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What is the framework about?

Meet the presenters

Meet the presenters


“The whole event was fantastic - great presentations, panel discussion and really useful to have the guidance to take away..”


“I loved the hope and passion and also vision of the presenters”


“So fantastic to hear the ideas I have been learning about for years finally put into a framework - will hopefully make it more accessible for so many others.”


Workshops – Power Threat Meaning Framework – in Australia for the very first time!

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This framework:


·         aims to restore the links between personal distress and social injustice and inequality

·         acknowledges the power of lived experience, including trauma and adversity

·          can help people create more hopeful narratives about their lives and difficulties. 

·         fosters respect for the many ways in which distress is experienced, expressed and healed across the globe.

Jointly developed by psychologists and people using services, Power Threat Meaning offers a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis. It has been welcomed as a radically new approach to understanding psychological and emotional distress and unusual experiences.

Watch, hear and learn from Dr. Lucy Johnstone, lead author, and co-author, Professor John Cromby (meet the presenters) in one-day workshops in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. A two-day workshop is being hosted in Adelaide by ISPS Australia 

What is the Power Threat Meaning Framework?

The Power Threat Meaning Framework supports and extends existing trauma-informed and non-diagnostic approaches. It provides a basis for a much-needed paradigm shift away from existing medical understandings. Published in January 2018 by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society, and developed over five years, it is already influential within and beyond services in the UK.

What is the basis for the Framework?


The framework summarises and integrates a lot of evidence about the role of various kinds of power in people’s lives, the kinds of threat that misuse of power pose, the ways we respond to those threats (evolved threat responses, social norms and assumptions) and how we have made sense of our responses to threat (meaning making and narratives).


To whom is the framework relevant?


The framework applies not just to people who have been in contact with the mental health or criminal justice systems. It applies to all of us - individuals, families, social groups and communities. 

Who should attend?

·         People working clinically or in supportive role across sectors

·         Peer workers

·         Service users and members of public

·         Researchers, academics – social policy and justice, and service design

Participants will:

·         Understand the core principles of the Power Threat Meaning Framework

·         Understand the context within which the Framework has emerged, and its implications within and beyond clinical services

·         Have an opportunity to practice applying the Framework ideas

·         Be provided with access to relevant documents and resources 


Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about this ground-breaking Framework and help build a more hopeful future for us all.

Download a copy of PTM guided discussion here

**Registration Fee is $385 and includes a copy of The Power Threat Meaning Framework Overview (138 pages).**

Workshop Dates and Locations


  25 Feb 


  University of Technology Sydney – Aerial Function Centre    
Level 7, Building 10, 235 Jones St, Ultimo 

 Eventbrite - Workshop - Power Threat Meaning (Sydney) 


  28 Feb

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Merivale St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane

 Eventbrite - Workshop - Power Threat Meaning (Brisbane)


   7 Mar

Bayview Eden Melbourne 
6 Queens Road, Melbourne

 Eventbrite - Workshop - Power Threat Meaning (Melbourne)


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