Creating Pockets of Resistance: Supportive Communities Outside the Values of the Medical Model
The Medical Model has perpetuated the unproven idea that people that who experience deep despair or hear voices that others don't are "biologically different" than others. This myth has contributed to human rights abuses and limited lives. What is the power and potential of the "peer" role for changing the conversation? What if instead of just fighting for a place at the table, people with these lived experiences created spaces of their own? This talk will examine the impact of spaces like "Alternatives to Suicide" and "Hearing Voices" groups and peer respites which operate under a completely different set of values than the Medical Model. Caroline will share her experiences with these settings where there is no assumption of illness and, instead of diagnoses and drugs, people are met with curiosity and choices. Caroline will also share strategies for bringing these pockets of resistance to even the most restricted psychiatric settings and the power of the peer role in "advocating with" others to live the lives they choose.
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Link to brief presenter bio: Caroline White