Carina Håkansson: Family Care Foundation


Carina Håkansson, co-founder of the Family Care Foundation in Sweden, discusses her work with family care homes, psychotherapy and family therapy absent from psychiatric diagnoses and manuals.

From April 25-27, The Family Care Foundation is hosting an international conference entitled “Presence and Participation: Arguments for the Humanistic and Sustainable Work We Do” in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference aims to counter the arguments for the increasingly manualized practices in caretaking professions, by raising issues around sustainability and research associated with humanism. Stay tuned to in the coming days for information about Live Streaming Video of select conference presentations from Gothenburg.


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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].


    • Thank you Carina Håkansson & Family Care Foundation. I feel that I can now breath a little deeper. Love and using our innate intelligence can and does bring healing from states of extreme emotional distress. I am happy to throw the psychiatric labels I was given into the fire.

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  1. Oh, my goodness! This is so moving and beautiful that it makes me weep for all of my friends who have died as a result of their abusive care in the mental health system in the USA. This dear woman and her whole way of thinking about schizophrenia and all diagnoses would certainly have given me hope when I was locked up back in 1960 in Massachusetts, USA.

    This interview is a breath of long-needed fresh air. Hopefully, we can learn from her and those in her community to bring this compassionate outlook to our country and all over the world.

    Thank you for a beautiful interview.
    Best wishes,

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  2. Good Grief! The people who work in the Family Care Foundation actually work to help people! Unlike most psychiatrists in this country who only want to pop pills into people and send them on their way! And of course, their issues which are causing them distress never get talked about or worked through.

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  3. So who knows The Invisible Child, a short story in Tales from Moomin Valley by Tove Jansonn?

    It is a story of a child so disturbed she has become invisible and silent. She is taken to live with the Moomin Family. Moomin Mama gives her a secret medicine from Granny and she becomes visible and finds her voice.

    An early version of family care perhaps?

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