The 1966 Aberfan disaster
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
2y ago
In this podcast, Professor Houston talks about the psychological impact on those affected by the Aberfan disaster of 1966. The podcast expands on an interview Prof Houston gave to BBC Wales as part of a series of podcasts recently produced about the disaster. It is strongly advised that you listen to podcast 7 of the BBC series prior to listening to this podcast. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p09z3n7y Further reading: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/electroencephalogram/ Iain McLean and Martin Johnes, Aberfan: government and disasters (Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2000), especially chapte ..read more
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Devolved psychiatries - Professor Rab Houston
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Professor John Crichton
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
Prof John Crichton - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland. What is a forensic psychiatrist? Far from the media stereotypes forensic psychiatrists are not so different to other doctors but working at the most extremes of human experience. Any one of us may have a mental health problem. Very rarely that problem may result in an inability to control ones actions and may lead to direful consequences. Forensic psychiatry is all about helping people recover their lives after such life changing events and by placing the care and treatment of pat ..read more
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Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
This is a 50 minute audio file of a talk I delivered at the National Records of Scotland on 7 August 2019, in connection with my hugely successful exhibition that they kindly hosted: ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’. It explains the records I used and the development of the criminal justice system’s attempts to deal with those who had committed serious offences, but were found to be insane and thus not responsible for their actions. The justice system faced the same problems as today and dealt with ‘prisoner-patients’ or ‘state lunatics’ (as they were known) in ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Professor Rory O'Connor
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
Professor Rory O’Connor, Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow Suicide and self-harm are major public health concerns with complex aetiologies which encompass a multifaceted array of risk and protective factors. There is growing recognition that we need to move beyond psychiatric categories to further our understanding of the pathways to both. As an individual makes a decision to take their own life, an appreciation of the psychology of the suicidal mind is central to suicide prevention. Another key challenge is that our understanding of the factors that determine behav ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Chris Williams
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
In this podcast Professor Chris Williams, a researcher and teacher in the area of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) introduces CBT as a self-help form of therapy. It gives people the tools help themselves. Although correctly described as a form of psychotherapy, another way of conceptualising CBT is as a form of adult learning. That perspective can help make sense of recent advances in CBT where key CBT principles are communicated via CBT books, classes or websites. The key elements are a CBT structure that then builds on the therapeutic relationship and helps people both understand why they ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Michael Brown
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
Chief Inspector Michael Brown: ‘Police, policing, and mental health in the UK’. Police services all over the world are essential as a de facto mental health service, especially around crisis care. All have struggled with untoward incidents involving the use of force, or deaths following police contact, which have framed – perhaps distorted - discussion. Reviews of these incidents have concluded that police officers are usually working in a context where the professional options available to them are not always adequate and that support after police decision-making is not always available. Revi ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Dr Fionnuala Williams
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
People with learning disability were understood and treated very differently in the past from the present. While attempts were always made to help them, this was against a background of pessimism about their prospects. Much progress has been made in the past half century in positive attitudes towards this group, with closures of the large institutions in which they were often housed and better integration into the community. Nonetheless, challenges remain, including a significantly shorter life expectancy compared with the general population. Dr Fionnuala Williams clarifies misconceptions and ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Dr Ruth Allen
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
Social workers and care in the community Social workers have a crucial part to play in improving mental health services and mental health outcomes for citizens. They bring a distinctive social and rights-based perspective to their work. Their advanced relationship-based skills, and their focus on personalisation and recovery, can support people to make positive, self-directed change. Social workers are trained to work in partnership with people using services, their families and carers, to optimise involvement and collaborative solutions. Like community psychiatric nurses, social workers also ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health: conditions, caring, and contexts - Prof. Chris Frith
History of Psychiatry Podcast Series
by Professor Rab Houston
3y ago
In the podcast I talk about my research on the biological basis of schizophrenia using brain imaging and my attempts to understand symptoms such as hallucinations in terms of brain based cognitive processes. I describe what schizophrenia is like from the point of view of clinicians and from the point of view of patients. I suggest that the experiences described by patients in history are very similar to those described today. Finally, I discuss treatments. There has been much improvement since the discovery of drug treatments in the 1950s, but we still have not identified the causes of schizop ..read more
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