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cal conditions, to understand scientifically the
underlying processes, to apply that understanding to prevention and treatment, to study and
correct the stigma that prevents so many people
from seeking help, and to engage in numerous
other scholarly and science-based activities in
this area with laudable goals and substantive
It was particularly depressing to read such
ideological and unsubstantiated statements as
“People with PhDs had oppressed mad people
throughout history.” Even the claim from one
proponent that “Mad Studies doesn’t reject medical models of madness” rings hollow in the face
of such assertions as “I wanted to help liberate
this history from the shackles of the medical
model.” Hardly seems like a rapprochement!
Nor did it provide much comfort that there
was no mention of the discipline of psychology
throughout the entire piece given most univer-
sity students would primarily be exposed to men-
tal health issues in fact through their psychology
courses. I certainly recognized nothing in the
diatribes of Mad Studies advocates even closely
related to the psychological perspective summa-
rized briefly above.
A fundamental problem is that too many people in the humanities and some non-empirical
social sciences think wrongly that anecdotal
reports, ideologically-driven critical studies, and
like approaches provide a substantive way to
examine important social and psychological
issues. Such a misguided postmodern approach
that “deconstructs medical models” harkens back
to pre-scientific days and certainly does not
merit the title interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary. Rather it represents a narrow and deeply
misguided ideological approach that Sokal and
Bricmont accurately labeled “fashionable nonsense,” although a truer conception is captured
by the original French title, Impostures intellectuelles.
Dr. Clark is a professor and chair of psychology,
University of Winnipeg.
The Alphonse Raymond Building at Laurentian Uni-
versity is named for Jesuit Father Alphonse Raymond
of Verner, Ontario, a champion of Roman Catholic and
French-Canadian rights, president of Collège du Sacré-
Coeur from 1952-1959, and first president of the Uni-
versity of Sudbury. Incorrect information appeared in
the article, “The case for rehabilitation,” December
2015. We regret the error.
Le pavillon Alphonse Raymond de l’Université Lauren-
tienne doit son nom à un père jésuite de Verner, Ontario.
Ardent défenseur des droits de l’Église catholique
romaine et des Canadiens français, le père Raymond
a été recteur du Collège du Sacré-Coeur de 1952 à 1959
et le premier recteur de l’Université de Sudbury. De
l’information erronée est parue dans l’article « À la
défense de la restauration » publié en décembre 2015.
Nous nous en excusons.
Mass resignation at
An associate editor at the journal, from
U of Alberta, describes the behind-the-scenes manoeuverings.
La Fédération des sciences
humaines a 75 ans
Pour marquer son anniversaire, l’organisation
publie une chronologie consacrée aux
moments importants de son histoire.
Structure your content
In the fourth and final video for this series,
learn how to structure a presentation for
Dealing with mental health
A student offers some advice to professors
on how they can help in times of distress.
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