The critical professional and social policy: negotiating dilemmas in the UK Mental Health Act campaign
Harper, David J.
The critical professional psychologist wishing to influence social policy is faced with a number of competing imperatives. Through the means of a case study of UK government proposals to reform mental health legislation, I describe some of the dilemmas encountered and my attempts to address them. I review the rationales and evaluate the effects of interventions in professional and non-professional networks. Rather than being primarily theoretical, my aim is to provoke discussion and debate about the position of the critical psychologist who also occupies a position as a professional.
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