Adi Hasanbašić (BA): Radio Therapy

There are two kinds of radio: within and outside a psychiatric clinic. When it is situated within the clinic, the radio is an aspect of therapy unlimited by time or other therapeutic procedures. Outside the clinic, it becomes a gathering space, a space where ideas are exchanged and therapeutic work extended. The radio becomes a refuge for people who are lonely in the way they perceive the world, a place that enables their voice to be heard, without meeting with judgment or misapprehension. Chosen by participants themselves, the topics vary according to their individual interests: hobbies, sports, reading, singing their own songs, etc. In this way, participants reveal their ideas and perspectives; dark, emotional, or childish impulses they try to overcome or channel through creative expression.

Each show is documented on tape and allows each participant an individual segment (5-10 min in duration) where he/she can reconstruct his/her identity. While on air, an individual is able to communicate to the person that caused or is linked to his/her trauma, which is an important therapeutic breakthrough. In the case of a live on air program and listener feedback, the individual enters the reality dimension of the listener and reconnects with the real world. Radio helps participants to question their views on madness, allow more insight to it and a possible solution.

The workshop in Zagreb is imagined as a pilot project, open to all interested participants, and possibly resulting in creating a permanent radio programme in the future.

Radio therapy workshop

1. Intro (10 minutes): information on the concept of the radio show – to confront discrimination and stigmatization of the already marginalized community of psychiatric patients

2. Participant introductions (10 minutes): self-introduction of participants (by real name or pseudonym), occupation, their connection to psychiatry

3. Discussion (30 minutes): discussing experiences and struggles with mental health issues, views on pharmacotherapy, involuntary hospitalization, contemporary psychiatric methods, patient-doctor relations, communication and family support, sex life, views on anti-psychiatry, communication within the psychiatric departments, etc.

4. Individual segments (30 minutes): each participant has chooses the title and subject of his/her segment – personal experiences, stories, music, poems, etc.

5. Guest (10 minutes): inviting a professional from the field of psychiatry gives the participants the opportunity to reverse the traditional doctor-patient power roles

6. Final thoughts (5 minutes): impressions on the program, opinions on this kind of communications and the impact it has on their audience

Questions by the listeners (10 minutes): immensely important due to feedback and the confirmation that the show was listened, supported, and fulfilled the expectations of the participants.

Adi Hasanbašić (BA)

Adi Hasanbašić graduated in psychology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Sarajevo. His main interests are clinical psychology, psychiatry and anti-psychiatry. During his studies he intensively volunteered in numerous associations and institutions in Bosnia: “The big brother, big sister” program, he spent 6 months volunteering in various clubs for former alcoholics, he was a psychologist at the “Safe House” for women victims of domestic abuse, and a psychologist volunteer at the Psychiatric clinic of the University clinical center Koševo in Sarajevo where he received training in sociotherapy and psych-diagnostics.