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CBT : science or economic propaganda ?

For some years now Cognitive Behavioural Therapies have successfully held the therapy field persuading governments and health authorities with claims that unlike other therapies, for instance, humanist or psychodynamic, the efficacy of CBT  is based on scientifically observed evidence.  While CBT may be helpful for some seeking help with anxiety, the claim that it is the panacea for all, including those who are suffering from severe anxieties, fears and other emotional stresses, surely deserves closer scrutiny.  Increasingly others are questioning the truth  that  CBT   is evidence-based. However CBT has powerful political and economic allies attracted by the various claims made that it is scripted and time-limited  and provides a one size fits all therapy.

Last November (2014), Limbus, an organisation which arranges Continued Professional Development  events for counsellors and psychotherapists in the south-west England held a national conference, Challenging the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies : The Overselling of CBT’s Evidence Base,  at the Dartington Hall near Totnes in Devon which sought to challenge the evidence provided to substantiate the claims made for CBT. The organiser of the conference, Farhad Dalal  has provided us with the following links to presentations made at the Dartington Conference and to other related papers. We offer them here because the predominance of CBT is increasingly evident in the support which is offered to children and young people.

We’ve provided below some to the papers and articles Farad Dalal has brought our notice to but there are more articles, blogs, videos of conference presentations and other resources available from this page on the Limbus website.

Conference Papers

Dalal, F. (2015)  Statistical Spin: Linguistic Obfuscation—The Art of Overselling the CBT Evidence Base

Shedler, J .(2015)  Where is the evidence base for evidence-based therapy?

 

Related Papers

Dalal, F. (2015)  Statistical Spin, Linguistic Obfuscation: The Art of Overselling the CBT Evidence Base.

Ferraro, D.  (2015)   Torture, Psychology and the Neoliberal State.

Henrich, M., Heine,  J. & Norenzayan,S.  (2008)  The Weirdest People in the World

Greenhalgh, T. (2014)  Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?

Shedler, J.(2010)  Shedler (2010) The Efficacy of   Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Adams, S. (2008) Naughty not N.I.C.E.: Implications for therapy and services

Breen, L., Darlaston-Jones, D (2008)  Moving Beyond the Enduring Dominance of Positivism in Psychological Research

Longmore, R. and Worrell, M. (2007) Do we need to challenge thoughts in cognitive behavior therapy?

Samuels, A.& Veale, D.(2007) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: For and Against

Western, D., Novotny,C., & Thompson,H.(2004 )The Empirical Status of Empirically Supported Psychotherapies: Assumptions, Findings, and Reporting in Controlled Clinical Trials

Richardson,L. (1997)
Skirting a Pleated Text De-Disciplining an Academic Life

Articles

Risen, J. (2015) Outside Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds

Callard, C and Stearn, R. (2015) IAPT, Benefits, & the Unemployed 

All these documents and much more can be found at Limbus.

More about the Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal now published online

John Stein launches Issue 16  of the goodenoughcaring Journal with his editorial about the significance of relationships for children as they grow up. Supporting John in the ensuing articles, Lorea Boneke, writes about children and young people in care whose important relationships and placements break down.  John Burton provides a cornucopia of rich notes from his work as a consultant to children’s homes, Cynthia Cross helps us explore the rewards of acceptance in a recollection of her relationship with a young man who was in residential care  Evelyn Daniel talks about the failures of relationships at all levels in the care system and considers how this might be put right,  John Diamond presents, in the shadow of recent events in Palestine, the text of a talk he gave in Jerusalem in 2008 about the therapeutic work of the Mulberry Bush School,  Maurice Fenton writes about unity in relationship,  Iain Macleod reflects on his journey through the Scottish care system as he gathered  an identity through relationships with significant others,  Jeremy Millar offers reflections inspired by reading  Borstal Lives, a novel by “Louis Edward,”   Charles Sharpe reviews Social Care Learning from Practice edited by Noel Howard and Denise Lyons,  Mark Smith considers the nature of relationships through the lens of social pedagogy John Stein recalls important relationships in his life other than those with his parents, the late Ian D. Suttie, in an extract from his 1935 book, The Origins of Love and Hate argues that an unnecessary “taboo on tenderness” exists in many human relationships  and.  in a short vignette depicting a scene from a Pupil Referral Unit where she taught,  Christina Williamson raises questions about the relationships between students and teachers and  asks readers to provide the answers.
Read the goodenoughcaring Journal at

http://www.goodenoughcaring.com/the-journal/

Inequality, Poverty, Education A Political Economy of School Exclusion

Palsgrave Macmillan has sent us details of  Inequality, Poverty, Education A Political Economy of School Exclusion  by Francesca Ashurst and Couze Venn which was published earlier this year.

