Low-Beer Memorial Lecture 2020

The fall season brings with it the annual Low-Beer Memorial Lecture. This year, like many events, it will be hosted virtually through Google Meet, on Thursday, October 8th with the award presentation beginning at 6pm, and the lecture itself at 7pm.

The awards portions and lecture can both be viewed at the following link, at the time of the event:

Below is a description of this year’s lecture:

The 2020 Low-Beer Memorial Lecture

Can we do better for people living with mental illness?
Challenging historical perceptions and exploring alternatives

The lecture, titled: “Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness” will feature Ronald B. Miller, PhD, a professor of psychology at Saint Michael’s College in northern Vermont and the author of Not So Abnormal Psychology: A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness (2015), and Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement (2004).

In his talk, Dr. Miller will challenge the historical perception that mental illnesses are genetically-determined malfunctions in the brain, and that psychotropic medications and cognitive-behavioural interventions are the only scientifically appropriate tools for symptom management. Dr. Miller offers alternative conceptualizations and treatments for psychological problems, including mental illnesses and developmental disorders. He suggests that alternative treatment modes that have too often been denigrated or ignored have long produced successful outcomes. In doing so, Dr. Miller challenges reigning orthodoxies, such as our tendency to pathologize psychological difficulties and to downplay or ignore subjective experiences of human suffering

We hope you will join us in attending this lecture!