A guest lecture by Dr Lucy Johnstone

The School of Social Sciences were delighted to welcome Dr Lucy Johnstone, consultant clinical psychologist, to deliver a guest lecture on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building.

The School of Social Sciences were delighted to welcome Dr Lucy Johnstone, consultant clinical psychologist, to deliver a guest lecture on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building. Dean of the School, Kathie Moore, introduced Lucy on her lecture entitled Do we still need psychiatric diagnosis? Critiques and alternatives.

The lecture discussed the criticism of psychiatric diagnosis and the increased interest in developing alternatives such as formulation, narratives, and personal stories. Lucy spoke about the implications of the major shift in our understanding of severe mental distress, and suggested possible routes forward.

Mike Rennoldson, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, closed the lecture and facilitated the question and answer session, which generated an interesting discussion. Questions posed to Lucy included:

  • is the formulation of symptom-based diagnosis too costly to implement?
  • can sectioning patients be useful and beneficial?
  • is medication always necessary and should it be used alongside therapy?

Guests enjoyed a networking drinks reception following the lecture.

The School of Social Sciences welcome guest speakers throughout the year. Visit the School’s event page for more information.

A guest lecture by Dr Lucy Johnstone

Published on 15 March 2016
  • Category: School of Social Sciences

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