RebPsych Conference 2017 -- Rebellious Psychiatry: Where Mental Health Meets Social Justice
Friday, April 21, 2017
Hosted by Yale Department of Psychiatry
63 High Street, New Haven, CT
This event is free and open to the public!
The inaugural RebPsych conference will bring together students, mental health professionals, community activists, consumers, and others to explore the intersection of mental health and social justice. Modeled on the Rebellious Lawyering conference hosted by Yale Law School,the conference will provide a platform for participants to build partnerships and discuss strategies for social change.
Mental health professionals have long been engaged with social causes, from global initiatives to the recovery movement. However, the mental health professions must also grapple with a history of participation in individual and structural oppression, such as Guantanamo interrogations, racial disparities in psychiatric diagnosis, and the pathologizing of LGBTQ communities. In addition, the current political climate brings new urgency to the idea that mental health professionals must do more than engage in one-on-one healing. We hope that this conference will foster a frank conversation about our responsibility to pursue justice and challenge established hierarchies of privilege and power.