Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?

The meaning of life has been debated throughout history from different philosophical and religious perspectives but what about the meaning of death? The topic is somewhat taboo in modern western societies and talking about death can be met with resistance and fear. However, we fundamentally cannot separate life from death as they (along with taxes) … Continue reading Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?

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

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

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