 

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The authors develop a political economy and a genealogy of school exclusion in order to reveal exclusion to be a symptom of more fundamental issues relating to poverty and inequality, reflected in the role of the state in managing their consequences, particularly regarding juvenile delinquency. Using  archival and documentary evidence they uncover the roots of exclusionary practices in political and economic struggles going back to the 19th century. These conflicts, the authors claim, have had decisive effects on key shifts in social and educational policy from the Poor Law Reforms of 1834 to the emergence of the welfare state and the current neoliberal reconstitution of society according to the model of the market. In arguing that competing views of an equitable and just society underlie exclusion, the authors believe their analysis opens up a space for envisaging radical new approaches and practices for dealing with children in trouble.

Francesca Ashurst is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales

Couze Venn is Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

This book will be reviewed in the June  2015 issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal.

December 15th, 2014 and Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal has touched down

December 15th and Issue 16 of the  goodenoughcaring Journal is online,  The principal theme of the new issue is the significance relationships have for children as they grow up.

 

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John Stein has composed the Editorial for this issue. The authors providing us with knowledge, experiences and insights in  Issue 16 are Lorea Boneke,  John Burton, Cynthia Cross,  Evelyn Daniel, John Diamond, Maurice Fenton, Iain Macleod, Jeremy Millar, Charles Sharpe,  Mark Smith, John Stein with an additional article,  Ian D. Suttie, and Christina Williamson.

New title : Leading Good Care: the task, heart and art of managing social care by John Burton

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers have given us prior notice of John Burton’s forthcoming book Leading Good Care: the task, heart and art of managing social care due to be published on February 15th, 2015. John is a regular contributor of articles to the goodenoughcaring  Journal. This book will be reviewed in the June 2015 issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal.

 

Comments from readers who have previewed the book include :

‘This book wants reading for several reasons. It is a book from the heart and highly readable. It identifies straightforwardly, matter-of-factly and scathingly the mindless, blinkered and harmful bureaucracy which has infected and distorted the social and health care system. Yet, in the face of these identified evils, it cleaves to optimism and independence of thought throughout and a determination that things can, and must, change. It discusses systems and ideas, but is written by an author with a detailed practical knowledge of care and who uses, throughout the book, care settings to illustrate in depth the issues as played out in the real world. Above all, this book challenges managers to break out of the vicious circle within which they can all too easily become enmired and ultimately, to lead good care.’

Michael Mandelstam, author of How We Treat the Sick: Neglect and Abuse in our Health Services

 

‘If you want to step up to leadership, and to lead good care, this book will help you do just that. It’s borne of long experience and a passionate belief in the difference good leadership can make. So if you want to transform people’s lives, start here.

From the foreword by Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, the Leadership Centre

 

‘Leaving bureaucracy and compliance in its wake, John Burton takes the book’s reader on a journey to leadership both as a role and as an aspiration… With sobering references to the health and social care scandals of Cornwall, Staffordshire and Winterbourne View, and more recently the Savile debacle, John exposes the myth that managers were principally to blame by showing how there are wider systemic failings that leave most managers believing that they are powerless to take a stand and simply doing as they are told… With compassion entering the social care vocabulary again, John’s book is a timely inspiration for managers to return to humanity and core tasks with confidence and to lead their services to real and meaningful excellence.’

Philip Nightingale, Registered Social Care Manager

 

For more details about the John Burton’s new book go to http://www.jkp.com/uk/leading-good-care.html

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Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal is on its way !

 

On December 15th, 2014,  issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal will be published online. This issue has a  broad principal theme : ‘significant relationships” John Stein provides our editorial and there are articles from Lorea Boneke, Cynthia Cross, Evelyn Daniel, John Diamond, Iain Macleod, Jeremy Millar, Mark Smith, Christine Williamson, Charles Sharpe and John Stein has written a further article for this issue. More articles are in the pipeline. News of these will appear here at http://www.goodenoughcaring.com in the coming days.

