Thursday, 28 December 2017

The trials of speaking out with an independent voice within Scottish academic Clinical Psychology

In 2017 I returned briefly to the user/carer involvement groups at both Edinburgh (APEX) and Glasgow (CUSP) University DClinPsy programmes and prior to this did a one day teaching session on the Psychosis module at Glasgow, Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit, Gartnavel, invited by Professor Andrew Gumley. I enjoyed the teaching for which I received an honorarium and expenses. I'd spent many hours working on my presentation 'Surviving Psychosis/Psychiatry: Resilience, Resistance, Recovery; Rescue, Respite, Risk, Renewal" and appreciated being left on my own to teach the class of 2nd year Trainees, from my lived experience as a psychiatric inpatient and unwaged Carer Mother, also from perspective of writer, activist, campaigner and whistleblower about systematic abuse. 

However on 9 May 2017 my PhD Clinical Psychology application at the University of Edinburgh was withdrawn due to the supervision relationship with Professor Matthias Schwannauer breaking down. No-one else could be found to supervise me. After this I did try to be meaningfully involved in the APEX and CUSP groups but I felt that my independent voice wasn't welcome, it was as if being constrained or silenced. Professor Hamish McLeod, Programme Director, DClinPsy Glasgow, did not want me teaching Trainees, sending me a headed letter to this effect. I made a complaint, Stage 2, asking to meet with Professor Jill Pell, but this was ignored. My complaint wasn't upheld. 

Meanwhile at Edinburgh DClinPsy, although I'd had meetings with various academics, raising expectations of meaningful involvement, nothing has transpired. It's been 8 long years since I first engaged with Glasgow DClinPsy academics and 6 years since engaging with Edinburgh DClinPsy academics. I'm not getting any younger, now 65. So I've retreated from APEX Edinburgh and have no links with CUSP Glasgow. [27 December 2017]

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University of Glasgow DClinPsy Psychosis Module day training 8 May 2017:
 
Presentation slides: Surviving Psychosis/Psychiatry
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Speaking Truth to Power: DClinPsy presentation, University of Edinburgh 1 June 2017:


Presentation Slides
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University of Edinburgh DClinPsy APEX presentation 9 October 2017:

Presentation Slides
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I'm a qualified community educator and FE lecturer, care subjects, with over 30 years experience years in the field, working with all ages of people in a variety of settings, facilitating learning, empowering and developing projects.  I'd hoped to teach DClinPsy trainees in Scotland from my lived/survivor experience, and get paid for it.  Didn't happen, after 8 years of trying.  Rather it cost me.

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