East Valley Pavilion
From: Andrew Phelps <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [s-acc] conversation going forward
Date: Sun 09/15/13 03:25 PM
The "conversation" needs to "get real" about creative maladjustment and - more than that - oppressive character of "behavior management" as that is practiced. Delphine attended a follow-up on the government version "community conversations" in Sacramento on Tuesday, while I did the workshop with Jancis Long of PsySR and Chris Zubiate of Psynergy in San Diego. I trust she will report on that experience, where "community" is mis-understood and the notion of "mental illness" is treated as "science." At IVAT we had a meaningful experience (I'm pleased to say Vernon Montoya attended as well) and we did follow-up that will continue the challenge to "diagnostic behavior."
The Clinical Gaze Critique in Action HERE
San Diego recently had its Mayor resign due to sexist behavior; I'm happy to say that the conference had a "feminist" quality with hundreds of female DV clinicians and others present. Paula Caplan was on the organizing committee and also helped move the conversation forward on the challenge to role of psychiatric diagnosis in working with "madness."
We are helping construct a client/survivor role at IVAT, following on what Pat Risser and others did in helping organize the 2006 IVAT 12 conference. The project National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV HERE) co-sponsored the conference, and we reached out to network with them on an ongoing basis.
Thus Vernon and Chris and myself met with the lead conference organizer and they each agreed to participate in "action groups" where the ongoing NPEIV organizing is happening. As the advocacy progresses and develops, I imagine that both PsySR and the Social Accountability Work Group will also find way(s) to exercise that social responsibility.
The presenters are myself, Jancis Long of PsySR, and Chris Zubiate of Psynergy, Inc. We are bringing together the client/survivor and psychologist/clinician advocacies against the oppression of the "clinical gaze" social relation, in the proper social and academic context.
The role of stereotyping and the attendant lived experience of oppression is now to be challenged in a more meaningful way.