Us and Them Unit
- Recognize the profound dislocation of self and identity in mental health crises
- Appreciate the importance (and challenges) of empathic and critically-informed practice in bridging the distance between mental health practitioner and service user
The component for this unit is a reflection on the distance between the patient and the practitioner. Written by a Learning Ensemble community expert Lanny Beckman.
Evaluating the Components
Why does professional training teach us so little about the lives of people who struggle with mental health difficulties? Why is empathy problematic in the professional encounter? Is effective empathy possible without critical thinking? In a memoir recounting his own history with the study and practice of mental health, project community expert Lanny Beckman considers the “otherness” of mental illness, reminding readers that there can be very little separating Us and Them.