Healing Homes: An Alternative, Swedish Model for Healing Psychosis
, a feature-length documentary film directed by Daniel Mackler, chronicles the work of the Family Care Foundation
in Gothenburg, Sweden -- a program which, in this era of multi-drug
cocktails and psychiatric diagnoses-for-life, helps people recover from
psychosis without medication.
The organization, backed by over twenty years of experience, places
people who have been failed by traditional psychiatry in host families
-- predominately farm families in the Swedish countryside -- as a start
for a whole new life journey.
Host families are chosen not for any psychiatric expertise, rather, for
their compassion, stability, and desire to give back. People live with
these families for upwards of a year or two and become an integral part
of a functioning family system. Staff members offer clients intensive
psychotherapy and provide host families with intensive supervision.
The Family Care Foundation eschews the use of diagnosis, works within a
framework of striving to help people come safely off psychiatric
medication, and provides their services, which operate within the
context of Swedish socialized medicine, for free.
weaves together interviews with clients, farm
families, and staff members to create both a powerful vision of
medication-free recovery and an eye-opening critique of the medical
model of psychiatry.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 28 March, 2012.