ISEPP 2014 International Annual Mental Health Conference: Transforming Mad Science and Re-imagining Mental Health Care

Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014

ISEPP 2013: “The Psychosocial Implications of Non-Mammalian Mothering: A Bioecological Analysis” with Dr. Jeanne Stolzer

Posted by Maria Mangicaro

jeansJeanne M. Stolzer, Ph.D  will be among our ISEPP 2013 conference presenters.

Dr. Stolzer is a professor of child and adolescent development at the University of Nebraska- Kearney. She currently teaches infant, child, and adolescent classes and is an active researcher. Dr. Stolzer has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented her research at the international level. Dr. Stolzer’s research interests include the biocultural implications of attachment parenting, the mass labeling and psychiatric drugging of children and adolescents, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and challenging the existing medical model which seeks to pathologize normal-range human developmental processes.

Summary: According to the American Medical model, mental illness is a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. Although no scientific evidence exists to support this pseudo-hypothesis, this hypothesis is widely disseminated as fact by the pharmaceutical industry and by the medical community at large. As a direct result of the widespread acceptance of this pseudo-hypothesis, psychiatric drug prescriptions are at an all-time high in the United States of America.

This presentation will directly challenge the “disordered brain” hypothesis and will focus instead on the psychosocial implications of attachment disruption. Grounded in ethological theory, this presentation will focus on anthropological, neurological, biological and cultural correlates as they relate to the ever-increasing psychiatric diagnoses occurring in infant, child, adolescent, and adult populations. Particular attention will be given to data that demonstrates that esoteric mammalian mothering practices are steadily declining in America and what effect this decline has had on overall psychosocial functioning. In addition, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and staying in close physical proximity to our young during infancy and early childhood will be explored in depth. The goal of this presentation is to offer a theoretically sound alternative to the current medical model and to explore the implications of reclaiming our primordial mammalian heritage.
The goal of this presentation is:

  • to scientifically refute the current medical model’s definition of mental illness as a “chemical imbalance” in the brain
  • to describe normal range developmental processes across cultures, across time, and across mammalian species
  • to identify our basic mammalian needs
  • to illustrate how attachment disruption negatively impacts psychosocial functioning
  • to examine the role that mammalian mothering plays in optimal psychological functioning
  • to explore ways in which to increase optimal  mental health outcomes in infant, child, adolescent, and adult populations


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