“The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland”: The Play

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The co-director of “The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland,” a play about Open Dialogue by the U.K. theater company Ridiculusmus, lists as influences “reading a book by the psychiatrist RD Laing as an undergraduate and ‘finding the idea of madness quite attractive’; another, being sectioned and discovering that ‘madness wasn’t so attractive after all.'” The Guardian says of the play “Madness looks confusing – and a lot like ordinary life – in this dramatic argument for a new way to treat mental illness.”

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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]