Social Integration, Coercion, and Recovery


The May issue of Psychiatric Services includes a special section on social integration, including discussions of coercion in recovery-oriented approaches, housing, and the role of consumer-providers.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Truly disgusting. They talk about ‘perceived coercion’. How dare they! So if you get locked up and forcibly drugged, it is merely your ‘perception’ that things are being done to you against your will. They will never learn. They hate human rights.

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