Mental Health Professionals Critique the Biomedical Model of Psychological Problems

While a great deal of the excitement about advances in psychological treatments comes from the potential for research in neuroscience to unlock the secrets of the brain, many mental health experts would like to temper this enthusiasm. A special issue of the Behavior Therapist released this month calls into question the predominant conception of mental illnesses as brain disorders.

Videos from the 2014 ‚ÄúTransforming Mad Science and Re-Imagining Mental Health Care‚ÄĚ ISEPP/UCLA Conference

The joint ISEPP/UCLA conference was held in Los Angeles on November 14-16, 2014. Today, ISEPP and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs are delighted to bring you videos of 13 of the 15 invited plenary talks. Each video is accompanied by a crisply written interview with the speaker, focusing on the goals of their work, challenges facing their profession, and how they evaluate any salient changes in mental health practice and research. These smartly produced and edited videos range from 20 to 30 minutes in length and are freely available on

Transforming Mad Science and Re-Imagining Mental Health Care Videos Released

This morning, released thirteen 20-30 minute video presentations from the 2014 International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) conference at UCLA. The videos include presentations by Bonnie Burstow, Laura Delano, Allen Frances , David Healy, Peter G√łtzsche, Pascal-Henri Keller, John Read, Tomi Gomory, Shannon Hughes, Jeffrey Lacasse, David Cohen, Fran√ßois Gonon, Jonathan Leo, Peter Whitehouse, Robert Whitaker, and Keith Hoeller.

Leah Harris: A Legacy of Psychiatric Diagnosis

MIA blogger and mental health advocate Leah Harris discusses growing up with parents diagnosed with schizophrenia, her personal experience with the psychiatric system, and psychiatric drugs.

Matt Samet: Climbing Out of Benzo Madness

Rock climber, author, and MIA Blogger Matt Samet discusses his experience becoming addicted to, and subsequently coming off of, benzodiazepines.

Faith Rhyne – Long Bio

DRAWING NEW LINES Faith Rhyne is a parent, educator, and a radical mental health activist. She became interested in psychology and psychiatry at age 13,...

Bruce Levine – Long Bio

COMMONSENSE REBELLION Bruce E. Levine, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. His latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists,...

Olga Runciman – Long Bio

DENMARK: VOICES FROM THE INSIDE OUT Olga Runciman is an international trainer and speaker as well as writer, campaigner and artist. She sees the hearing...

Jack Carney – Long Bio

UP THE RIVER Jack Carney has been a practicing social worker for over forty years. His recent retirement from FEGS, a large New York social...