Mental Health Professionals: Do These People Do Anything Good?

Noel Hunter, Ph.D., Steve Stone M.A., and Bill Stewart, M.A., Clinical Psychology

People who have tried to be helpful in the social services system have sometimes realized that their work has tremendous potential for harm (coercion, labelling, involuntary commitment, etc.). NARPA’s founders included individuals who were the “mental health professional” who realized the mental health system was participating in demeaning, negative outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • This workshop is a frank discussion of personal experiences, positive and negative,
  • a (quick) review of professional ethics,
  • and a summary of activities focused on modifying that harmful paradigm.

Learning Goal:
Develop a set of modified proposals for changing ethical standards, and making other mental health professionals aware of those concerns.