Events & Conferences

ISPS UK Residential Conference 2016 @ Peter Chalk Centre
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day

Therapeutic Relationships: Challenges for Mental Health services and those who use them

Wednesday 7th – Thursday 8th September 2016

@ Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Contributors: Gwen AdsheadMarcus Evans, Suman Fernando, Mark Hopfenbeck, Eleanor Longden, Rose McCabe, Silje Marie Strandberg & Lone Viste Fagerland.

Download: ISPS UK Residential 2016 Conference Flyer

Download: ISPS UK Residential 2016 Call for Papers

NICE guidelines recommend ‘best practice’ based on a ‘model’ of care. However there is considerable evidence that the therapeutic relationship is as important if not more so than the approach used. Experts by experience, family members, friends and professionals from multiple and varied backgrounds come together to consider the importance of the therapeutic relationship throughout the lived experience of psychosis.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Personal accounts of what can help/hinder the development of therapeutic relationships
  • How organisations can help/hinder the development of therapeutic relationships
  • Specific difficulties in this area experienced by members of black and minority ethnic groups
  • Open Dialogue approaches
  • Compassion – for others, ourselves and our experiences
    Attachment theory – how this may help us understand relationships

In addition to speaker led sessions there will be a full programme of workshops and paper/research presentations covering a wide range of topics relevant to the conference theme. If you are interested in presenting then look out for the call for papers and workshop abstracts later on this autumn.

Book Your Place (Early Bird Deadline 30/4/16)

Conference fees (accommodation not included and can be booked separately by following the link below)

  • ISPS UK Members – £210 (Early Bird), £260 (Standard)
  • Non-Members – £260 (Early Bird), £320 (Standard)
  • *Subsidised Rate, for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £105

*Subsidised rates are limited.  As well as offering these places to those listed above, we may be in a position to allocate a few subsidised rates to students but students will need to apply to the ISPS UK office rather than booking directly on-line (please contact Ali at  Those with lived experience and their families may book directly on-line.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for low-waged (<£12K) ISPS UK members with personal experience of psychosis (either themselves or a family member) who have not recently benefited from a bursary place at one of our conference.

Please contact Ali to find out more –

Book accommodation on-line

Book conference on-line

Please note cancellation charges:
Up to June 30th – £25 admin charge
July 1st – August 9th – 65%
August 10th onwards – 100%