It's time we look at "psychosis" in a new way and manage what we have called "symptoms" in a more effective way. We have to acknowledge that antipsychotics are no longer the best treatment--We share other options. You will receive access to a select group of videos, brief articles and websites that will introduce you to the current thinking about psychosis: what causes it (it usually emerges out of life trauma), and what those who are suffering need (people in this extreme state need caring attention, above all else). The course includes a complete free book to download: "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia" as well as contacts to find professional assistance and recent research.
Director of Integrative Mental Health University (IMHU). Licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist in 1988--now a teacher and coach at IMHU.org and onsite. Author of 6 quite serious books and an amusing and informative booklet that pokes fun at the new Bible of Psychiatry, the DSM-5. Emma has been deeply involved in bridging spirituality and mental health since 1966. She lives in VT, USA. EmmaBragdon.com
About this Course
Psychosis: What is it?
Meet seasoned professionals who share perspectives gained after years of experience. Gain insight into your own beliefs about psychosis, too! This will assist you to recognize how your ideas change through this course.
Section One provides an overview defines psychosis through the eyes of some transformative, articulate, progressive psychiatrists and psychologists. We consider how we have formerly looked at the manifestations of extreme states as a mental "illness" and shunned those who have the "illness"--this resulting in stigma. We highlight the fact that what has been labeled as "psychosis" is now considered as a very human response to trauma and overwhelming conditions--perhaps not an illness at all!
Next, you will hear from someone who experienced psychosis, lived through it, transcended the problems, and went on to become a psychologist. Her presentation helps to put hearing voices in a new context. This second section also gives practical advice for treatment.
Your take home: a new, more humane, way of looking at the extreme state we have called "psychosis" and ways of managing this extreme state that are natural and can be so effective they replace the need for pharmaceuticals.
The Vids: There are unique video interviews in this course. A man who recently started a treatment center for those in extreme states describes his center. The other videos you will see were thoughtfully selected from the public domain. We selected information that is current and of particular importance to understanding psychosis given recent international research and analysis. We hope that our selections and organisation of the materials will replace the need for you to spend time hunting through the jungle of the web.
When: At Your Convenience
A former student said: "Thank you for this generous offering. I really appreciate the variety of ways information is presented. My gratitude to each of the caring practitioners who speak truth to power and who cultivate a capacity to look into the eyes of another with great compassion and offer dignity."--Martha Lynch
Format: You can enter this course at anytime and pick what is of interest to you to watch or read. We recommend following the sequence of activities we provide; however you have access to all of it right away.
1. Overview: Defining Psychosis
Jim van Os, MD--Ted talk on Psychosis
Understanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia-- from a new perspective
What the Mainstream Thinks
The Case Against Antipsychotics
2. Managing the Phenomena and Healing
Eleanor Longden, PhD-Ted Talk
Resources regarding hearing voices movement
Brack Jefferys: IMHU's unique Interview with Director of Center for Spiritual Emergence
The Role of Nutrition
Facilitator: Emma Bragdon, PhD. Director of Integrative Mental Health for You, IMHU.org
FEE: FREE Please click on the registration box in the upper left hand corner to register.
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