Monthly Archives: July 2013

The long-term effects of child sexual abuse – CFCA webinar – Child Family Community Australia

Referring to her current paper, Judith Cashmore presents this webinar a week from now: The long-term effects of child sexual abuse – CFCA webinar – Child Family Community Australia.

‘Don’t Call Me Crazy, Call Me Mad’

Schizophrenia Research Forum:

Schizophrenia Research Forum:.

“This was a fantastic, ground-breaking group of presentations by persons in recovery from schizophrenia. I believe this may have been the first time there has been a program consisting of presentations by schizophrenia patients at the ICOSR meeting. Perhaps it could have been better highlighted in the program. It seemed to me that many of the attendees did not know about the program until after it had been presented.”

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On the topic of new approaches…

Congratulations to Pat McGorry on his appearance on the ABC’s One Plus One in the last week. The whole programme can be watched on line, as well as the audience Q&A at this link.

I hope that we can contribute to what Pat and his colleagues call the agenda of "transformational reform", especially with the need I see on a daily basis for staff in public mental health services to be exposed to new (to most them…) psychological and social tools they can use along with the traditional medical approaches.

Most tragically, there are so many of us with some of those tools working in services that not only don’t give an opportunity for their application, but often actively discourage them – as I was told on my first day working in a community mental health service, "We don’t do psychotherapy…’

Pat also gives abroad overview of his views of diagnosis and treatment practices in psychiatry as reductionist, and therefore inadequate in this presentation for ABC’s Catalyst programme last year:

Here is the description of one psychologist’s journey after hearing of the recovery one voice hearer (and reading between the lines, it seems like our own Debra Lampshire was the inspiration).

"Contrary to this widespread myth about schizophrenia, the research is quite robust in showing us that not only is full medication-free recovery from schizophrenia possible, it’s surprisingly common, and is actually the most common outcome in many situations."

"…a group of five factors that emerged which are considered to have been the most important factors in my participants’ recovery process."
Read more here

This blog offers guidelines for support of people experiencing psychiatric crises in a private home – and some of these would be very usefully implemented within services, I think:

"In these days with limited access to mental health facilities, and when in-patient or out patient treatment might be focused on invasive treatments and not on recovery, you may be tempted to “provide sanctuary” for a friend or family member who is experiencing serious mental health challenges. Many of you have probably already done this.

Great Blog from Jacqui Dillon (Chair of the UK Hearing Voices Network) entitled “I blamed myself” – how childhood trauma can impact on women’s homelessness.

Best Wishes
Philip Benjamin
MHN BEd MMind&Soc
on behalf of ISPS Australia
www.isps.orgThe whole programme and audience Q&A

Hearing Voices groups in London Prisons video & Schizophrenia Days 2013 in Norway

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Greenwich-based help for young people who hear voices like Gandhi did (From News Shopper)

Greenwich-based help for young people who hear voices like Gandhi did (From News Shopper).

Training opportunities in Recovery Practice – Hearing Voices Approach

I just want to set the tone for this compilation with reference to an article from BMC Biology by Corvin (2011), Two patients walk into a clinic…a genomics perspective on the future of schizophrenia, which comes to some very odd conclusions (from my point of view) but begins very interestingly:

"In 2011, two people meet in a psychiatrist’s waiting room. To the untrained eye they have little in common.
Patient A has a history of brief psychotic episodes characterized by persecutory delusions and auditory hallucinations. She is married, with a good job and has been asymptomatic since starting medication three years before.
Patient B is slow and unreactive in his responses, communicates poorly, has poor hygiene and is suspicious of other people. He believes that aliens have implanted a device in his head that controls his thoughts, feelings and actions. He hears them talking about him and commenting on his behavior. He has spent much of the last three years in hospital and has few remaining social contacts.
Despite the obvious differences in symptomatology and illness course, their treating psychiatrist has diagnosed them both with schizophrenia, prescribes them the same medication and enrolls them as participants in a research study of schizophrenia…"

In Australia…

Society for Psychotherapy Research 44th International Conference

Brisbane, 10-13 July

Note that the UK Chapter Conference is on 12-14 September, in Oxford – see website above for details