Treatment, Past and Present, in the Oregon State Hospital Museum


The New York Times covers Dean Brooks and the new Museum of Mental Health at the Oregon State Hospital, where “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shot. Brooks, the article says, “minces no words when he says that mental health treatment in years past had its flaws. But anyone looking back, he said in an interview, should also look hard at the present… Today, he said, prisons have taken over the job, with barely a pretense of treatment.”

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Interview – Dean Brooks from Mad in America on Vimeo.

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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].