AD4E is coming to Wolverhampton!
Contributors confirmed so far include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Prof Peter Kinderman, Dr Akima Thomas, Matt Ball, Sally-Ann, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney
This day is for anyone who is interested in and concerned about the current debates in 'mental health.'
It provides a space to explore the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model and the narrative of 'diagnosis and disorder!'
Attendees from past AD4E events have included people who identify as the following :-
people with lived experience of emotional distress, supporters of people with lived experience, survivors, psychologists, journalists, activists, counsellors & psychotherapists, service users, service refusers, students & trainees, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, managers, academics, researchers, and individuals with a general personal interest.
About the day
The event features not just professionals but people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an essential contribution to make to the debate.
Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery. In the morning Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning. In the afternoon Lucy will introduce participants to the Power Threat Meaning Framework