RebPsych Conference 2018 -- Rebellious Psychiatry: Where Mental Health Meets Social Justice

September 28, 2018

Hosted by Yale Department of Psychiatry
This event is free and open to the public!

Multiple Justices

In its inaugural year, the Rebellious Psychiatry conference brought together activists, artists, consumers, mental health professionals, and students to form a strong, inter-disciplinary coalition for social justice. Our conversations at RebPsych2017 helped us understand that there are multiple forms of justice that operate in the field of mental health. This year we build upon that foundation, seeking to explore and unite these “multiple justices.” For example, two paradigms of justice emerged last year: one seeks to expand access to care and address mental health disparities, and another critiques the history and the very practice of mental health care. RebPsych2018 will interrogate the various, and sometimes conflicting, conceptions of justice. What forms of justice are currently mobilized and supported within the field of mental health and by mental health institutions? What forms of justice are excluded? How could these multiple justices inform each other in a more integrated manner? How do mental health care providers act as a credible force in advancing justice? When it comes to activism, is there a boundary between the professional and the political, and if so, when and how was this boundary conceived?

We solicit proposals from a diverse array of people, including (but not limited to) health professionals, activists, community organizers, scholars, patients, artists, students, and writers. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who have made activism a crucial part of their work. The conference will include traditional academic papers, panels, discussions of activist work, artistic projects, archival and museum initiatives, performances, and other presentations that address the themes of psychiatry and justice. Creativity in form and format is encouraged! We hope to foster dialogue, partnerships, and sharing of ideas that will continue after the conference is over.

Tentative themes for RebPsych 2018:

Justice in Race and Ethnicity

  • Psychological Consequences of Racism
  • Racism and Diagnosis
  • History of Racism and Mental Health
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Experiences of Racism
  • Settler Colonialism, Indigeneity, Slavery, and Psychiatry
  • Intersections with Gender and Sexuality

Justice for Vulnerable Populations

  • Incarcerated Populations
  • Poverty, Homelessness, and Displaced Populations
  • Intersections with Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Populations
  • Global Mental Health

Justice in Policy

  • Immigration Policy
  • Caring for Refugees
  • Access to Care and Health Disparities
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Lobbying and Legislative Action

Justice Within the Profession and in Academic Institutions

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Forms of Knowledge Production/Funding
  • Academic Institutions and their Local Communities
  • Living and Working Environment
  • Setting the Research Agenda/Exploitation in Research
  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Protest, Personal Politics, and Professional Identity

There will be a culminating event to bring the various themes together.

Submissions for panels/papers are due by March 1, 2018