Further submissions of articles are welcome until December 1st.  Submit an article as an attachment  to http://www.goodenoughcaring.com

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An Enlightened Nation? Scottish Perspectives on Social Welfare

A conference examining social welfare in Scotland following this year’s referendum on Scottish independence is to be held on November 28th, 2014 at Edinburgh University, South Hall, Pollock Halls.

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2014 has been a momentous year for Scotland. The Independence Referendum result was to remain within the United Kingdom, although the political fallout from that decision continues.

A striking feature of the Referendum was the extent to which debate converged around questions of social welfare and social justice.

This conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, and supported by the journal Ethics and Social Welfare, Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council provides an opportunity to explore Scottish social welfare policies and the values underpinning these.

This conference will address key ideas around what, if anything might be distinctive about a Scottish tradition of social welfare, both historically, but also tracing historical antecedents to the present day.

Presenters include:

Prof Stephen Webb, Glasgow Caledonian University
Prof David McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University
Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh
Prof Jonathan Hearn, University of Edinburgh
Robin McAlpine, The Common Weal
Jean Freemen, Founder of Women for Independence

Scroll down this page to find the response to the Scottish Institute of Residential Child Care’s debate about child care in a post referendum Scotland and United Kingdom

Separation and Reunion Forum 15th Annual Conference, London Abuse of Children: Attachment Issues

The 15th Annual Separation and Reunion will be held on Friday 28th of November 2014 at London Voluntary Resource Centre 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. The theme of the conference is Abused Children : Attachment Issues.

The conference is being held from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The conference will be chaired by Dr. Nelda Frater, Medical Director Frater Clinic Patron of SRF

Key Note Speakers are:

Dr Danya Glaser, Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Visiting Professor UCL; ‘The Abuse of Children’.
Ms. Annetta Bennett, National Consultant Trainer and Facilitator, ‘Female Genital Mutilation’.
Mr. Thurstine Bassett, Director of Bassett Consultancy, ‘Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege’.
Ms. Heather Rovce, Educational Psychotherapist. ‘Caring for Looked After Children’.
NSPCC (TBC)

Conference Fees:

Delegates: £65.00

SRF Members: £50.00

Concessions: £35.00 (Students, Retired Persons and Unemployed)

For mode information about of venue contact London Voluntary Resource Centre

Please confirm attendance by return e-mail ASAP. Should you require further information on this event, please email the SRF’s admin team at serefo or ring 0207 8010 135 or Mob: 0778 370 5423. The organisers ask that those wishing to attend confirm attendance by email as soon as possible.

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Consortium of Therapeutic Communities Conference “Therapeutic Childcare: Hopefulness in a Changing Landscape”

The consortium of Therapeutic Communities holds its annual conference at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University on October 14th, 2014  from 9.00am  to  4pm.

Glyndŵr University and The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities have come together to present what they believe will be an exciting and innovative conference.

The conference will appeal to those already working in the looked after children sector, professionals interested in developing their practice and those that have an interest in working with children now and in the future in aligned occupations.
More information about the conference can be found at http://www.therapeuticcommunities.org/events/therapeutic-childcare-hopefulness-in-a-changing-landscape

To register for this event please visit, http://store.glyndwr.ac.uk and click on ‘Conference & Events’.  If you have any problem booking online, please call 01978 293 188.

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Date/Time
Date(s) – 14/10/2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Location
Catrin Finch Centre – Glyndwr University

Child Care History Network Annual Conference, October 2014 : Healing the Wounds of Childhood

 

The Child Care History Network’s annual conference will take place on October 3rd, 2014 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Topsham, near Exeter. The theme of the conference is  –Healing the Wounds of Childhood  The Medical and Psychological Care of Children : Historical and Current Perspectives. 

To learn more about the conference and to book a place,  follow these links –

 

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Stewart, Professor of Health History, Glasgow Caledonia University

supported by: The Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter and The Wellcome Trust

Online registration and payment

CCHN Conference Registration Form

CCHN Conference Programme

CCHN conference poster

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