A Public Lecture – Is Psychiatry Dying? Crisis and Critique in Contemporary Psychiatry: June 2nd, 2015

A Public Lecture: Is Psychiatry Dying? Crisis and Critique in Contemporary Psychiatry: Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

The Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, invite you to a public lecture by Dr Alastair Morgan entitled:

Is Psychiatry Dying? Crisis and Critique in Contemporary Psychiatry.

Alastair Morgan
Alastair Morgan

In the wake of the publication of DSM-5, the debate around the validity, usefulness and meaning of psychiatric categories has revived to an extent that is reminiscent of the battles over psychiatry’s legitimacy waged in the 1960s and 1970s. However, what is distinctive about the current crisis of legitimacy are the multiple and varied critical positions that are deployed against a psychiatry that is uncertain about its own central paradigm. In this talk, Alastair will outline five critical positions that respond to the contemporary crisis in psychiatry and that point towards different directions for the future of psychiatry. Finally, he will draw some conclusions about the possibilities of a paradigm shift within psychiatry and the prospects for the survival of a different discipline in the 21st century.

Alastair Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Sheffield Hallam University.  He is the author of Adorno’s Concept of Life (2007, London and New York: Continuum) and the editor of Being Human: Reflections on Mental Distress in Society (2008, PCCS Books). His next book is Values and Ethics in Mental Health: An Exploration for Practice, which will be out with Palgrave MacMillan later this year.

When: June 2nd, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Lecture Theatre G05

Attendance: Free