Power Threat Meaning Framework

Brief response to queries about the new All Wales Psychiatric Genomics Service

This article by Jonathan Gadsby has been published by the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network. It begins: “Thank you to all those who have been in touch about this. It would be wrong to say that the Critical Mental Health Nurses’…
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Investigation into Alternatives to Psychiatric Diagnosis

This doctoral thesis comes from Jade Varney and has been published on the website of Canterbury Christ Church University. It includes: A review of alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis: “The first part of the review explored what the literature suggests should be…
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Are you mentally ill, or very unhappy? Psychiatrists can’t agree

This article by Sophie McBain has been published in The New Statesman. It begins: “One afternoon in December 2004, Samantha* left her house in northern England and walked to the nearby river. She tried not to think about her five young…
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A Straight Talking Introduction To The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An Alternative To Psychiatric Diagnosis

This book has been written by Mary Boyle and Lucy Johnstone. The publishers say: “The current mainstream way of describing psychological and emotional distress assumes it is the result of medical illnesses that need diagnosing and treating. This book summarises a…
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Crossing Cultures with the Power Threat Meaning Framework – New Zealand

“This is the first of two blogs about my invited tour of New Zealand and Australia with the Power Threat Meaning Framework (joined by contributing author John Cromby in Australia).  The PTMF is an ambitious attempt to outline a conceptual…
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Power Threat Meaning Framework: a slideshow presentation

On January 18th 2018, in London, the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) publicly launched the Power Threat Meaning (PTM) Framework … the culmination of a five year project. The framework is subtitled: “Towards the identification of patterns…
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Are kindly and efficacious mental health services possible?

Prof. David Pilgrim writes (in the Journal of Mental Health ): “The above question was explored by Peter Sedgwick in his classic text PsychoPolitics at the very moment when ‘anti-psychiatry’ was giving way to ‘critical psychiatry’ and the emergence of a New Social Movement…
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