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Beyond the Therapeutic State    

Collaborative Practices for Individual and Social Change

Dates: June 26, 27, 28, 2014

Location: Drammen, Norway   

Mental health costs are soaring, drug prescriptions skyrocketing, and diagnostic categories continue to convince us that we are mentally ill. It is time to move beyond the therapeutic state!

Most existing alternatives focus on the individual. In contrast, this conference will feature inspiring innovations in collaborative practice. Such practices bring together diverse conceptions of reality, values, and hopes for the future. From the inter-change emerge new forms of life, viable for all.

The conference will feature collaborative practices relevant to therapy and beyond.       

Discussions will be enriched by practitioners and scholars from many sectors of society.

In the end, it is toward a relationally oriented society we must move. And it is toward active participation in changing both practices and policies that the conference is dedicated.


Conference collaborators:

  • The Taos Institute
  • Taos Institute Europe
  • Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Buskerud and Vestfold University College (Norway)
  • Helsinki Psychotherapy Institute (Finland)
  • Familjevårdsstiftelsen (Family Care Foundation) (Sweden)
  • The Family Institute (UK)