I have been struggling to find a reason to keep continuing the educational path I am on. (1)
My struggle is that I dont want to leave a profession, the law, where as an attorney you primarily work on your own to try and defend someone against the government, and trade it in for being a psychologist where it seems you primarily work, on your own, to try and help those who you are entrusted with helping.
I was reading one of my favorite bloggers this morning, Beyond Meds, and learned about a wonderful man, Daniel Mackler.(2) I invite you to look at his site and check out the The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (3) which funded Mr. Mackler’s films about alternative methods to the medical model we use in the United States to deal with psychosis and schizophrenia so that they could be viewed for free.
That is where Mr. Mackler’s information comes in. He created a film about how the people in Finland treat psychosis and schizophrenia. They treat the people who come in by a group methodology. The psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, social worker and the rest of the support system get together and, with the patient and the patient’s family, work out a treatment plan for the patient.
Another of Mr. Mackler’s films talks about treating people with psychotic breaks and other disturbances by putting the person in the community with people who open their homes to the people in need. They do it so that they can treat the people who are suffering by integrating them back into an every day life as quickly as possible. I cant give Mr. Mackler’s films the credit they are due here as it would take pages and pages to try and inform you of how the people in those Scandinavian countries deal with “mental illness.”
Needless to say I got a little hope this morning by watching about 4 hours of youtube videos!
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The opening quote is from James Hillman.
(1) There were some differences in what I enrolled in versus what the University advertised. I was told in the literature that I relied on to enroll that I could choose a depth psychology concentration. But when I made a decision to attend there, it was only then that they informed me that I was not going to be able to choose the depth psychology concentration.
(2) I put quite a link to a few of his videos on the “Resource” page of our blog. (3) http://wildtruth.net where you find a statement which describes what “The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Cares” is trying to do. We are dedicated to improving mental health outcomes through programs that rely less on pharmaceuticals and more on engaging families and communities.