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DxSummit Concludes, but Conversations about the Future of Mental Health Continue

Dear Participants of the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives (GSDA):   Thank you for your participation in GSDA. At this time, the summit has run its course, having generated many new initiatives and having fostered a conversation that will no doubt continue in other professional venues for quite some time. As for , we have...
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Power, responsibility, and blame within models of psychological distress

When we face difficulties or are in distress we need to be able to make sense of how we feel. What ideas are available to us? What ideas do those offering to help us suggest? How do these ideas shape the relationship between helper and helped? To what extent do they empower us to...
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Cultural Issues

Using Ethical Guidelines to Effectively Challenge Over-prescribing Psychotropics for Children

In all countries there will be ethical and professional guidelines that support a psychologist or any mental health worker’s ability to professionally challenge practice that they have major concerns about to better safeguard the children with whom they jointly work. In the psychologists as members of the Health Care Professions Council have, we...
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International Summit to Develop New Approaches to Mental Health Diagnosis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Society for Humanistic Psychology, a Division of the American Psychological Association GLOBAL SUMMIT ON DIAGNOSTIC ALTERNATIVES ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH Washington, , July 23, 2014 – In the wake of major criticisms of the current approaches to mental health diagnosis, an international summit of experts is convening to explore more humane ways...
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Cultural Issues

The Case of Tina and Bruce: An Introduction

I will start my recent post by presenting two clinical examples. Names are changed to maintain anonymity. The client (Tina) enters the room to discuss her anxiety, inability to concentrate, and an overwhelming feeling that others continue to speak ill of her. These symptoms contribute to constant behavioral impediments and cognitive dysfunction. As she...
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In-person Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives

The Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives (GSDA) is an online, ongoing platform for rethinking mental health. Two days prior to the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Washington, , GSDA will host an in-person meeting of 20 to 25 researchers and practitioners in order to address alternatives to the current diagnostic paradigm and...
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Cultural Issues

The Normalization of Difference in Our Children

How in a Progressive Society we use this to Minimize the Excessive and Erroneous Diagnostic Labeling of Childhood Behaviors. A starting point for all my professional involvements with children to help engage them positively in the process, is what I call the Normalising Conversation. This is an ongoing process which one revisits and develops each...
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