Power Threat Meaning Framework: Parts 1 & 2 | Social Justice & Inclusion Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.


This session is part of the Social Justice & Inclusion track of the Mental Health Institute.


This session is offered in two parts and attendance at both parts is expected:

  • Power Threat Meaning Framework Part 1: Thursday, November 3, 9:00am-1:00pm PT
  • Power Threat Meaning Framework Part 2: Thursday, November 10, 9:00am-1:00pm PT


This 2-part training workshop will be an interactive training experience with space for questions and discussion. The trainers, Jan Bostock and Ray Middleton are experienced mental health professionals from National Health and third sector backgrounds and are also part of the UK British Psychological Society committee that oversees the dissemination of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF). They shall be explaining and exploring this non-pathologizing, strengths-based alternative to diagnosis for understanding how people may experience mental health issues. The session will include considerations of how power operates in people’s lives both positively and negatively, how threats to core needs and rights may be relevant to understanding distress, and how people may respond to these threats and make sense of what is happening to them.

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.


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Jan Bostock, BA, MPhil, MSc

Jan BostockJan Bostock is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist who works in the National Health Service in the UK. Since qualifying over 30 years ago she has worked therapeutically with adults in primary and secondary care settings and also worked in Community Psychology and Public Health roles which involved participative research and training. Since 2000, she has managed and developed Psychological Services in the North East of England and recently retired as an Associate Director of Community Services in Newcastle and Gateshead. She is committed to co-producing mental health services with people who use services, to promoting staff wellbeing, and effective, collective and compassionate leadership in health. She currently works for the North East and North Cumbria Staff Wellbeing Hub that has been established for Health and Social Care staff since 2020, and also mentors mental health practitioners in voluntary organizations and in GP practices in London. She co-chairs the committee for the Power Threat Meaning Framework that is part of the British Psychological Society and is an active member of the BPS Community Psychology Section. She is committed to understanding and sharing how social and economic situations affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and how psychology can be part of social change.


Ray Middleton, PhD 

Ray MiddletonRay Middleton, PhD, has over 30 years' experience of training and workforce development in mental health focusing on reaching people experiencing multiple disadvantages including combinations of; complex trauma, mental health, substance misuse and housing needs. Ray’s training offer focuses on; Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP), Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE), The Power Threat Meaning Framework, Pre-treatment and "How to facilitate Group Reflective Practice." He has written a chapter for a book comparing the USA and the UK around innovative approaches: Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness: From Pretreatment Strategies to Psychologically Informed Environments. Dr. Middleton has extensive experience delivering services to people on the frontline - including managing community “Personality Disorder” services and being a Care-Coordinator in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service in the UK - where he chaired an "Open Dialogue" innovative working group. He draws on personal lived experience of surviving complex childhood trauma grounding his values and his motivation to persevere in this area of workforce development.


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Starts: Nov 3, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Nov 10, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
November 3, 2022
Event Type
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