Power Threat Meaning Framework: Beyond Diagnosis to Meaning-based Patterns in Emotional Distress

January 12th 2018 sees a launch event in London – see here for details – marking the publication of the Power Threat Meaning Framework: Beyond Diagnosis to Meaning-based Patterns in Emotional Distress.

The event has been organised by the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) of the British Psychological Society and marks the publication of a DCP–funded project to construct a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of mental health difficulties and distress.

Over a period of 5 years the project team has developed an alternative approach to identifying patterns in distress. The Power Threat Meaning Framework synthesises evidence about the causal roles of power, evolved threat responses, social discourses, and personal meanings and narratives. It is intended to provide the basis for an ongoing series of developments in clinical practice, service design and commissioning, training, research, service user/carer/survivor work, and public education.

Power Threat Meaning Framework:

  • ‘What has happened to you?’ (How is Power operating in your life?)
  • ‘How did it affect you?’ (What kind of Threats does this pose?)
  • ‘What sense did you make of it?’ (What is the Meaning of these experiences to you?)
  • ‘What did you have to do to survive?’ (What kinds of Threat Response are you using?)

You can view all the slides from the launch-day presentation here.

You can access Frequently Asked Questions, the PTM documents and related videos and resources here.

And this radio interview with Dr. Lucy Johnstone (one of the PTM framework’s lead authors) outlines the framework in a perhaps more accessible way.

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