From Difference to Dialogue

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


In this chapter, the authors address the challenging issue of dialogue across often-divergent perspectives in mental healthcare. The psychiatric survivor movement has historically been critical of the practices and discourse of the mental health system, and in turn, many professionals have been dismissive or defensive around such feedback. However, this chapter explores some recent effort to break through these impasses and how all sides can benefit from the creation of a more humane, respectful, and empowering model of mental health. This chapter also describes some alternatives to traditional services, such as The Hearing Voices Network, and describe how such organizations promote new ways of thinking about the nature of human experience that are largely in accord with the values of the psychiatric survivor movement.


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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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