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Book announcement – Les libérés. Mémoires d’un aliéniste, histoire de fous by Ricciotto CANUDO

Screenshot from 2014-10-02 06:36:44The blurb reads

Paru en 1911 pour la première fois, ce roman magistral sur la folie anticipe, avec génie, les mouvements antipsychiatriques. Sa réédition critique offre un regard neuf sur la trajectoire d’un psychiatre atypique qui, refusant d’enfermer ses patients dans des catégories médicales, les soigne par la sexualité et la musique.
Face à la crise de la psychiatrie actuelle, sa réédition a paru nécessaire à Jean Malaurie, directeur de collection, à l’ethnopsychiatre Tobie Nathan et à Anouck Cape.
Les Libérés sont les Mémoires d’un aliéniste révolutionnaire. Conscient de la misère de la psychiatrie dans les années 1900 qui ose livrer les fous à une science sourde et aveugle, Ricciotto Canudo nous fait vivre, dans une écriture très moderne, le quotidien d’un hôpital antipsychiatrique, annonçant avec des accents visionnaires les années 1960 dont il est le précurseur ignoré. Dans ce phalanstère libertaire, ou la sexualité et la musique participent aux pratiques thérapeutiques, s’engage une lutte de pouvoir entre le médecin aliéniste et son patient qui s’achèvera dramatiquement. Nous – les soi-disant bien portants – sommes esclaves de nos préjugés.

For more information, click here.

Therapist and Critic of Psychiatry Thomas Szasz (1920-2012)

The well-known psychotherapist and vocal critic of psychiatry Thomas Szasz has died.

Both the New York Times and the Boston Globe have printed and posted obituaries describing his career and life.  Szasz’s own website also features a more personal obituary about the man.

His categorical rejection of coercion and psychopathologization in mental healthcare and his collaboration with the Church of Scientology made him one of the most divisive figures in the history of 20th century psychiatry.  It is often forgotten, however, that Szasz was trained in psychoanalysis and practiced psychotherapy.

YouTube showcases numerous videos of Szasz’s lectures and interviews.  But one particularly interesting video comes from a panel discussion held at the first “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference” in 1985.  There, Szasz speaks on the topic “Role of Therapist, Role of Client,” along with colleagues Rollo May, Carl Rogers, and Virginia Satir.  The video, which is ideal for using in the classroom, offers a rare opportunity to see Szasz situate himself vis a vis some of the most influential psychotherapists of his time.

Capitalism and asylums: antipsychiatry and the Sozialistisches Patientenkollektiv Heidelberg

Radio Q, which is animated by students from several German universities, has produced a feature on the Sozialistisches Patientenkollektiv Heidelberg (SPK). The SPK was one of the most radical antipsychiatric movements in Europe.

To listen to the feature, click here.

To get more information on the SPK, click here.

Deinstitutionalisation in psychiatry as a possible resource

A Romanian – Italian symposium of Psychiatry took place at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” (Bucharest) on November 25-26 2010. Here is the program:


Romanian – Italian symposium of Psychiatry

University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”- Aula Magna

(Bucharest, 25th and 26th November 2010)


8.45 – 10.10

Arrival of participants, introduction speeches

Panel 1

The Romanian and Italian experience of deinstitutionalisation in psychiatry

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Pompilia DEHELEAN, Head of The Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Pro-rector and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, UMF “Victor Babes” Timisoara


Matt MUIJEN, Regional Adviser for Mental Health WHO Regional Office for Europe – Challenges for community based mental health services in Europe


Prof. Dr. Ileana BOTEZAT ANTONESCU, President of the Romanian Federation of Psychotherapy, Director of The National Centre of Mental Health and Fight against Drugs Bucharest – Deinstitutionalization in mental health services in Romania – between aspiration and reality


Dr. Lorenzo TORESINI, psychiatrist ASL Merano – Deinstitutionalisation in Italy: Franco Basaglia and the introduction of ethics in the medical treatment


Prof. Dr. Dan PRELIPCEANU, Medical Director at “Prof. Dr. Alexandru Obregia” Psychiatry Hospital Bucharest – A reformation project of the mental health services – sources, solutions, and limits. A critical approach.


