The challenge to psychiatric diagnosis, a workshop with Dr Lucy Johnstone


Dr Lucy Johnstone worked in the field of Adult Mental Health for many years, and is the author of a number of books, chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on psychiatric diagnosis.

In this workshop, Lucy will bring her previous sessions for ‘A disorder 4 everyone’ up to date, and will describe recent developments in the field. Participants will be encouraged to discuss how we can use and offer non-medical understandings of distress in a world that is still based on diagnostic assumptions.

This workshop is for mental health professionals, therapists, past or present users of services, and anyone who is concerned about society’s medicalisation of distress.

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 and has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales.

Lucy was 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.