The Perpetual Treadmill

Encased within the bureaucratic machinery of homelessness, mental health, criminal justice and substance use services trying to find an exit point.

by Dean Whittington



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/11/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781496985705
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781496985682
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781496985699

About the Book

The Perpetual Treadmill is a care pathway devised to ensnare the poor within a never ending treatment system for their “own good,” after they have been labelled with their designated malaise. Once caught within it, similar to Kafka’s “Trial” and “Castle,” they are wedged within its corridors where they are forever signposted between services. This book draws on the analogies of “knights” and “knaves” by building on “Bath of Steel” to focus on how this system has been constructed and then maintained.

To depict its shortcomings, it has been ranged against a psychologically informed perspective (PSIP) to show how those entrapped can eventually exit the “perpetual treadmill.” But there are numerous vested interests which militate against those clients, duly labelled from ever “emotionally recovering.” The interplay between politicians, bureaucrats, academics, practitioners and clients is explored to detail how the poor have become a raw material which feeds this machine.

This book is relevant to psychotherapists, addiction specialists, psychologists, sociologists, criminologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, social policy experts and nurses.

About the Author

Reflective Practitioner, Author, Writer and Psychotherapist, Dr. Dean Whittington has pioneered a therapeutic approach with marginalised populations drawing on a relational method.  Based in South London he previously worked with gang members, armed robbers, people with complex mental health diagnoses and migrants to show how an emotional recovery can be actualised.

He provides a unique insight into how the current system thwarts those who are caught within it from rebuilding their lives, as too many people with a vested interest keep the money go round turning incessantly.