Workshop. Crazy on the Inside
Les Marple. Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto
Shaindl Diamond. Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto & Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault
This workshop will provide a forum for students and educators involved with mental health training programmes to dialogue about experiences with sanism and ableism in courses and placements. The facilitators will highlight current trends within the helping professions that conflict with the rights of psychiatric survivors and others vulnerable to the psychiatric system. Facilitators and participants are invited to share their personal stories of struggle and resistance as students who are psychiatric survivors or allies committed to working with an anti-oppressive framework. Participants are welcome, but not required, to bring any related art, writing or music. Possible discussion topics include coping with/challenging pathologizing language and mentalist attitudes about survivors, finding placements where students are not required to participate in harmful psychiatric practices, coming out as a psychiatric survivor in class or at work, and how to uphold one’s personal ethics while completing programme requirements.
Human Rights and the Socio-Legal Order in the Mental Health Complex
Geraldine Boyle. Health Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
The Mental Capacity Act in England and People with Dementia: From Madness to Citizenship?
This paper will critique the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales), focusing on the extent to which the law promotes the social citizenship of people with dementia. The author will highlight the historical conception of dementia as madness and explore how related assumptions have led to people with dementia being erroneously deprived of self-determination. Research which has illustrated their marginalisation in decision-making about admission to institutional care will be reviewed, and the previous lack of legal safeguards which threatened their right to liberty will be highlighted. Whilst the new law expands the civil and social rights of people with dementia, the author questions whether the Act’s provisions are sufficient to protect their liberty and promote their self-determination (specifically, decision-making about institutional admission). The author will then compare this law with British Columbia legislation relating to mental capacity, focusing on the balance between protection and empowerment for people with dementia.