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Meet the Author: Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist

Please join us for conversations with Dr. Max Heinrich, a long-time BPA member, as he discusses his new book: Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist.

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Meet the Author: Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist
Meet the Author: Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist

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Mar 14, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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About the Event

Dr. Heinrich is an esteemed longtime board member of BPA and will be providing a unique opportunity to members of our community to hear his thoughts and insights about his new book "Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist" (available now on Amazon and other retailers!). 


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Read on for more information about Dr. Heinrich's book:

Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist

By Max Heinrich

Paperback ISBN: 9780367336394

Hardback ISBN: 9780367336400

eBook ISBN: 9780429320965

Out now!      $25.95/ £19.99 RRP

"The book is a treasure chest of anecdotes and incisive humor; the author’s memory is exceptional, many of the tales hilarious, and many of them horrifying.”Jay Neugeboren, Author of Imagining Robert and Transforming Madness

Presenting first-hand accounts from the ‘front line’, Reflections of a Cynical Clinical Psychologist provides the reader with a participant experience of the daily ups and downs of a US mental health professional. Vividly describing actual clinical events ranging from tragic to comedic, this book calls attention to the human realities of the system’s dysfunction.

Illustrated throughout by anecdotes based on the author’s 50 years of experience and observations in the field, the book focuses on ‘the system’ as the problem, identifying the limitations in current mental health policy with the emphasis misplaced onto profit rather than optimal patient care. These anecdotes are organized by themes such as the harsh treatment of patients by staff; loss in the workplace; anomalous staff behavior; problems with the legal system; and clinically unexpected and bizarre episodes.

The value of humor as a stress reducer, social leveler and a means to make incisive points is highlighted throughout. As stated by Jay Neugeboren, the author’s “advocacy on behalf of helpful policies, and against the idiocies that caused people pain and anguish is admirable, and beyond admirable. He has an amazing perspective, and a rich inventory of all that was good, less good, and awful in the way we've dealt with mental illness for the past half century in its more florid incarnations, and its less lethal instances. And the horrors noted in his early work at an old state hospital leavened by his wit made for an exceptional outlook on that era.”

This is important reading for mental health professionals, policy makers and those interested in humanizing social policy.

About the Author

Max Heinrich, PhD. is a clinical psychologist who earned his PhD from Cornell University in 1968. He has worked primarily with the seriously and persistently mentally ill in hospital settings. For most of that time he directed various inpatient and outpatient services. He has won local, state and national awards for public advocacy on behalf of his profession. Currently his week is divided between treating patients and teaching students on a psychiatric inpatient unit in a public hospital, as well as maintaining an extensive private practice.

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