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Workshops – Power Threat Meaning Framework is coming to Australia

Power Threat Meaning Framework

Join us to explore this ground-breaking new conceptual framework for psychological and emotional distress. One-day workshops presenting the Framework will be delivered in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne by UK speakers Dr. Lucy Johnstone, lead author, and one of the co-authors, Professor John Cromby. A two-day workshop is being hosted in Adelaide by ISPS Australia 

What is the Power Threat Meaning Framework?

The Power Threat Meaning Framework was published in January 2018 by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. Jointly produced by a core team of psychologists and service users, it is an ambitious attempt to outline a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of distress and unusual experiences. It has been welcomed as a basis for a much-needed paradigm shift away from existing medical understandings and is already influential within and beyond services in the UK.

What does the Framework say?

The Power Threat Meaning Framework integrates evidence about the causal roles of power, responses to evolved threat responses, social norms and assumptions, and personal meanings and narratives. It supports and extends existing trauma-informed and non-diagnostic approaches. 

The Framework aims to restore the links between personal distress and social injustice and inequality, and can be used to help people to create more hopeful narratives about their lives and difficulties. 

It encourages respect for the many ways in which distress is experienced, expressed and healed across the globe. It applies not just to people who have been in contact with the mental health or criminal justice systems, but to all of us - individuals, families, social groups and communities. 

Who will benefit from attending?

The Framework is intended to provide the basis for an ongoing series of developments in clinical practice, service design and commissioning, training, research, service user/carer/survivor work, and public education. It is suitable for:

·         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 the Framework and help build a more hopeful future for us all.

P.S. Should you be interested in Dr. Lucy Johnstone’s book Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Making sense of people's problems you can purchase a hard copy or a kindle version by clicking the link.

Dr.Lucy Johnstone’s book Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice can also be purchased by clicking the link.


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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