The Evolution of Neuro-Diversity: A Critical Perspective of Mental Health Workshop

(alternatively: The Stigma of Mental Health Experiences: How Can Psychology Tackle It?)

In a sentence:

In this workshop Dr Chloe Farahar demonstrates a critical perspective and analysis of what are presently called “mental illnesses”, and the subject of “mental health”. 

While this workshop focusses on mental health stigma, it also provides an insight into how to consider and apply a critical psychological perspective, in this instance, one at odds with the dominant medical-model discourse surrounding neuro-diversity. 

Please note that this workshop contains real-life narratives about mental health (contains a short video that mentions abuse, aggression, and suicide – not in detail).  We will also be discussing the negative language and portrayals of mental health, so please be aware that negative language will be used, but as a means to discuss and break-down stigma.

Workshop overview:

Stigma of mental health experiences:

  • What is stigma?
  • Why’s it a problem?
  • Pathology or neuro-divergence?
  • How can we reduce it?

(more detailed layout):

  • Task – mentally-ill vs. mentally-well
  • The problem – mental illness stigma
  • Pathology paradigm
  • Language shaping stigma attitudes and behaviour
    • Muffin time!
  • What’s “normal” anyway
  • Debunking the pathology paradigm
  • Normalcy of “psychosis”/hallucinating
  • Neuro-diversity paradigm
    • Why we need different minds – the banana problem
  • A life in labels – illness or neuro-divergence?
  • How to cope with being neuro-divergent – the Power Threat Meaning Framework
  • What can we do?
  • Language of neuro-diversity
  • Overview
  • Celebrate diversity 

Each individual workshop suits a two-hour (or more) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.  

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and workshops have been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80+).  Workshops are appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+, and 10 years+ for the neurodiversity day event), and have been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; Metropolitan Police personnel; support and well-being staff etc.

Fees: Training sessions are £100 per hour per trainer. If you are a charitable organisation with limited funds still get in touch and we can see what we can do – we never want to price out organisations wanting to improve their understanding of Autistic experience.