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Exploring Identities of Psychiatric Survivor Therapists

Beyond Us and Them

  • Discusses the dichotomy between being both a psychiatric survivor and mental health professional

  • Advocates for the Psychiatric Survivor Movement

  • Argues for a stronger dialogue between psychiatric survivors and mental health professionals to create a new approach to help-seeking

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 1-31
  3. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 33-53
  4. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 55-76
  5. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 77-111
  6. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 113-140
  7. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 141-171
  8. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 173-197
  9. Alexandra L. Adame, Matthew Morsey, Ronald Bassman, Kristina Yates
    Pages 199-228
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 229-235

About this book

Introduction

This book is about people that are uniquely situated between the realms of activism, within the Psychiatric Survivor Movement, and their careers as mental health professionals. It focuses on the co-authors’ navigation and juxtaposition of the roles of psychiatric survivor, mental health professional, and activist.

Psychiatric Survivors is an international movement advocating for human rights in mental health systems and supporting humane and effective alternative options to mainstream practice for help-seeking.

Drawing on past research as well as the co-authors’ own experiences, the volume explores identities of people who identify as both psychiatric survivors and mental health professionals, discussing the potential for further dialogue between psychiatric survivors and mental health professionals to create humane and person-centred communities of healing. This book is specifically targeted for practicing psychotherapists and graduate students, to gain new insight into the Psychiatric Survivor Movement and to appreciate the value of lived experience and of psychiatric survivors’ efforts shaping the future of mental health care.   

Keywords

mental health professionals psychiatric survivors psychologists psychiatrists advocacy therapists identity survivor movement psychiatric survivor movement self-disclosure self-determination Consumer Movement National Advocacy Efforts in mental health Hearing Voices Network

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Private PracticeBoulderUSA
  4. 4.RetiredOaklandUSA

About the authors

Alexandra L. Adame is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Seattle University, USA.  As a qualitative researcher, she has written about the Psychiatric Survivor Movement and existential approaches to psychology.      

Ronald Bassman was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20s. He is now a licensed psychologist. He is the current chair of The Community Consortium, an organization that promotes civil and human rights of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Matthew Morsey is a psychotherapist in full time private practice. He has spent the last two decades promoting and providing alternatives to the medical model and organizing conferences, workshops, and protests within the Psychiatric Survivor Movement.

Kristina Yates is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist. After surviving forced electroshock treatment, she has been a mental health activist with MindFreedom International and has published in anthologies such as Beyond Bedlam: Contemporary Women Psychiatric Survivors Speak Out.

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