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Online: Essentials of Psychiatry and Mental Health for Therapists

Rachel was a practicing psychiatrist in the NHS for 25 years and now works as a person-centred therapist. 

She has also for many years been delivering training and workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists on subjects related to psychiatry and mental health. 

In this she aims to build bridges of understanding and greater collaboration between different professions, as well as highlighting areas of debate and critique.

See her website www.rachelfreeth.com for a list of her publications which includes her latest book Psychiatry and Mental Health. A guide for counsellors and psychotherapists (PCCS Books, 2020).


11th November 2022 The theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychiatry 1
9th  December 2022 Psychiatric diagnosis 2
24th February 2023 Psychiatric drugs 3
17th March 2023 Psychosis 4
21st April 2023 Suicide and self-injury 5
19th May 2023 Ethical dimensions of psychiatric practice and mental health care 6

All sessions run between 1000-1200 and are delivered via Zoom.

Workshop content:

1. The theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychiatry
Exploring the concepts of mental disorder, illness, disease and the biopsychosocial and medical models

2. Psychiatric diagnosis
A conceptual overview of psychiatric diagnosis and systems of classification (DSM and ICD); insight into how a diagnosis is made; subjective meanings and psychosocial consequences of diagnosis; the relevance of diagnosis for counselling and psychotherapy

3. Psychiatric drugs
Conceptualising how drugs work, their mechanism of action in the brain, main categories of drugs, when prescribed; some of the main debates around drug prescribing; key issues for therapists working with clients taking a psychiatric drug

4. Psychosis
Ways of understanding psychosis; categories of psychotic disorders; psychological and other theoretical perspectives; mainstream psychiatric treatments and alternatives; working with clients with psychosis

5. Suicide and self-injury
Ways of understanding suicide and self-injury; mainstream psychiatric approaches towards suicide risk and people who self-injure (including risk management); issues for counsellors and psychotherapists

6. Ethical dimensions of psychiatric practice and mental health care
Ethical frameworks and how they apply to psychiatry and mental health care, considering management of risk, psychiatric power, coercion and control



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