Radical Mental Health – DIY Cultures Fanon RD Laing Decol…

Convenor & Chair: Hamja Ahsan. Tweets: @hamjaahsan Speakers: Guilaine Kinouani (Media Diversified), Dee Sada (RD Laing 50), Paul Gurney (Fanon, Laing), Guilla Loi, Asylum Magazine Collective Seats on a first come, first serve basis. No booking required.


@diyculturesfair #DIY2016 #DIYMHealth SPEAKER INFO: 1. Frantz Fanon, RD Laing and radical mental health Radical psychiatrists Frantz Fanon and RD Laing remind us that our individual psychology is inextricably interwoven with the social, historical and political. Frantz Fanon argued that, for post-colonial subjects, we are all interconnected psychologically –Black and Minority Ethnic and white. For many Black and Minority Ethnic people, this interconnection has proved traumatic. How can psychotherapists and other mental health professionals attend to these interrelationships in a compassionate, reparative and liberatory way? And how can white therapists and clients address these issues? Paul Gurney has been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 1987, in diverse communities in south London. He trained in counselling at Goldsmith’s College and in psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association (founded by RD Laing). Between 1995 and 2013 he worked in primary care in the NHS. He currently is in private practice and also supervises therapists in various community organisations. He also teaches in several contexts on subjects related to race, class and culture to psychotherapy trainees. 2. DEE SADA Inspired by Grade 2 listed building, Kingsley Hall in Bow, she has spent the last 3 years researching the legacy of R.D Laing and his Philadelphia Association colleagues who established the first therapeutic community there between 1965-1970. Particularly interested in Kingsley Hall resident, Mary Barnes who was an artist, poet and long-term sufferer of mental health issues, Dee has worked with Mary’s resident psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Berke on a number of projects relating to Mary and her friendship with Joseph. In 2015, Dee worked alongside Laing’s colleagues Dr Joseph Berke and Dr Leon Redler as well as Turner prize nominee, artist Luke Fowler in celebrating 50 years of the Philadelphia Association through music, poetry and talks. In early 2016, Dee rejoined forces with Dr Leon Redler to explore the Dialectics of Liberation, a congress that included eminent psychiatrists, philosophers and activists exploring ways in which to demystify human violence. Dee’s main aim was to highlight the lack of platforms given to women at the original conference and she worked closely with feminist artist, Carolee Schneemann on a series of talks and discussions to address this.

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