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The Making of DSM

SEA CPD Workshop

The Making of DSM

Lead by Dr. James Davies
Saturday, June 16th 2018, 10am to 1pm

The disturbing truth about its construction, and does an alternative non-medical language exist?

Why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952, to around 370 today? In this workshop Dr James Davies takes us behind the scenes of how the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM, was actually written – did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less-scientific and unexpected processes at play? His exclusive interviews with the creators of the DSM reveal the troubling answer.

The second part of this workshop explores how non-medicalised language can be used to describe the diverse forms emotional suffering can take. Has the medical model enjoyed its heyday, do we really need psychiatric diagnosis? – If not, what can replace it? This workshop will invite discussion and exploration of these vital issues.

Speaker, Dr James Davies

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a PhD. in social and medical anthropology. He is a Reader in social anthropology and psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton and a practicing psychotherapist. He has delivered lectures at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Brown, UCL and Columbia and has written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian and Salon. He is author of the bestselling book Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.


Date: Saturday, June 16th 2018
Time: From 10am to 1pm
Cost: £56 (SEA Members) / £68 (Non-Members).

You can buy tickets to the event here.

Refunds after May 26th 2018 will be discretionary.
Location: Birkbeck College, Room 417, 25 – 27 Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL.
Located behind Birkbeck College main building on Malet Street.
Nearest Underground Stations: Warren Street, Euston Square, Goodge Street and Russell
Square is also nearby.
Limit: Workshop is limited to 20 participants.
CPD Certificates: Participants will receive a 3 hour CPD certificate on the day.
Further Information: Please contact Lucy Solymar for further information at 07563 380070 or