The Mental Health Crisis in America – Keynote Speaker Profile: Peter Fonagy, PhD



Peter Fonagy, PhD, OBE, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA, will give a keynote presentation at the Austen Riggs Center's centennial conference.Peter Fonagy, PhD, OBE, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA, is head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London (UCL) and chief executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (London)

Dr. Fonagy will give the Session 3 keynote presentation, “The Consequences of Losing Epistemic Trust: A Perspective from the UK on Mental Disorders that Persist and Resist Treatment,” on Sunday morning at the Austen Riggs Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.”

Learn more or register for the conference at: www.austenriggs.org/CentennialConference

Dr. Fonagy will speak about the interface of the intrapsychic and social context of patients with persistent disorders—aka complex psychiatric patients. He will speak about the scientific inadequacy of current diagnostic systems and the puzzle of the uni-dimensionality of mental health, which was recently affirmed by the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health. He will address the social biology of persistent mental health problems, focusing on what he considers as the core pathology in terms of learning or adaptation in these individuals rooted in a pervasive absence of trust. He will note the value of treatment programs like Riggs’ and the process of change, which long term community-based treatment affords in addressing the core problems of individuals with persistent mental health difficulties. He will describe how mental health policy in the UK addresses these concerns.

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