘psychosis’ and ‘schizophrenia’ from a trauma informed perspective
  • Exploring so called manic behaviour and ‘bipolar disorder’ from a trauma informed perspective.
  • How can we help people who’ve been stuck in the psychiatric system for years?
  • How far are we away from the general public realising that there are alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis?
  • If the PTMF takes off in a big way, will there still be a need for psychiatrists.

About Dr Lucy Johnstone

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 edition 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 latest book: A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis.


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