The symposium summarises a DCP–funded project to develop a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of mental health difficulties and distress. Members of the project team (leader Lucy Johnstone; deputy leader Mary Boyle; co-authors John Cromby, Jacqui Dillon, Dave Harper, Peter Kinderman, Eleanor Longden, David Pilgrim, John Read, supported by Kate Allsopp) will be present for the discussion.
Over a period of 4 years the team has developed an alternative approach to identifying patterns in distress that draws on evidence about, and synthesises, the causal roles of power, evolved threat responses, social discourses, and personal meanings and narratives. We have named it the Power/Threat/Meaning Framework. It is intended to provide the basis for an ongoing series of developments in clinical practice, service design and commissioning, professional training, research, and service user involvement.
Last year’s symposium described the emerging principles of the work. This year, the speakers will outline the project’s key conclusions and describe the provisional patterns that have been developed as an alternative to diagnostic ones. The Chair/Discussant will then summarise some of the implications and invite feedback and discussion.