Teenscreen Directors Resign

Kermit Cole
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PsychSearch.net reports that the co-directors of TeenScreen, Laurie Flynn and Leslie McGuire, have resigned. Teenscreen is a controversial “diagnostic psychiatric service” which, according to Marcia Angell (author of “The Truth About Drug Companies”) is “just a way to put more people on prescription drugs.”

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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]

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  1. This is a good reminder of why fundamental reform is needed first. We can’t continue to encourage people to “get help” from a system shown to actually cause harm. Depending on each community, it’s not extreme to encourage people to stay away from the system until their are enough reforms put in place to actually assist them in a humane way. For most communities this change will happen somewhat gradually rather than all at once (preferable but I’m not sure always practical). Any vehicle (like TeenScreen) that increases people to a harmful system must be questioned. Of course there’s all the issues of the instrument/process itselt which the article discusses.

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