Vanderbilt Critical Psychiatry Conference

JANUARY 22, 2022, 8AM - 3PM CST

Thanks for a great time!

Critical psychiatry is a rapidly growing field of inquiry that supposes mental health care - and especially psychiatry - is in need of repair. The movement is predominantly led by psychiatrists and clinicians themselves, catalyzed by journalists and historians, and fueled by lived experiences. Here, we bring the field to Nashville and beyond, uniting professors, clinicians, students, and community members for discussion and research with one common goal: diagnosing and treating the psychiatric machine.

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VCPC SCHEDULE

INTRODUCTION

8:00AM - 8:15AM

Welcome, statement of purpose, and acknowledgements by Director Joseph Sexton.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STEVEN HOLLON, PhD

Steve Hollon, PhD, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor Psychology: "It's Not What We Don't Know That Hurts - It's What We Know That Ain't So"

8:15AM - 9:15AM

PANEL 1: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS

9:30AM - 10:15AM

Historical foundations of psychiatry with an emphasis on how it relates to modern critical psychiatry and current issues in mental health care. Featuring Dominique Behague, PhD, Department of Medicine, Health & Society and Anthropology at Vanderbilt; Kenneth MacLeish, PhD, Department of Medicine, Health & Society and Anthropology at Vanderbilt; and Karrie Raymond, M.S. candidate in Social Foundations of Health.

PANEL 2: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

10:30AM - 11:15AM

The interplay of culture, marginalization, and American mental health care. Featuring Christy Erving, PhD, Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University; Abdirahman Osman (B.S. in Medicine, Health, & Society, 2019), consultant at the American Muslim Advisory Council focused on wellbeing among Muslims of Middle Tennessee; and Taylor Guzi, Class of 2022.

POSTER SESSION AND NETWORKING

Showcase of work by undergraduate students at Vanderbilt. Feel free also to spend some time in the Slack messaging potential collaborators!

11:30AM - 12:15PM

PANEL 3: PSYCHIATRIC COERCION, PATIENT-CLINICAN DYNAMICS

1:00PM - 1:45PM

The processes by which client agency and openness is reduce in clinical contexts, including coercion, whereby patients are treated involuntarily. Featuring Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA, Department of Medicine, Health & Society and Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University, Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Liz Davidson, Class of 2023, carrying lived experiences related to psychiatric coercion; and Jacob Horwitz, 10th grader at Battleground Academy (Franklin, TN) with lived experience navigating mental health care as a young person.

PANEL 4: SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSIES

2:00PM - 2:45PM

Current issues in mental health care with regards to nosology, chemical imbalance theory, and the replication crisis. Featuring Steve Hollon, PhD, Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University; and Stephen Heckers, MD, MSc, Department Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

CLOSING

2:45PM - 3:00PM

The day draws to a close with comments and acknowledgements by Director Joseph Sexton.