Personal tools
You are here: Home Info about "Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: Clinical, Legal and Ethical Aspects"
Look inside...

New book on coercion in mental health includes chapter by former MindFreedom director, David Oaks

— filed under:

World Psychiatric Association leaders created a book about coercion in psychiatry, much of it supporting coercion. A chapter by psychiatric survivor David Oaks condemns involuntary mental health procedures, and calls for peaceful protests. You may download a free sample of his chapter here.

New book on coercion in mental health includes chapter by former MindFreedom director, David Oaks

David Oaks, MFI Director, is author of a chapter in a new book about coercion in the psychiatric system.


30 May 2011


Chapter by Oaks Indicts Coerced Psychiatry

How to download a free sample of chapter, here.


A book published this Spring 2011 by leaders of the World Psychiatric Association looks at the topic of coercion in psychiatry.

One of the chapters is by MindFreedom International director David Oaks, and indicts involuntary psychiatry, with the title:

"The Moral Imperative for Dialogue with Organizations of Survivors of Coerced Psychiatric Human Rights Violations."

You may download a free sample PDF of the chapter by Oaks by clicking here (it is a small file, 176 KB):

Or you may download this excerpt by clicking on "Excerpt Chapter 12 (PDF)" link in lower right of the publisher's page here:




More info about the WPA coercion book:


This book actually came out of a special gathering by World Psychiatric Association in Dresden, Germany four years before, on the topic of coercion in psychiatry. 

Said David Oaks, "As a psychiatric survivor activist, I am sad to say I and some other participants actually got our hopes up with that WPA event. It seemed like key leaders sincerely were open to dialogue. We were wrong. Unfortunately, in the four years since offers to dialogue with the WPA have not been reciprocated." 

Some of the photos, videos and news releases from the Dresden 2007 gathering can be found here:


Story Behind the Chapter 


But WPA leaders did want to produce a book based on the event, turning to long-time leader Judi Chamberlin for one of the psychiatric survivor chapters. When Judi became very ill, David Oaks was asked to do the chapter, as were a couple of other psychiatric survivors.

Said Oaks, "The WPA did produce a book for the professional and academic market, and it is unfortunately very expensive: More than $140. Of course, several of the other authors promote forced psychiatry." Oaks pointed out he was not involved in editing or publishing the book, and the editors and other authors are responsible for their own content.

The publishers did agree to make Chapter 12, by Oaks, available as a sample, and it can be downloaded for free here:


Details about the book:

  • Title: Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: Clinical,  Legal and Ethical Aspects
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons,  Ltd, 
  • Editor(s): Thomas W. Kallert,  Juan E. Mezzich,  John Monahan

For a product description, including how to order the book, and to download sample of Chapter 12, see the publisher web site:


To purchase an online version of the whole book or specific chapters from the publisher go here:



Document Actions
Donate Now

Give securely online and indicate if you have a preferred campaign that you'd like to support with your donation!

We are MFI

Ron Unger, chair, MindFreedom Lane County affiliate

Ron Unger LCSW is both an human rights activist and a therapist who specializes in alternative approaches for "psychosis." Said Ron, "As a young person, I had my own experiences that could have been labeled 'psychotic' but got through them without mental health system intervention. I am proud to be a member of MindFreedom, the world's leading coalition fighting for radical reform in the mental health system!" Ron created MFI's "Truth Injection Campaign." You can find out more about Ron's views on his blog [see 'related content' link below image view].
Sign Up Today!

Social and Email Marketing by VerticalResponse
Facebook Like Box