Healing and Self-Determination

  • Alexandra L. Adame
  • Matthew Morsey
  • Ronald Bassman
  • Kristina Yates


In this chapter, the authors present their perspectives about the meanings that healing and self-determination hold in their clinical practice, advocacy work, and personal lives. The right to self-determination is an important value of the psychiatric survivor movement, and in this chapter, we explore related topics of choice, empowerment, and self-definition in relation to the psychiatric survivor movement as well as our own healing journeys. This chapter also explores the role that relationships and community play in our conceptions of healing and how these notions are in accord with past research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra L. Adame
    • 1
  • Matthew Morsey
    • 2
  • Ronald Bassman
    • 3
  • Kristina Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Private PracticeBoulderUSA
  4. 4.RetiredOaklandUSA

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