Reflections on critical psychiatry

Authored by: Pat Bracken , Phil Thomas

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138225473
eBook ISBN: 9781315399584
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Over the past 20 years a good deal of our work has been concerned with imagining what a psychiatric practice that embraced critical reflection might look like. We were both involved in the initial meetings that led to the formation in Bradford of the UK-based Critical Psychiatry Network (CPN) in 1999 (see However, we are clear that we do not speak ‘on behalf’ of the CPN: no one does really. The CPN is a network, an alliance, not a party with a manifesto. The views expressed here about the nature of critical thinking and psychiatry are ours alone.

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