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CPD Session - Dr James Davies Workshops

Session 1:   Wednesday May 4th, 5pm — 7pm 

This two-hour workshop will explore the 'Making of Mental Illness: DSM's construction and the pros and cons of psychiatric diagnosis'. 

It will explore why, without solid scientific justification, the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952, to around 370 today. We will explore how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was actually written, drawing on interviews with its writers and archival material. Did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less-scientific and unexpected processes at play?  

The second part of this workshop explores how non-medicalised language can be used to describe the diverse forms emotional suffering can take. Has the medical model enjoyed its heyday? Do we really need psychiatric diagnosis? If not, what can replace it? This workshop will invite discussion and exploration of these vital issues, including the pros and cons of psychiatric diagnosis. 

Metanoia Students: £10 

Metanoia Members: £20 

Non-Members:£30  

Session 2:   Wednesday May 18th, 5pm — 7pm 

The second session will explore how overmedicalisation has led to widespread ‘phramaceuticalisation’ – to the over-prescribing psychiatric drugs. I will focus on antidepressants in particular, exploring their efficacy, safety and withdrawal effects. Discussion will revolve around the role of antidepressants in therapy. 

Metanoia Students: £10 

Metanoia Members: £20 

Non-Members:£30  

Session 3:   Wednesday June 1st, 5pm — 7pm 

The third session will explore the anthropology of emotional suffering – what concept of suffering has come to dominate in the contemporary west and how does that concept differ historically from previous ideas and those still dominating non-western societies? How we frame distress has huge implication for how it is understood and managed.  We will also critically explore the many implications of the globalisation of western mental health tropes and ideas. 

Metanoia Students: £10 

Metanoia Members: £20 

Non-Members:£30  

Session 4:   Wednesday  June 8th, 5pm — 7pm 

Session Four will explore the political economy of mental health. Why has the medical model dominated for 40 years despite presiding over a period of poor outcomes? I would explore how our current system has thrived by accommodating the needs of the economy at the expense of providing safe and effective care. By sedating people to the causes and solutions for their socially rooted distress – both literally and ideologically – our mental health sector has stilled the impulse for social reform, which has distracted people from the real origins of their despair, and has favoured results that are primarily economic while presiding over the worst outcomes in our health care system”. The discussion will revolve around the depoliticising effect of psychiatric diagnosis.  

Metanoia Students: £10 

Metanoia Members: £20 

Non-Members:£30  

 

TARGET GROUPS:  Trainees and graduates 

These sessions will be delivered by Zoom.  

In the week prior to the event, we will email all participants the Zoom registration details.  

 

Please note that the fee is non-refundable

To book your place on this workshop click here

 

Dr James Davies 

Graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a PhD in social and medical anthropology. He is now a Reader in social anthropology and mental health at the University of Roehampton. 

James is also a psychotherapist, who started working for the NHS in 2004. He is the co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP), which is secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence. 

James is the author of the bestselling book Cracked, and the more recent Sedated: why Capitalism caused or mental health crisis. Other than Cracked and Sedated, James has published four academic books with presses such as Stanford University Press, Karnac Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge. He has spoken about his research internationally, including at the universities of Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Brown, UCL, Oslo, Columbia (New York), The New School (New York), and CUNY Graduate Centre (New York). 

James has also written for the media. His articles have appeared in The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Therapy Today, Mad in America and Salon. He has spoken on BBC Radio 4 (The Today Programme & PM), Sky News, BBC World News, BBC World Service, LBC, ITV’s This Morning , News night and various national and local radio stations. He has also extensively consulted for the BBC. ITV. and other media outlets on matters pertaining to mental health.