Psychologists provide talking solutions to difficult problems. Surely that means we’re nice people, right?
We hold boundaries, we show compassionate care, and we don’t force people to access the ‘treatment’ we offer. We have strong ethical positions.
All these should protect us from the influence of political agendas.
We are not apolitical though.
We are influenced by funding streams, ideologies, leadership strategies, the desire to present ourselves as a viable alternative to more restrictive approaches to mental health care.
In addition to this, many of us get paid through government funds via health, social care, and ministry of justice money.
Consequently, we are part of ‘the machine’, and our decisions are affected by Political and political agendas.
How does this affect the work we do and the decisions we make along the way? Are we independent and objective, or puppets of a capitalist oppressor?
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Dr Stephen Weatherhead is a Clinical Psychologist, Senior Academic and Clinical Tutor with the Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Liverpool.
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