Michael Cornwall Speaks on Helping People in Extreme States with Loving Receptivity

“Michael Cornwall shares from his own lived experience of extreme states
and 35 years of serving people in extreme states as a therapist in
medication-free psychosis sanctuaries and in the community. Michael
addresses this way of being with people in extreme states at
conferences, graduate schools, workshops, and at Esalen Institute. 

Michael is an author at Mad in America (http://madinamerica.com). He can be contacted at his website, What is Madness? (http://michaelcornwall.com).
This video aired on 10/20/2014 in a workshop at the Alternatives
Conference led by Cardum Harmon and Dina Tyler of the Mandala Project.”

 

UKHRB event: The Future of Human Rights – 21 May 2014

UK Human Rights Blog

Freedman-Failing-to-Protect-webI am delighted to announce that the UK Human Rights Blog in association with Hurst Publishers and Berwin Leighton Paisner are organising a fascinating panel debate, chaired by me, on Wed 21 May 2014.  The panel is stellar.

It is a free event but places are strictly limited so you have to register here if you want to secure your place.

‘The Future of Human Rights’ on the occasion of the publication of Failing to Protect: the UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Dr Rosa Freedman
Date: Wednesday 21 May 2014
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Location: The Auditorium, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA (map)
Hurst Publishers, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and the UK Human Rights Blog are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Human Rights’ on the occasion of the publication of Failing to Protect: the UN and the Politicisation of…

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Learning from social reporting at #seeme14

See Me Now

see me Programme Director Judith Robertson reflects on the impact of the social reporting and social media work at last weeks event:

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As the dust begins to settle on #seeme14 at Dunblane Hydro, we have begun to analyse and reflect on our social media activity. From my perspective I would like to thank everyone who contributed online and helped build wider engagement with see me.

This event was the first time see me has attempted to reach out to people online and we were keen to see what support and interest there was for online engagement. From the number of tweets, retweets and blogs it’s clear that there is a big appetite for engagement by people involved with the programme and with people not present at the event.

Over the period from 31st March to today, close to 1500 tweets were sent using the #see me14 hashtag. They came from…

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The other side of the fence: Iatrogenic stigma.

“A professional colleague of mine recently wrote to me following a difficult experience: “I guess if we are to tackle stigma in mental health, we need to start closer to home in our colleagues”.  It is now a decade since the debate above took place and one is left wondering where we are now given campaigns to tackle stigma such as ‘Changing Minds,’ ‘See Me’ and ‘Time to Change’. Is the story of the last ten years a tale of ‘benign professional progress?’ Has our profession led us out into the light and free of the dark stain of stigma? Has the biological and genetic paradigm as the prevailing explanation of mental illness helped in this? Do we really have meaningful engagement with users, sufferers, patients, and carers? And if we start closer to home as my colleague suggested, are we more like Sartorius thought, guilty of iatrogenic stigma or more like Dr Smith suggested, unlikely to misuse diagnosis and stigmatise others?” Peter J Gordon

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This is an Editorial that I submitted to the British Journal of Psychiatry. It was rejected for the following reasons:

MS ID#: BJP/2012/115832

The strengths of this paper are:

  • It discusses an important set of issues ie how far psychiatric staff themselves contribute towards stigma

The limitations of the paper are:

  • It takes a rather anecdotal approach eg a colleague of mine recently wrote etc
  • The paper does not seek to examine the evidence that stigma more generally, or more specifically within the psychiatric profession, are getting better or worse
  • The paper tends to go over old ground somewhat eg in rehearsing definitions of stigma
  • The literature review is rather patchy ie citing the Angermeyer review on biological causal explanations of mental illness but not the recent Schomerus paper
  • The discussion is rather wide ranging eg referring to ‘herd instinct’ and Kierkergaard etc
  • There is a fairly substantial literature on mental…

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