Clinicians working in psychiatry
– can we ever be good enough?
As clinicians in mental health we do years of study and supervised
practice to establish a knowledge and skill base to be of use to
people. Our work is often challenging and stressful and not particularly
lucrative or prestigious. Most of us engage in it out of a desire
to be part of alleviating suffering and enabling people to have
more fulfilling lives.
Yet, despite our commitment, we face an anti-psychiatry lobby telling
us the practices we work so hard at are pathologising and spirit-breaking.
We are told to focus on strengths, but we are also told that to
'add strengths and stir' is not enough. What are we supposed to
That is what this website is about. It outlines an orientation
with specific skills and strategies to enable meaningful collaboration
combining our professional knowledge and expertise with the personal
and experiential knowledge of the people we serve.
Bird’s ideas for therapeutic conversations are a rich
resource which underpin these ideas. The authors have found that
applying Johnella’s ideas to core mental health activities
has revitalized our practice, increased our usefulness to people
and our passion for our work.
Please do contact us with any feedback that you would like to give,
either by email
or by using our "contact form".
If you know other people who would be interested, please encourage
them to have a look at this website.