The panel will each give a twenty minute talk about the challenges and successes in regard to placing psychosocial approaches to psychosis at the heart of health and social care. Then we will open the dicussion up to the audience for debate and dicussion.
The panel members are as follows:
Jill Hemmington has worked in mental health services for around 30 years and now works at the University of Central Lancashire where she teaches Mental Health Social Work and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training. She practices as an AMHP (carrying out Mental Health Act (MHA) assessments) and is currently undertaking research around service users’ involvement and the potential for Shared Decision Making within MHA assessments and hospital detention. Jill is particularly interested in beliefs about ‘capacity’, ‘insight’ and ‘consent’ where individuals are experiencing psychosis.
Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the Founder of Bhor Foundation, an Indian charity, which is active in mental health advocacy, the trauma informed approach, and enabling other choices to heal apart from or in addition to the biomedical model. She advocates Poetry as Therapy and is working on a few initiatives, both in the UK and India, taking this into prisons and asylums. Jhilmil also heads a team leading Mad in Asia Pacific; this is an online e-zine magazine working for better rights, justice and inclusion for people with psychosocial disability in the Asia Pacific region. She is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing in the UK. For the last three years, she has also been leading an online poetry as therapy group for women recovering from domestic violence. Her debut poetry collection, Reclamation Song, was published in May 2018. She tweets at @jhilmilspirit.
Helen Spandler is Professor of Mental Health Studies at the UCLan and the managing editor of Asylum: the radical mental health magazinehttp://asylummagazine.org/. She is the author and editor of many books and articles in the field of mental health – mostly recently, for example,Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement (Policy Press). Helen has had significant experience trying to support family members and friends through periods of psychosis and breakdown. She is committed learning from psychiatric survivors and finding alternatives to conventional mental health systems.
This is a talk for people interested in exploring experiences of “mental illness” outside of a traditional medical model framework. Those of us who are more sensitive and tend towards extreme experiences have abilities that can be cultivated into gifts.
Sascha Altman DuBrul is the co-founder of the Icarus Project (www.theicarusproject.net), a network of peer based mental health support groups and media project that is actively redefining the language and culture of mental health and illness. He has a Masters in Social Work and worked from 2016-2019 as a Recovery Specialist and Trainer at Columbia’s Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is currently the Training Director for the Institute for the Development of Human Arts (www.idha-nyc.org) He is the co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, Friends Make the Best Medicine: A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks, and the author of Maps to the Other Side: The Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer. Sascha’s intellectual and creative interests lie at the intersection of the public mental heath system and the Mad Underground. (www.mapstotheotherside.net)
Sascha will be doing a talk and then we will have questions from the audience followed by a group discussion.
The venue is in central Manchester. There is a pay for car park close by and is walking distance from Victoria Station.
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Event in association with Asylum Magazine and CCrAMHP
A one day conference organised by ISPS UK Southcoast Network in collaboration with Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices Brighton and the Spiritual Crisis Network Brighton
This ticketed event is open to practitioners, people with lived experience of psychosis, families, carers, academics, researchers and anyone with an interest in the subject of psychosis.
The first event of its kind for the South Coast, this one-day conference initiated and promoted by ISPS UK South Coast Network in collaboration with local organisations including Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices Brighton, and the Spiritual Crisis Network Brighton. It is hoped that this conference will be the beginning of a regular Annual South Coast Network Conference programme. The conference is part of the National ISPS UK post-Liverpool Congress Strategy of ‘keeping psycho-social approaches at the heart of the NHS’.
Our guest speaker in the morning is Professor John Read, a highly regarded and internationally acclaimed academic and clinical psychologist/researcher whose research areas include the psycho-social causes of psychosis and psychological treatment for persons with psychosis (a term which includes persons diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’).
Our second guest speaker in the afternoon is Sascha Altman DuBrulwho is here in the UK on a speaking tour during the summer and is willing to share his expertise with us. Sascha is an educationalist and activist from the radical advocacy movement in the USA who is a highly regarded campaigner for the promotion of alternatives in mental health and is one of the founders of the Icarus Project.
The programme will be complemented by an alternating series of morning and afternoon workshops showcasing the work of local and regional organisations featuring Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices Brighton, the Spiritual Crisis Network and the Kent Open Dialogue Service. The workshops will also provide an opportunity to reflect upon and explore the nature of psychosis and approaches to ‘being with’ psychosis.
Registration open at 9.00am.
Please note that coffee on registration, mid morning and afternoon is included in the conference fee but delegates are advised to make their own arrangements for lunch. There are many eateries in the vicinity and there are a number of park/garden areas for picnic lunches. The Brighthelm Centre also has a good cafe serving food and drinks.
Please be advised that parking is limited and available only on a pay per hour/day basis in and around the vicinity of the venue. Delegates are advised to use public transport where available. The venue is a convenient 2 – 3 minute walk from Brighton mainline station.