Authors: Pat Bracken
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Book of Proceedings, Keynote, psychiatry, recommended, recovery approach, service user movement, consumer movement, critical psychiatry
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Across the world mental health services are attempting to adopt a recovery approach as their guiding philosophy. This has emerged from the ranks of the service-user (consumer) movement. While professionals and their organisations are increasingly expressing support for this approach, I will argue that unless professionals are able to embrace critical reflection on their assumptions, values and practices, their engagement with the recovery approach will be superficial at best and tokenistic at worst. In this talk I will explore the nature of critical thought and seek to map the 5 dimensions of Critical Psychiatry. I will present this as a positive, and necessary, force for change and transformation.