Prof. Dr. Luigi ATTENASIO, Director of the Mental Health Department of the ASL Rome C, National President of „Psichiatria Democratica Europa”

Dr. Walter GALLOTTA, Director of the psychiatric hospital service unit “Diagnosis and Treatment” S. Giovanni Hospital, Rome

Dr. Angelo DI GENNARO Basaglia theories and practices in a Mental Health Department of a metropolitan city: towards the implementation of international development programmes in co-operation with an NGO (CESVI)


Dr. Patrizia D’ONOFRIO, psychologist, ASL E Rome – Changes in the role of the care function following the law no. 180: an impressive challenge and a creative engagement


Dr. Roberto MEZZINA, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre – Trieste Mental Health DepartmentDeinstitutionalization in East European countries: the role of WHO Collaborating Centre of Trieste in the reform process


Dr. Bogdana TUDORACHE, President of the Romanian League for Mental Health and Raluca NICA, psychologist, Director of the Romanian League for Mental Health – The role of NGOs in the development of mental health in Romania


Public debate


Lunch break

Panel 2

Overcoming contention as a milestone for deinstitutionalisation

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Tudor UDRIŞTOIU, Scientific secretary UMF Craiova


Dr. Bruno NORCIO, Deputy Director of Mental Health Department of Trieste and former Head of Psychiatric Emergency Service – Overcoming of contention. How can it be done?


Dr. Gaetano INTERLANDI, psychiatrist Caltagirone Catania – SPDC no restraint in the middle of a decentralised organization


Prof. Dr. Luigi ATTENASIO, Director of the Mental Health Department of the ASL Rome C, National President of „Psichiatria Democratica Europa”, Dr. Walter GALLOTTA, Director of the psychiatric hospital service unit “Diagnosis and Treatment” S. Giovanni Hospital, Rome and Dr. Angelo DI GENNARO – Reciprocity: against containment and in favour of  the dialogue with madness


John JENKINS, President of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) – Whole life-recovery approach in community mental health


Prof. Dr. Florin TUDOSE, Dean of Psychology and Sociology Faculty, ”Spiru Haret” University Bucharest – Immobilization and contention as an aggression


Prof. Dr. Mirela MANEA, Head of the Department of Medical Psychiatry and Psychology, the Faculty of Dentistry UMF “Carol Davila” Bucharest – The careful surveillance versus the close observation for the patients with mental disorders


Public debate


End of the first day



Arrival of participants


The speech of Prof.Dr. Virgil PAUNESCU, Presidential Counsellor

Panel 3

Treatment through social inclusion. Cooperation, self-support, social assistance.

Chairman: Dr. Gianfranco PALMA, Director of the Mental Health Department ASL E Rome


Prof. Dr. Aurel NIREŞTEAN, Head of Department and General Chancellor UMF Tg. Mures – Deinstitutionalization and de-stigmatization


Dr. Gianfranco PALMA, Director of the Mental Health Department ASL E Rome – Changes in the culture and welfare systems in the process of social inclusion


Dr. Ruggero BRAZZALE, psychologist, Bassano del Grappa – Innovation models in the mental health services in the Mures region: the Marostica project.


Vasile GAFIUC, President of The Regional Association of Adult Education, Suceava – The role of NGOs in the process of decentralisation of the psychiatric system


Dr. Ilario VOLPI, psychologist, President of the integrated cooperative “Il Grande Carro” in Rome – Integrated cooperatives and the process of deinstitutionalisation


Dr. Mircea DRAGAN, Ploiesti Municipal Hospital – Disorganization in mental health from Prahova County


Coffee break


Dr. Jean-Yves FEBEREY, Head of Department, Henri-Guérin Hospital (Department of Var, France), doctor at Centre médical de la Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale – Disorganization in mental health in France today


Prof. Dr. Alexandru PAZIUC, Psychiatric Hospital Campulung Moldovenesc – The role of the mobile team in the process of social inclusion of people with severe mental problems


Dr. Magda GHEORGHIU, MD Psychiatric Hospital Siret – Attempts to reintegrate people mentally retarded from institutions


Dr. Luigi LEONORI, psychologist, President of SMES-Europe – Psychic suffering and precariousness: prevention and  participation


Public debate


Lunch break

Panel 4

De-institutionalization in Eastern Europe and CIS States

Chairman: Prof. Luciano Sorrentino, Director of Mental Health Department “Franco Basaglia” ASL TO2, Professor of History of Psychiatry, Psychology Department, University of Torino


Dr. Nermana MEHIC-BASARA, MSc, neuropsychiatrist, Director of the Institute for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina – From Centralised Services toward Community Based Psychiatry – Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina


Manana SHARASHIDZE M.D, psychiatrist, Director of the Georgian Association for Mental Health – Opportunities and obstacles for future de-institutionalization in Georgia


Dr. Markku SALO, Head of Research, The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health – From charity to productivity of persons. The importance of the protagonist in the individual


Public debate


Final remarks and conclusions of the symposium


Dr. Lorenzo TORESINI

Dr. Patrizia D’ONOFRIO

To see the pdf of the program, click here.

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