The Power Threat Meaning Framework – A Workshop with Dr Lucy Johnstone


An Introduction to the Power Threat Meaning Framework with Dr Lucy Johnstone for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in supportive roles. 

Tickets available here

The Power Threat Meaning Framework is a non-diagnostic approach to understanding emotional distress which is attracting national and international attention.

In this workshop, Dr Lucy Johnstone, one of the lead authors, will introduce you to its fundamental principles and the ways it can be used to inform our therapeutic practice.

This workshop is for counsellors, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists, as well as those who support people in more informal roles.

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of ‘Users and abusers of psychiatry’ (3rd edition Routledge 2021) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books, 2nd edition 2022); co-editor of ‘Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people’s problems’ (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013); and co-author of ‘A straight talking introduction to the Power Threat Meaning Framework’, 2020, PCCS Books) along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate in the UK. She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales.

Lucy was the lead author, along with Professor Mary Boyle, for the ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’ (2018), a British Psychological Society publication co-produced with service users, which outlines a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis. Lucy is an experienced conference speaker and lecturer and currently works as an independent trainer. She is a visiting professor at London South Bank University and lives in Bristol, UK.


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MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change. We believe that the current diagnostically-based paradigm of care has comprehensively failed, and that the future lies in non-medical alternatives which explicitly acknowledge the causal role of social and relational conflicts, abuses, adversities and injustices.