At the recent Heart and Soul of Change Conference, the gentle and powerful Jacqueline Sparks, PhD gave a moving keynote on how:
- Psychotherapy itself is a political act.
- What we do in our daily practice, within the sphere of psychotherapy talk or within the confines of our work setting, either supports or undermines systems of injustice and oppression.
- PCOMS is â€œJust Talkâ€; PCOMS systematically includes clients' voices to guide all treatment decisions
- Transforming mental health paperwork, policies to give clients the loudest voice in determining goals and methods for therapy is political action.
- PCOMS provides a safety net for ensuring we do not replicate oppressive practices of the past (and present), especially when clients differ from their therapists along lines of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, social location, and other aspects of identity.
She had graciously agreed to present â€œJust Talkâ€ â€¦PCOMS as Political Action, as a MyOutcomes webinar on Wednesday, September 17th at 11:30 EST. If you are interested in hearing what she has to say, but missed the Live Broadcast, contact MyOutcomes and we will send you a link to the full recording. Interested professionals will include: social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, nurses, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, addiction workers, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and correction workers.
Dr. Sparks is an associate professor of family therapy in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island and Project Leader of the Heart and Soul of Change Project.Dr. Sparks has been involved and a key player in the development of PCOMS since its inception and has collaborated on most of the PCOMS publications, including Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change (2010), the six studies from the Norway Couple Project, as well as a chapter in the 2nd edition of On Becoming a Better Therapist, to mention a few.Her primary interests include teaching accountability via PCOMS, researching feedback and change in couple and family therapy, transforming systems of care to privilege client goals and promote social justice, and critical analysis of child psychotropic medication. Jacqueline is co-founder of the Heroicagencies Listserv.