posted on January 08, 2019 12:50
The Power Threat Meaning Framework is a radically new approach to understanding distress and unusual experiences without using psychiatric diagnosis. Very few people are offered this information, or encouraged to make a choice about how they understand their distress.
They are not told that the dominant explanation — in other words, that they are suffering from ‘mental illnesses’ which need to be diagnosed and medicated — is only one viewpoint, which not all professionals agree with.
The Framework was produced jointly with users of services who have decided to leave the medical viewpoint behind, and as a result, have been able to take up lives that are fulfilling and meaningful, even if they still have difficulties.
One of the main aims of the Framework is to offer everyone a way of creating new, more hopeful narratives or stories about their lives and the problems they may have faced or still be facing, instead of seeing themselves as blameworthy, weak, flawed, or ‘mentally ill’.
This can suggest new ways forward, sometimes working alongside professionals and sometimes through self help or peer support.
The workshops will explain how the key questions in the Framework can be used to explore these stories. Attendees from all backgrounds are welcome.
**This article was written by guest author, Dr. Lucy Johnstone, lead author of the Power Threat Meaning Framework and has been republished here. The observations made are those of the author.**
You can register for Power Threat Meaning Framework workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane here.