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

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?

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

Café Psych: Nostalgia – does looking back stop us moving forward?

The next Café Psychologique Sydney will take place on Wednesday 29th August at the Horse, Surry Hills. We'll be considering our relationship to the past and what impact it can have on our lives now and in the future. Please check out the link below for more information and to register. I look forward to … Continue reading Café Psych: Nostalgia – does looking back stop us moving forward?

Café Psych: What does it mean to have a good life?

There are different ideas about how we should live our life and what might make a life fulfilling. For some people, this might be working towards a 'dream' that they've always had and for others it might be about living by their values or religious beliefs. At the next Café Psychologique we will be considering … Continue reading Café Psych: What does it mean to have a good life?