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Publication of the Power Threat Meaning Framework: Beyond Diagnosis to Meaning-based Patterns in Emotional Distress

12 January 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free and open to both BPS members and to the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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The day marks the publication of a DCP –funded project to construct a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of mental health difficulties and distress. Over a period of 5 years the project team has developed an alternative approach to identifying patterns in distress. The Power Threat Meaning Framework synthesises evidence about the causal roles of power, evolved threat responses, social discourses, and personal meanings and narratives. It 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. The members of the project team (Lucy Johnstone, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, Jacqui Dillon, Dave Harper, Peter Kinderman, Eleanor Longden, David Pilgrim and John Read) will describe the project’s principles. Attenders will be invited to practise applying some of the ideas and to think about how they might wish to take the Framework forward in their own contexts. 

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Friends House,
173-177 Euston Road,
Kings Cross,

Event Location: 


09:00 Coffee and registration

Outline of the Framework: part 1 

11:15 Break

Outline of the Framework: part 2 

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Discussion and trying it out 
15:20 Tea

Comments and feedback 


Final summary and next steps

17:00 Close


Registration information 

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