4th DINNER MEETING-April 19, 2018
Love and Mercy:
The Conservatorship of Brian Wilson
Beach Boy Brian Wilson is considered by many to be one of America’s true musical geniuses. Even George Martin, producer of the Beatles, has said that Brian Wilson was able to challenge everything he and Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr collectively accomplished. However, few know the story of how Wilson slipped into mental illness and drug addiction in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, only to be saved by a Ph.D psychologist who himself nearly destroyed Wilson. In 1989 Brian Wilson’s family and the Beach Boys initiated a conservatorship proceeding in Santa Monica, California, to rescue Wilson from his savior. This session will examine Brian Wilson’s genius and severe mental illness, and how the guardianship/conservatorship process returned Wilson to a healthy and productive lifestyle and musical career. The highlight of the session is archival video, interviews, and photographs, as well as the music of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson as a solo artist.
Attendees of this session will learn the following objectives:
1) The variable nature of schizoaffective disorder and the negative consequences of improper treatment, even by skilled professionals.
2) The consequences of violation of ethical boundaries by friends, family, and treatment professionals in a fiduciary relationship of trust with a vulnerable person with mental illness.
3) The positive impact that legal intervention through a conservatorship proceeding can have by legally separating perpetrators of abuse and exploitation from a vulnerable person with mental illness, and the ethical obligation to limit and eventually terminate the judicial intervention when the conservatorship is no longer required.
4) The devastating impact of untreated mental illness on persons of immense talent and ability, and the enrichment to persons with mental illness and society as a whole when a constructive approach is taken to properly treating mental illness.