On the topic of new approaches…

Congratulations to Pat McGorry on his appearance on the ABC’s One Plus One in the last week. The whole programme can be watched on line, as well as the audience Q&A at this link. http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/programs/one-plus-one/

I hope that we can contribute to what Pat and his colleagues call the agenda of "transformational reform", especially with the need I see on a daily basis for staff in public mental health services to be exposed to new (to most them…) psychological and social tools they can use along with the traditional medical approaches.

Most tragically, there are so many of us with some of those tools working in services that not only don’t give an opportunity for their application, but often actively discourage them – as I was told on my first day working in a community mental health service, "We don’t do psychotherapy…’

Pat also gives abroad overview of his views of diagnosis and treatment practices in psychiatry as reductionist, and therefore inadequate in this presentation for ABC’s Catalyst programme last year: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3604054.htm

Here is the description of one psychologist’s journey after hearing of the recovery one voice hearer (and reading between the lines, it seems like our own Debra Lampshire was the inspiration). https://theconversation.com/beyond-madness-a-modern-approach-to-hearing-voices-14720

"Contrary to this widespread myth about schizophrenia, the research is quite robust in showing us that not only is full medication-free recovery from schizophrenia possible, it’s surprisingly common, and is actually the most common outcome in many situations."

"…a group of five factors that emerged which are considered to have been the most important factors in my participants’ recovery process."
Read more here http://brainblogger.com/2012/05/29/full-recovery-from-schizophrenia/

This blog offers guidelines for support of people experiencing psychiatric crises in a private home – and some of these would be very usefully implemented within services, I think: http://beyondmeds.com/2013/07/11/providing-sanctuary-alternative-to-hospitalization-in-community/

"In these days with limited access to mental health facilities, and when in-patient or out patient treatment might be focused on invasive treatments and not on recovery, you may be tempted to “provide sanctuary” for a friend or family member who is experiencing serious mental health challenges. Many of you have probably already done this.

Great Blog from Jacqui Dillon (Chair of the UK Hearing Voices Network) entitled “I blamed myself” – how childhood trauma can impact on women’s homelessness. http://rebuildingshatteredlives.org/jacquis-blog/

Best Wishes
Philip Benjamin
MHN BEd MMind&Soc
on behalf of ISPS Australia
www.isps.orgThe whole programme and audience Q&A

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