ISPS UK webinar series
A New Mental Health Act? What Needs to Change
Our webinar series continues on 25 February, 19.00-20.30 GMT.
Our panel of speakers will discuss what they feel needs to change in the Act, from professional and lived experience. For more information and to book your place, please visit
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There is an online bookstall associated with this webinar. The bookstall has been set up to sell books associated with the subject matter of the webinar. Many of the titles are offered at a reduced price especially for the webinar, and more titles are being added. To visit the bookstall please click here: ** ISPS WEBINAR – A New Mental Health Act? What needs to change….. ** Archives – Psychological Therapy Books
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.
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: email@example.com
Download: Open Dialogue Conference Flyer
30 August – 3 September
@ University of Liverpool
Parallel sessions: Schedule
Download: ISPS International Flyer
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2016
Deadline for Early Bird Bookings: 31 January 2017.
Plenary speakers include: Jacqui Dillon, Jim van Os, Kwame McKenzie, Alison Brabban, Grainne Fadden, Rachel Waddingham, Svein Friis, Jon Vidar Stromstad and Anne Berit Eie Torbjornsen.
Can a conference be a catalyst for change? It is exactly this wish that inspired the title and theme of the 2017 ISPS international congress.
Sadly this is a wish born out of frustration. Attitudes, practices and services too often seem barely touched by the steadily developing understanding of psychological and social aspects of psychosis and of what is helpful for people who experience it. So we aim for this conference to be not only about the valuable sharing of new research, ideas and developments, but also, as in the title, about making real change happen. The large number of organizations who have given their support to this conference can be seen here.
We are delighted to be meeting in the exciting city of Liverpool. Carl Jung saw it as ‘the pool of life’ and we hope its rich heritage (not just football and music!) will make it an energizing setting for a conference thinking about change. More information about the social programme will be available soon and meanwhile take a look at these ideas.
Delegates at previous international conferences have often commented on how ISPS events stand out. They point to the unique mix of opportunities not only to learn from high quality presentations, but also to join a rich dialogue between people with a wealth of experience and expertise, a fertile mix of professionals from a wide range of disciplines, and people whose experience and expertise comes through personal experience of psychosis.
ISPS conferences have also traditionally been warm and welcoming gatherings, where people go away feeling inspired and reinvigorated. We hope this one will be no exception and look forward very much to welcoming you to Liverpool in August 2017.
Alison Summers, Chair of ISPS 2017 organizing committee
Jan Olav Johannessen, Chair of ISPS
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.
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