Beyond Individual Mental Health Pathology – The Power Threat Meaning Framework, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Changes are beginning to occur around the world as practitioner’s and governments count the mounting cost of the individual pathologizing medical model that dominates the mental health field. Under the current individual pathology model of mental distress instead of people and populations becoming healthier there has been an explosion of mental health problems.

The limits of the individual medical pathological model are now clearly evident. The Marmot review (Marmot, 2010) is quoted in the Five Year Forward plan for Mental Health (NHS England, 2016a) and contains the most explicit warnings about the human and economic cost of failing to act on health inequality, and the need to put wellbeing, not just economic growth, at the heart of policy (p.17):

  • It builds on the work of the WHO ‘Commission on social determinants of health’ (2008) which concluded that ‘the social inequalities in health arise because of inequalities in the conditions of daily life and the fundamental drivers that gave rise to them: inequities in power, money and resources’.
  • The Executive Summary’s blunt summary is that ‘Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale’.

Beyond Pathology – The Power Threat Meaning Framework

a. Is an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis is about equipping workers throughout the mental, community and allied health sectors with changes that will unfold throughout the 21st Century. The course addresses the failure of the current individual pathology medical model of mental illness, and proposes a ‘to support work, in conjunction with service users, on developing a multi-factorial and contextual approach, which incorporates social, psychological and biological factors’, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
b. Thie course aims to prepare and support workers in advocating for and in implementing these coming changes.
c. It will empower workers with a clear alternative framework that they can immediately begin to implement in order to help stem the growing tide and cost of mental health problems in the community.
d. And will make a positive difference for clients, groups and the broader society by actively preparing them with a clear position and direction for the changes that are needed.

Who should attend?

Psychologists, counsellors, social workers, youth workers and their supervisors and managers.