Teaching through history to create a third, unheard voice in psychiatry: Stories from New York City — Chris Beels


Chris Beels was part of a ground-breaking group of psychiatrists who, in the 1960s and 1970s, established a family-therapy-based community service in the Bronx, New York State, for people living with psychosis, and their families. Taking over an old abandoned post-office, bringing multiple families together around shared concerns, engaging the support of local ministers, and teaching histories of psychiatry, were just some of their creative and innovative practices that showed significant benefits and popularity, over and above traditional practices of hospitalisation or emerging drug treatments. Chris and long-time friends and colleagues reflect on what worked well, what has remained, and what prevents similar approaches from operating within the current US economic and cultural climate.