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Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling: Contemporary Frameworks, Taxonomies, and Models


Title: Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling
Subtitle: Contemporary Frameworks, Taxonomies, and Models
Subject Classification: Psychology, Counselling, Healthcare, Society and Culture 
BIC Classification: JM, MMH, MQU
BISAC Classification: PSY036000, MED058180, PSY028000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.568
Publication date: 1st February 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-276-3
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-277-0


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Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling is the fourth Volume of the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series.

Understanding the current systems of psychology and psychiatry is profoundly important. So is exploring alternatives. The Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series presents solicited chapters from international experts on a wide variety of underexplored subjects. This is a series for mental health researchers, teachers, and practitioners, for parents and interested lay readers, and for anyone trying to make sense of anxiety, depression, and other emotional difficulties. 

Theoretical Alternatives recognizes and appreciates those who have contributed to the abundance of literature critiquing the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the biomedical model of mental health, and the practice of psychiatric diagnosing. It intends to move past that discourse, and present macro and system-level alternatives to DSM and the ICD diagnosing (the World Health Organization’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems), in the form of conceptually developed frameworks, taxonomies, and models to guide clinical work and theory.


Editors: Arnoldo Cantú, LCSW is a clinical social worker with experience in school social work, private practice, and community mental health working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. He is the lead editor of two volumes: Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling and Practical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Illness.

Dr. Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is a former family therapist, based in California, USA, who works actively as a creativity coach. He is the author of many books on creativity, psychology, and mental health, among them The Future of Mental HealthHumane Helping, and Rethinking Depression.

Dr. Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a licensed psychologist in private practice in southern Maryland who has been offering psychotherapy services for more than 25 years.


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