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Solving Problems in Everyday Living (SPIEL) Model

Title: The Solving Problems in Everyday Living (SPIEL) Model: Towards a De-medicalized, Education-Based Approach to "Mental Health.".
Name(s): Gomory, Tomi, author
Dunleavy, Daniel J., author
Lieber, Angela S., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
journal article
Date Issued: 2017-07-24
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: We argue that human existential pain and threat may usefully be helped by a noncoercive educational approach that also resonates with many interpersonally focused psychological approaches, rather than by the widely touted current medical model of “mental health” treatment (using psychoactive drugs and supportive psychotherapy). First the “progress” leading to the latest DSM is briefly reviewed, highlighting the scientific limitations of the medical model. Next, an educational model of self-understanding and change, based on Popper’s fallibilism, Freire’s critical pedagogy, and Miller’s Feedback-Informed Treatment is explicated. Finally, some options for funding and testing the model are discussed. We hope this offers mental health clinicians another important alternative to conceptualize the helping encounter to ameliorate personal problems in living.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1501616813_63d2bb78 (IID), 10.1177/0022167817722430 (DOI)
Keywords: Diagnostic and statistical manual, DSM, Education, Feedback-informed treatment, Medical model, Mental health, Personal change, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Social work
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Preferred Citation: Gomory, Tomi, Dunleavy, Daniel J., & Lieber, Angela S. (2017). The Solving Problems in Everyday Living Model: Toward a Demedicalized, Education-Based Approach to "Mental Health". Journal of Humanistic Psychology. doi:10.1177/0022167817722430.
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Humanistic Psychology.