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The Power Threat Meaning Framework: Beyond Diagnosis to Meaning-based Patterns in Emotional Distress

13 November 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free and open to DCP members only. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 6 November

This event is open to DCP Members only.

Room OG 533
School of Psychology
Queens University Belfast
David Keir Bldg
18-30 Malone Rd

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The Power Threat Meaning Framework, launched on January 12th 2018 in London, is the result of a DCP –funded project to develop a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of mental health difficulties and distress. The project team, led by Lucy Johnstone and Mary Boyle, consists of leading clinical psychologists and service users/survivors. Over a period of 5 years the team developed an alternative approach to identifying patterns in distress that synthesises evidence about the causal roles of power, evolved threat responses, social discourses, and personal meanings and narratives. The Framework has attracted national and international interest, and is intended to provide the basis for an ongoing series of developments in clinical practice, peer support, service design and commissioning, professional training, research, and social policy.

Lucy Johnstone will outline the principles of the project, with an emphasis on how it can support and build on existing good practice in trauma-informed approaches and trauma-informed formulation. There will be an opportunity to think about how it might apply in practice.


Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology, 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. Lucy is an experienced conference speaker and lecturer, and currently works as an independent trainer. Her particular interest and expertise is in the use of psychological formulation, in both its individual and team versions, and in promoting trauma-informed practice.


This is a free event for members of The Division of Clinical Psychology only.

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