Film Series: Alternative Perspectives
The Alternative Perspective Series Presents:
Beyond the Medical Model
with special guest, Robert Whitaker
We are pleased to announce that our Alternative Perspectives Film Series has begun it's second round, thanks in part to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
Films we anticipate including in this round are as listed below:
- Withdrawing from Psych Drugs with filmmaker Daniel Mackler as guest speaker
- Beyond the Medical Model with Co-Producer, Sera Davidow and Robert Whitaker (featured in the film) among the guest speakers
- There's a Fault in Reality with Jacqui Dillon (featured in the film) as the guest speaker
- Sick with Elizabeth Kenny (writer and performer) as the guest speaker
- Mental Notes with filmmaker Jim Marbrook as the guest speaker
Continue reading below for specifics on each set of screenings as they are confirmed!
About the film:
In the far north of Finland, a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, a group of innovative family therapists have converted the area’s traditional mental health system, which once boasted some of Europe’s poorest outcomes for schizophrenia diagnoses, into one that now gets the best statistical results in the world for first-break psychosis. They call their approach Open Dialogue.
Their principles, though radical in some ways in this day and age, are surprisingly simple. They meet people in crisis immediately and often daily until the crises are resolved. They avoid hospitalization and its consequential stigma, preferring to meet in the homes of those seeking their services. And, perhaps most controversially, they avoid the use of anti-psychotic medication wherever possible.
They also work in groups, because they view psychosis as a problem involving relationships. They include in the treatment process the families and social networks of those seeking their help, and their clinicians work in teams, not as isolated, sole practitioners. Additionally, their whole approach values the voice of everyone in the process, most especially the person directly in crisis. And finally, they provide their services, which operate within the context of Finnish socialized medicine, for free.
Open Dialogue, a 74-minute documentary in English featuring Jaako Seikkula, Birgitta Alakare, Robert Whitaker, Mia Kurtti, Paivi Vahtola, and Timo Haaranaiemi, weaves together interviews with psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and journalists to create both a powerful vision of medication-free recovery and a hard-hitting critique of traditional psychiatry.
'Between the Lines' is an award-winning 21-minute, visually lyrical, experimental documentary created by and about women who cut themselves. It explores the gray areas in women's relationships to their bodies in the context of deliberately self-inflicted injury and seeks to negotiate the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.
Be one of the first in the world to see this groundbreaking film!About the Film:
HEALING HOMES, a documentary film on recovery from psychosis (directed by Daniel Mackler of “Take These Broken Wings”), chronicles the work of the Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. The organization, backed by over twenty years of experience, places people who have been failed by traditional psychiatry with host families -- predominately farm families in the Swedish countryside -- as a start for a whole new life journey.
Host families are chosen not for any psychiatric expertise, but rather, for their compassion, stability, and desire to give back. People live with these families for upwards of a year or two and become an integral part of a functioning family system. Workers from the Family Care Foundation also offer individuals intensive psychotherapy and provide host families with intensive supervision.
The Family Care Foundation eschews the use of diagnosis, works within a framework of striving to help people come safely off psychiatric medication, and provides their services, which operate within the context of Swedish socialized medicine, for free.
HEALING HOMES weaves together interviews with farm families, individuals living with them and workers from the Foundation to create both a powerful vision of medication-free recovery and an eye-opening critique of the medical model of psychiatry.