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Running time:
75 mins


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Presenter: Dr Lucy Johnstone (British Psychological Society, Clinical Psychology Division)

This webinar is a must for anyone who works in the helping or teaching professions and more generally for anyone who cares deeply about child and adult mental health and the alleviation of human suffering. Watching the webinar will bring attendees up-to-date with current advancements in helping people in distress, namely alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

Dr Johnstone explores the appeal of psychiatric diagnosis for some people, institutions and organisations but presents concerns about the medicalising of distress, about seeing patients with illnesses rather than people with problems. She presents the British Psychological Society’s (Clinical Psychology division) alternative to psychiatric diagnosis called The Power Threat Meaning Framework acclaimed by a huge number of psychiatrists and psychologists internationally. This is a trauma informed model showing how given the trauma history context of a person’s life and the meaning they gave to the bad things that happened, their mental health issues make perfect sense.   PTMF commonly uses psychological formulation, mentalisation and collaborative sense making in the hearing of people’s stories, backed by a mass of evidence based research showing how their effectiveness  in the alleviation of distress. 

Additionally, Dr Johnstone will focus on how can we help people who’ve been stuck in the psychiatric system for years, so many lives at a standstill for decades, with an endless cycle of medication and diagnosis and no one ever hearing their story, so there is no recovery process from the original trauma 

There will also be focus on medication and the need to be honest with people about what medication can and can’t do and the impact on mind, brain body with specific reference use of psychiatric drugs with children and young people.  

Benefits from attending 

  • Feel far more confident in the arguments for and against psychiatric diagnosis and medication for children teenagers and adults in distress. 
  • Hear about the power of trauma informed alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis 
  • Hear how ‘psychosis’ ‘schizophrenia’ ‘bipolar disorder’ manic behaviour are understood from a trauma informed perspective 
  • Understand why it is so healing to have someone hear your story and why it won’t cost the NHS to much do offer this 
  • Learn about the Power Threat Meaning Framework from one of its key originators 


About Dr Lucy Johnstone

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a UK clinical psychologist, trainer, speaker and writer, and a long-standing critic of biomedical model psychiatry. She has worked in adult mental health settings for many years, alternating with academic posts. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate, a highly regarded course which was based on a critical, politically-aware and service-user informed philosophy, along with an emphasis on personal development. Lucy has authored a number of books, (including ‘Users and Abusers of Psychiatry, 2nd edition 2000) articles and chapters on topics such as psychiatric diagnosis, formulation, the psychological effects of ECT, and the role of trauma in breakdown. Lucy was a contributor to the Division of Clinical Psychology ‘Position Statement on Classification’ 2013. She is currently convening a group of leading UK clinical psychologists and mental health experts who are working to develop an evidence-based and conceptually coherent alternative to the current diagnostic systems. Lucy’s latest book: A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis.