Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar 28 October

Alongside Psychosis: Alternatives to Psychiatric Admission

For more information and to book your place please visit  https://alongsidepsychosis.eventbrite.co.uk

Mar
11
Wed
2015
Peer-Supported Open Dialogue day conference
Mar 11 all-day

The Peer-supported Open Dialogue project is organising a free national conference on Peer-supported Open Dialogue (the UK’s first!) in central London on March 11th 2015.  Places can be reserved at www.peersopendialogue.com

*This event is now full and a waiting list has been established

Apr
16
Thu
2015
What is the future of UK psychiatry @ University of Nottingham
Apr 16 all-day

A One Day Conference organised by the UK Critical Psychiatry Network (University of Nottingham, 16th April 2015)

Following successful one day conferences in 2013 and 2014, and continuing concerns about the nature, provenance and consequences of contemporary psychiatric practice, The UK Critical Psychiatry Network has organised a further opportunity for psychiatrists to consider how their practices might develop.  There will also be ample opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues.  The conference will be preceded by a dinner on the evening of April 15th.  Overnight accommodation at the on-campus Orchards Hotel can be arranged.

Click here for Programme and Application Form

May
15
Fri
2015
OPEN DIALOGUE: Experience in the UK @ 54 St James Street
May 15 all-day
  • Why is interest in Open Dialogue growing so fast in the UK?
  • What is the experience of Open Dialogue actually like?
  • Is it relevant for you – should you be getting involved?

This is a day for anyone wanting answers to these questions, and suitable for professionals of all disciplines, those who commission services, people with personal experience of psychosis or family members, and anyone trying to support people experiencing psychosis.

Contributors:

Anna Arabyskj, Corrine Hendy, Mark Hopfenbeck, Marc Hudson, Yasmin Ishaq, Val Jackson, Catherine Kinane, Peter Kinderman & Russell Razzaque

As well as covering the principles of Open Dialogue, recent UK developments, and the planned UK wide research programme, speakers will talk about their personal experience of: dialogical practice as client, family member and practitioner; participating in Open Dialogue in Norway; participating in UK training in Open Dialogue, with perspectives from a peer support worker and a psychiatrist; obtaining funding for Open Dialogue developments in the current climate of austerity.

There will be opportunity for first hand experience of dialogical practice.

Please note: participant numbers will be limited to make this a worthwhile experience.

Download: ISPS UK Open Dialogue – May 2015 Final_web

DownloadOD draft programme 25 03 15

Fees

Discounted rates are available to ISPS UK members and groups of 4 or more from the same clinical team.

Subsidised rates are available to low waged (under 12k pa) ISPS UK members with personal experience of psychosis (self or family member).

A small number of free bursary places are also available for those eligible for subsidised rates. Please email admin@ispsuk.org for more information.

* No refunds for cancellations made after April 14th 2015 *

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Jul
11
Sat
2015
Walking Alongside? @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Navigating the tensions and opportunities for collaboration between lived and professional experience of psychosis.

10.00 – 4.30pm, Saturday 11 July 2015

@ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Contributors:

A mix of people with lived experience of psychosis, ‘carers’ and professionals who will speak from their own experience of these issues to stimulate frank, respectful and open discussion.

Download: Walking Alongside? Flyer | ISPS UK Walking Alongside Programme – Final_web

About:

Most of us would agree that we need to work together to create real and sustainable changes in those services that seek to support those with lived experience of psychosis and their loved ones. However, these collaborations can be hampered by underlying tensions that often go unspoken and unexplored.

This event provides a safe and inclusive space where we can respectfully hear from many different voices. Rather than filling the air with information, we want to create an opportunity for meaningful discussion stimulated by the input of people with varying types of experience. We want to openly explore a) what gets in the way of walking alongside one another and b) how can we address this?

Issues explored will include: language; power; risk; participation; culture; beliefs; rights; respect.

Fees

ISPS UK Members: Free (but we encourage people to consider making a donation to help us cover costs)

ISPS UK Non-Members (unwaged): £10

ISPS UK Non-Members (waged): £30

Book Your Place

Please see Walking Alongside? – Book Your Place Now to book online, or contact Ali on the details above.
Sep
11
Fri
2015
Peer-Supported Open Dialogue – Creative Conversations in the Mobilising of Social Networks @ Ashford International Hotel
Sep 11 @ 8:45 am – 4:45 pm

 

The conference aims to:

1) Set the scene for the introduction of Peer-Supported Open Dialogue in KMPT, as a treatment approach for people experiencing acute psychological crises such as psychosis.

2) Understand this movement in the context of the national and international development of Open Dialogue as an approach with a significant evidence base that sees families and wider support networks included in treatment from the first contact.

3) Highlight the research evidence that has been created over the last two decades and describe the current situation in which various Trusts around the country, including KMPT, are being recruited to undertake a national RCT research programme starting in 2016.

4) Think about how the philosophy of the Open Dialogue approach may influence the wider transformation of mental health services over time.

