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Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering mad studies
Russo, Jasna and Angela Sweeney (Eds)
PCCS Books / Softcover / 2016-09-01 / 1910919233
Social & Political Issues
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Searching for a Rose Garden is an incisive critique of all that is unhelpful about sanestream understandings of and responses to mental distress. Drawing on world-wide survivor activism and scholarship, it explores the toxicity of psychiatry and the co-option and corruption of survivor knowledge and practice by the mainstream. Chapters on survivor research and theory reveal the constant battle to establish and maintain a safe space for experiential knowledge within academia and beyond. Other chapters explore how survivor-developed projects and practices are cultivating a wealth of bright blooms in the most hostile of environments, providing an important vision for the future.

Referencing Joanne Greenberg’s book I Never Promised you a Rose Garden, this collection demonstrates the challenge, determination and successes of the authors in working towards a paradigm shift in the understanding of madness and distress. This landmark text is essential reading in the emerging field of Mad Studies.

Download Brenda A LeFrançois foreword here


Foreword by Brenda A. LeFrançois


Setting the scene

1. Responses to a legacy of harm Mary O’Hagan

2. Alternatives or a way of life? Bhargavi Davar

3. The haunting can end: trauma-informed approaches in healing from abuse and adversity Beth Filson

4. The role of survivor knowledge in creating alternatives to psychiatry Peter Beresford

5. The co-optation of survivor knowledge: the danger of substituted values and voice Darby Penney and Laura Prescott

Survivor-produced knowledge

6. The transformative potential of survivor research Angela Sweeney

7. Towards our own framework, or reclaiming madness part two Jasna Russo

8. Whiteness in psychiatry: the madness of European misdiagnosis Colin King

9. Deciding to be alive: self-injury and survival Clare Shaw

10. Thinking (differently) about suicide David Webb

11. Community Treatment Orders: once a rosy deinstitutional notion Erick Fabris

Survivor-controlled practice

12. Becoming part of each other’s narratives: Intentional Peer Support Shery Mead and Beth Filson

13. We did it our way: Women’s Independent Alcohol Support Patsy Staddon

14. Sexual violence in childhood: demarketing treatment options and strengthening our own agency Zofia Rubinsztajn

15. The Personal Ombudsman: an example of supported decision making Maths Jesperson

16. Kindred Minds: a personal perspective Renuka Bhakta

17. The Sunrise Project: helping adults recover from psychiatric drugs Terry Simpson

Working in partnership

18. More voice, less ventriloquism: building a mental health recovery archive Dolly Sen and Anna Sexton

19. Teaching (like) crazy in a mad-positive school: exploring the charms of recursion Danielle Landry and Kathryn Church

20. Peer workers in the mental health system: a transformative or collusive experiment? Celia Brown and Peter Stastny

21. Dilemmas of identity and power Alison Faulkner

22. Is partnership a dirty word? Cath Roper

23. Co-creating the ways we carry each other: reflections on being an ally and a double agent Reima Ana Maglajlic

The search goes on

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