How do traumatic events in early life affect you in later years? And how can you best heal from them?
Why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in the 1960s, to around 370 today? Who benefits from this?
What does the latest psychological research reveal about the link between meaning in life and emotional wellbeing?
These are just some of the topics the speakers will discuss at ‘A Day on Wellbeing’ this month.
In this series of talks, you’ll learn:
- The Psychology of Trauma – Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis? Or should we be asking not: “What is wrong with you?” but rather: “What has happened to you?”
- Big Pharma & Psychiatry: Exposed – why psychiatry is such big business, and why, on the whole, it may be doing more harm than good
- Meaning & Mental Health – the real causes of the largest mental health crisis in human history, and how meaning-centred approaches may offer a solution.
Ahead of the event, each speaker has recommended some books to help attendees prepare for their lectures.
In this post, we cover their top picks.
Psychiatry & Big Pharma: Exposed – Dr James Davies, PhD
Dr James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a DPhil in Social and Medical Anthropology.
He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton and a practicing psychotherapist. James has delivered lectures at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Oslo, Brown, UCL and Columbia.
He has written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian and Salon, and is author of the bestselling book: Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good.
James is the co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence. His latest book: ‘Mental Health Crisis’ will be published later this year.
- Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good – Dr James Davies
- The Sedated Society – Dr James Davies
- Crazy Like Us – Ethan Watters
- Anatomy of an Epidemic – Robert Whitaker
Meaning & Mental Health – Dr Joel Vos, PhD
Dr Joel Vos, PhD, CPsychol (www.joelvos.com) is psychologist and philosopher. He is deputy course leader of the professional doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. He also works as lecturer and chair of the Meaningful Living Research Group at the Metanoia Institute London.
Joel is director of the internet platform Meaning Online and is chair of the successful IMEC International Meaning Conferences London (www.meaning.org.uk) the next of which will be held 12-14 July 2019. Joel has over 70 scientific publications to his name, including the books ‘Meaning in Life: an Evidence-Based Handbook for Practitioners’ (Palgrave McMillan) and ‘Fifty Pictures of Living a Meaningful Life’ (amazon.co.uk). His latest book, ‘Mental Health in Crisis’, will be published later this year.
- Meaning in Life: An Evidence Based Handbook for Practitioners – Dr Joel Vos
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
The Psychology of Trauma – Dr Lucy Johnstone, PhD
Dr Lucy Johnstone, CPsychol, 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, articles and chapters on topics such as psychiatric diagnosis, formulation, the psychological effects of ECT, and the role of trauma in breakdown. She was a contributor to the Division of Clinical Psychology ‘Position Statement on Classification’ 2013.
Lucy has spent over five years working alongside a team of the UK’s leading psychologists to develop ‘The Power Threat Meaning Framework’, which offers an alternative to more traditional models of psychiatric diagnoses, and a new perspective on why people experience mental distress.
Her latest book: A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis was published in 2014. You can follow Lucy on twitter @ClinpsychLucy.
- A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis – Dr Lucy Johnstone
- Users and Abusers of Psychiatry – Dr Lucy Johnstone
- Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy – Dr Lucy Johnstone
For more information on the event and a full breakdown of the talks, please see the event page.