Critical Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Titles

Counselling and Counselling Psychology

Counselling and Counselling Psychology: A critical examination

ISBN 978 1 906254 58 2 (2013)

Any theory is only as strong as its capacity to withstand sustained critical examination.  The practice of critique must, therefore, form the basis of both good academic work and thoughtful clinical practice. This new series of ‘Critical Examinations’  looks at the claims of Psychology and various…
Madness Contested

Madness Contested: power and practice

ISBN 978 1 906254 43 8 (2013)

Contributors include Peter Beresford, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, Jacqui Dillon, Dave Harper, Eleanor Longden, Midlands Psychology group, Joanna Moncrieff, David Pilgrim, Phil Thomas and Jan Wallcraft. This book contests how both society and Mental Health Services conceptualise and respond to madness.  Despite sustained criticisms from academia, survivor groups and…
R.D.Laing

R.D.Laing: 50 years since The Divided Self

ISBN 978 1 906254 54 4 (2012)

First published in 1960, The Divided Self by Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927–1989) set out to explain psychosis as an ordinary and understandable human experience. Laing’s insight was absolutely revolutionary in its humane approach. One commentator described it as ‘that particular touch of genius which causes one…
Real to Reel: Psychiatry at the cinema

Real to Reel: Psychiatry at the cinema

ISBN 978 1 906254 42 1 (2011)

The cinema has an important presence in modern life, not just for its contributions to entertainment and the economy but also because of what it tells us about ourselves and our societies. Psychiatry’s appearance on the big screen reflects psychiatric practice at the same time as shaping our…
Agnes’s Jacket: A psychologist’s search for the meanings of madness

Agnes's Jacket: A psychologist's search for the meanings of madness

ISBN 978 1 906254 45 2 (2012)

Only available to customers in the UK. In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out,…
Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery

Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery

ISBN 978 1 906254 22 3 (2009)

Read a review from Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies Journal, December 2012: http://bit.ly/10ufKdu A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to…
Fiction’s Madness

Fiction's Madness

ISBN 978 1 906254 23 0 (2009)

Fiction can be a powerful adjunct to mental health education and practice, its capacity to clarify and enlighten aspects of the field beyond doubt. With a rare gift for making the scholarly accessible, Liam Clarke presents an original interpretation of mental health issues based on some of the greatest works…
A Straight-Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems

A Straight-Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems

ISBN 978 1 906254 18 6 (2009)

A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate…