This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness." As a discipline, mad studies seeks to challenge dominant understandings of "mental illness," rejecting the notion that the biomedical model of psychiatry is an accurate interpretation of human mental and emotional states. Mad studies offers a variety of alternative conceptualizations and approaches that point to the socially constructed nature of "mental illness" and elevate the voices of people with lived experience.

In this series, participants will be exposed to a variety of perspectives within the mad studies field, including Mad Pride, which embraces and celebrates the traits and states categorized as madness, as well as neurodiversity, which views mental and neurological differences as forms of human diversity, rather than disorders that need to be cured. Participants will learn how they can incorporate the ideas of mad studies into their practice as mental health providers.

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Posted by Dr Sue Wheatcroft on August 25, 2019 at 17:30 0 Comments

This is a blog I wrote for CLINKS in May 2019. The exact link appears at the bottom of this blog.

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Posted by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2019 at 11:16 0 Comments

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Posted by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2019 at 10:52 0 Comments

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Posted by Jill Anderson on May 1, 2019 at 7:52 0 Comments

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Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 0 Comments

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 All welcome! 

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Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 0 Comments

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The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…

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Posted by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 0 Comments

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