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PTM framework overview - Purchase or download

This Overview document developed and generously provided by the Clinical Division of the British Psychological Society distills the salient features of the PTM framework and presents its key ideas in a concise format.

About the PTM 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.

Own a copy of the overview for $25

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.                      

We have had frequent requests from people unable to attend the workshops for additional resources around the framework.      

Download a free copy of the Power Threat Meaning Framework Overview (138 Pages) below!



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