January 24th, 2007

The Medical Model

This came up on another list; thought I'd move the discussion here, where I could keep an eye on it.

The "counseling professions" (psychology, psychiatry, etc.) often work from the "medical model," the idea that there's some Standard of Wellness, and any deviation from that standard is a "disease" or "disorder," and by definition unhealthy. I think that this model is fundamentally flawed, and that what "human" means is considerably broader, and includes a lot of viable alternatives.

Thoughts? Impressions? Discussion?