International Keynote Speaker

JAAKKO SEIKKULA –  Professor of Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Jaakko has been mainly involved in developing Family and Social Network based practices in psychiatry with psychosis and other severe crises. Since the early 80’s until 1998 he was a member of the team in Western Lapland in Finland for developing the comprehensive Open Dialogue approach, which Jaakko has since been studying both concerning the processes of dialogues and the outcomes in treatment of acute psychosis.

In the afternoon there will be other important speakers who will represent the viewpoints of those involved in the project, a discussion experience and a plenary.

Registration Details

Conference Fee – Free (including lunch and refreshments)

(Places will be available free of charge to Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Trust employees – allocated on a first come, first served basis)

Please see flyer for the application form and return asap to Learning and Development Department, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Priority House, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9PH. Tel: 01622 722193, Email: training@kmpt.nhs.uk

Download: Open Dialogue Conference Flyer

Sep
24
Thu
2015
Re-imagining Mental Health Nursing into the 21st Century @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exploring our role supporting people with psychosis.

10.00 – 4.30pm, Thursday 24 September 2015

@ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Contributors: Catherine Gamble, Carolyn Green, Lou Hamilton & Mark Earl

Download: ISPS UK Nursing Conference Flyer and Programme

Keynotes:

  • ‘The culture of nursing, compassionate care systems and psychosis’
  • Capitalising on the contribution of mental health nurses in psychosocial intervention implementation’
  • ‘Collaboration’

There are increasing calls for a paradigm shift in the way we deliver care for those who experience psychosis – moving from medical model understandings and treatment to a formulation based approach that draws on the individual’s lived experience.  Such a shift is a challenge, requiring a willingness to respect, attend to, explore and respond empathetically to the narrative of the carer and service user.

This conference will provide an opportunity to explore these challenges and identify the implications for mental health nursing practice in collaboration with our multi-disciplinary teams, service users and carers.

Combining keynote presentations with opportunities for group discussion, we hope to highlight the ‘lived experience’ of mental health nursing, with an emphasis on capturing the current reality for nurses in practice and exploring our evolving role and opportunities for future directions.

Fees

ISPS UK Members: £100

ISPS UK Non-Members: £125

Low-waged members*: £35

Low-waged non-members*: £50

Student Nurses: £25

* NHS Band 5 or below

Book Your Place

Please see Nursing Conference – Book Your Place Now to book online, or contact Ali on the details above.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ISPS UK OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR ANNUAL LEAVE FROM 8/8/15 until the end of the month.  Please book on-line.  You will receive automatic booking confirmation from PayPal straight away, this will then be followed by an ISPS UK booking confirmation at the beginning of September.  Any invoices requested will also be sent out early September.  If you have any queries about this conference in the meantime please contact Neil Thomas (neil.thomas@sompar.nhs.uk).Please note there will be no refund for cancellation within a month of the conference (August 23rd).  Up until that date partial refunds may be available (rates vary on when cancellations are made and an admin fee of £10 will always be deducted).
Sep
7
Wed
2016
Therapeutic Relationships: Challenges for Mental Health services and those who use them @ Peter Chalk Centre
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day

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 Flyer

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

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

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

We are now offering 1 day places. These can be purchased online using the form below.

  • ISPS UK Members – £130 (Standard)
  • Non-Members – £160 (Standard)
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £55

Those attending for a single day on Wednesday 7th September can choose to book a place at our conference dinner for £25.

*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 student members of ISPS UK, but students will need to apply to the ISPS UK office rather than booking directly on-line (please contact Ali at admin@ispsuk.org).  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 e-mail Ali for more information.

If you would like to contribute to the ISPS UK bursary fund please click here.

Book accommodation online: https://bookings.eventexeter.com

Please ensure you use booking code ISPS16 and select Holland Hall when booking your accommodation area. The website will state that the rooms are FULLY BOOKED but once you enter the booking code into the promotion box it will release the bedrooms that are on hold for ISPS and you will be able to book your accommodation.

Book conference on-line: ISPS UK Booking Page

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

Nov
26
Sat
2016
Trauma and Psychosis: perspectives on psychodynamics @ Amnesty International
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Trauma and psychosis: perspectives on psychodynamics

9.00 – 4.45pm, Saturday 26th November 2016

@ Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A

Contributors:  

Ann Scott, Brian Martindale, Carine Minne, Dirk Corstens, Dolly Sen, John Read, Jo Stubley, Rai Waddingham and Ruth Forrest

Download: ISPS UK Psychodynamic Conference Programme & Poster

It is widely accepted that trauma can increase the likelihood of someone experiencing psychosis. Yet, in a field that is continually evolving, there is no simple answer to the question of how best to help someone struggling with psychosis to work through their experiences in psychotherapy. This conference explores key issues in understanding and working with people who experience psychosis and the impact of traumatic life experiences. Reflecting the context that we live and work in, it will create a dialogue between those who practise psychodynamic psychotherapy and those who experience psychosis first-hand.

