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Psychotherapy: real or not? Consumer and carer perspectives and experiences of treatment and services

AOM Janne McMahon

The aim of this symposium is to directly and for the first time for this Conference, bring the perspectives of three consumers and a carer and their experiences of psychotherapy within the Australian mental health setting. Psychotherapy as it is seen by consumers may vary from the clinical perspective of practitioners. So is there an argument about what psychotherapy really is and whether this is a real option for Australian mental health services? It will be argued that reflection on how experiences of consumers and carers through careful dialogue might enhance the quality of services and may help to bridge the gap between need and practice. Four presentations from three consumers and a carer will provide their view of what psychotherapy is to them, their experiences of being in receipt of this treatment and their outcomes. It will also provide an opportunity to outline current deficiencies, some areas of excellence and what is needed for the improvement of service delivery. This is an opportunity to hear consumer and carer experiences within the Australian context and what they want from the Australian Government and mental health service provision.

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
Visit The World Council for Psychotherapy at http://www.worldpsyche.org

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AOM Janne McMahon

Ms McMahon has worked within the mental health area as a consumer advocate since 1997. She founded the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) which is a recognized peak Australian organisation advocating in a variety of forums for the issues and needs of mental health consumers and carers. She has appeared before eight Australian parliamentary inquiries, is currently and has been a member of a number of Australian Government Committees as well as many other national mental health Expert Reference Groups and Advisory panels. She has been a member of the Board of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Board of Professional and Community Relations, is currently a Director of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, a member of the RANZCP Board of Practice and Partnerships and a surveyor with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards. In 2008 Ms McMahon was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her advocacy work.

Co-authors: Co-Authors: Ms Kim Werner, Ms Ruth Carson, Ms Merinda Epstein
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