Alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis

On Monday 25th Feb, I attended the Power Threat Meaning (PTM) Framework workshop in Sydney, which was hosted by the Blue Knot Foundation. The workshop was presented by Lucy Johnstone and John Cromby, two of the authors that produced the document. The PTM Framework provides an alternative to psychiatric diagnosis (typically found in the DSM-IV and ICD-11). The first part … Continue reading Alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis

Systemic Practice in Inpatient Psychiatry

Working with ideas from systemic psychotherapy can be challenging in medicalised contexts where the emphasis is on 'illnesses' which are said to exist within an individual. Such systems can often obscure the power dynamics which impact on an individuals experience of distress. During my work in an inpatient psychiatry service I was able to consider … Continue reading Systemic Practice in Inpatient Psychiatry

Café Psych: Monogamy – essential or outdated?

Last night the first Café Psychologique Sydney of 2019 saw the largest turn-out yet with a number first-timers. As always, it was incredible to hear people's perspective and experiences on Monogamy and the associated topics. I'm looking forward to the next two café's which will focus on appearance, in February, and Toxic Femininity, in March. … Continue reading Café Psych: Monogamy – essential or outdated?

Café Psych: Free speech – who has the right?

On Wednesday 28th November the final Café Psychologique of 2018 focused on free speech. It was a valuable discussion with a number of thought-provoking ideas and exchanges. This was our thirteenth café and we have some exciting topics planed for 2019, beginning with Monogamy on Wednesday 30th January. Please keep updated with these events through … Continue reading Café Psych: Free speech – who has the right?

Cut the crap: working towards authenticity in mental health services

Yesterday I was due to present at The Alfred in Melbourne about how we can work authentically in mental health services. Storms and strong winds meant that my flight was cancelled so the talk is postponed until 2019. Preparing for this talk I considerd the work of Charles Guignon whose thesis is that we can … Continue reading Cut the crap: working towards authenticity in mental health services

Café Psych: The Power of Stories

At this month's Café Psychologique Sydney we will be joined by professional storyteller Jo Henwood to consider 'The Power of Stories'. Come along and join in the conversation where we'll be considering a range of ideas and questions about the importance of stories in our lives. 7-9pm at The Horse, Surry Hills, 381 Crown Street, 2010, … Continue reading Café Psych: The Power of Stories

AAFT Conference Sydney 11/12th October

My application to present at the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) Conference  has been accepted. I will be presenting on Thursday 11th October from 2.15-3.00pm on 'Community psychology and everyday psychological practice'. Below is the abstract for my presentation: Reliance on the medical-model of 'mental illness' typically hides social adversity that is often at … Continue reading AAFT Conference Sydney 11/12th October