Click here to book your place online


Outline programme

9.00     REGISTRATION, COFFEE

9.30     Chair’s introduction – Ann Scott

Perspectives on Trauma

9.45    The Therapeutic Relationship: What stays unsaid – Dolly Sen

10.15  Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to trauma – Jo Stubley

10.45  Discussion with Dolly, Jo and conference participants

11.15    COFFEE

Perspectives on Psychosis

11.45    Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to psychosis – Carine Minne

12.15    ‘If you see me you’ll die’: Understanding beliefs of toxicity and their impact on psychotherapy – Rai Waddingham

1.15       LUNCH

2.00      Open Space: A chance for participants to select topics that interest them for further small group discussion

3.00      TEA

Perspectives on Voice-Hearing

3.15       Discovering New Ways of Working with Voices: Psychodynamics and the Hearing Voices Movement – a dialogue with Dirk Corstens

4.00     Brief reflections on the day by John Read, Ruth Forrest and Brian Martingale, followed by discussion between all speakers and participants

4.45       CLOSE


 Conference Fees

  • ISPS UK Members – £105
  • Non-Members – £125
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £31.50

*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 student members of ISPS UK, but students will need to apply to the ISPS UK office rather than booking directly on-line (please contact Ali at admin@ispsuk.org).  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 e-mail Ali for more information.

If you would like to contribute to the ISPS UK bursary fund please click here.

For cancellations received more than one month before the date of the conference a 50% refund  will be offered; after this refunds will not be possible. However if you are unable to attend for any reason we are happy for you to send someone else in your place.

If you need an invoice, please include your purchase number in the email. This will make it much easier to find the necessary information.

Please contact Ali at admin@ispsuk.org to find out more about subsidised and/or bursary places.


Book Your Place Online

Jul
31
Tue
2018
Compassion & Compulsion: exploring the tensions faced by service users & clinicians when people experience psychosis. @ St Cuthbert's Church
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Pilgrim will do a presentation about the issues faced by mental health services when using coercion. Jen Kilyon and Neil Caton will then give a response to the paper after which we will open up to questions and comments from the audience.

David Pilgrim is Honorary Professor of Health and Social Care, University of Liverpool and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton. He has published extensively in the field of mental health policy.

Jen Kilyon campaigns for genuine informed choice in mental health care where those who need it can be in a safe place that is right for them. She promotes respectful non-judgemental and family/network inclusive approaches to psychosis such as Open Dialogue. Jen is an ISPSUK and Soteria Network Trustee and helped to set up the first Soteria House in the UK.

Neil Caton has lived experience of psychosis and has several experiences of being admitted to psychiatric unit, one of which was compulsory. He will explore his experience of these admissions.

Neil has worked as an involvement worker for the early intervention service. He has been an ISPS trustee for 5 years and runs a hearing voices and paranoia group in Chorley.

Jan
24
Fri
2020
Children, Young People and Psychosis: beyond Early Intervention @ The Human Rights Action Centre
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

When it comes to children, young people and psychosis, there is an urgent need to come together to reflect on new and innovative approaches, both alongside and beyond specialist mental health services.

This conference will focus on more creative and therapeutic practices, beyond NICE guidelines, a more systems perspective, with families, social networks, education and the community, and a wider approach. We will also be asking what trauma-informed services for children and young people would look like, and how we might create them together.

The event will provide an opportunity to bring together and create dialogue between a number of people: therapeutic practitioners, parents, young people, researchers, and professionals from education, care, social services and the voluntary sector.

Speakers include:

Sophie Allan Sophie is a trainee clinical psychologist at the University of East Anglia. She is also an expert by experience. Sophie has published papers in the field of Early Intervention in Psychosis, including an account of her own psychotic episode and a book chapter on experiences which are sometimes described as delusions.

Anne Cooke Principal Lecturer in the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology and (jointly with Louise Goodbody) Clinical Director of its Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

Sheena Dean Sheena Dean is a visual artist, healer, Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP) and founder of new grassroots user led organisation Pioneer LXP (www.pioneerlxp.co.uk)

Lucy Fernandes Lucy leads on Voice Collective, a project at Mind in Camden that supports young people who hear voices, and their families.

Jenny Kowalczuk Jenny works in health policy as an independent qualitative researcher. A self-employed single mum, her daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder when she was 14 and three years later was admitted to hospital under section following a psychotic episode. Since then her daughter has been admitted into acute care three more times, has spent more time in hospital than out and is currently an inpatient. Jenny brings a unique perspective as both a mother and a health researcher.

Charlie Mackenzie-Nash Charlie is an autistic young person, a CAMHS Service User Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Care Experienced Youth Commissioner for LGBT Scotland. Their interests include children and young people’s rights, homelessness and mental health.

Sarah Parry  Sarah is a clinical psychologist working with trauma-informed children’s services and a Practice Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

John Richardson John is a filmmaker who specialises in creating films around the subject of mental health and hosts a podcast called ‘coffee and psychosis’.

Rai Waddingham Rai is a freelance international trainer and consultant specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states