Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar

Fiction about Psychosis: Impact, ethics, effects

Jasper Gibson and Jacqui Dillon, In conversation.

Wednesday 19 May, 8pm – 9pm via zoom.

An ISPS Webinar supported by Hearing the Voice, Durham University.

Fiction is at the heart of human culture. Now is a perfect moment to ask what we need from it, and our storytellers. – Nathan Filer, Asylum (winter 2020) p 11.

Jasper Gibson’s The Octopus Man is a novel about a man called Tom who hears the voice of the Octopus God, Malamock. It is a novel about surviving what gets called psychosis and surviving society’s response to it. It is a novel about sisters and friends, about psychiatric incarceration and medication, about tests of faith and lines of flight.

What challenges do writers and readers of fiction face when it comes to stories about madness?

Jacqui Dillon – activist, survivor and consultant on The Octopus Man – joins Jasper Gibson to discuss how this novel came into being and to explore some of the questions it poses around ethics and imagination, literary license and personal and political responsibilities.

Jacqui Dillon  is an activist, writer and public speaker and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, hearing voices, psychosis, dissociation and healing. Jacqui has co-edited 3 books has published numerous articles and papers and is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. In 2017, Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology by the University of East London.

Jasper Gibson was born and bred in Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He now lives in East Sussex and is the author of one previous novel, A Bright Moon for Fools. Jasper has been writing professionally for over twenty years for magazines, TV, and online. He is the co-founder of thepoke.co.uk, and co-creator of the satirical chat show ‘Tonight… With Vladimir Putin’.

Their conversation will be introduced by Angela Woods, ISPS Trustee, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University and Co-Director of Hearing the Voice.

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Sep
17
Wed
2014
Residential 14: From Diagnosis to Dialogue @ Stamford Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester
Sep 17 @ 9:15 am – Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm

The ISPS Residential Conference takes place every two years and is a great opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking in research and practice that supports psychological approaches to working with people experiencing psychosis.

Speakers include: Arnhild Lauveng, Marius Romme, Rachel Waddingham, Lucy Johnstone, John Read, Philip Thomas & Jaakko Siekkula

In particular there will be a focus on:

  • New and emerging approaches: open dialogue, mindfulness, recovery colleges, peer support, voice dialogue etc.);
  • The tensions and controversies surrounding new ideas and established practice;
  • The changing role of the voluntary sector;
  • The challenges of implementing emerging research based psycho-social practice.

Download: ISPS UK Residential 2014 Conference and Programme – Revised 04.08.14

Fees

Type Non-residential Residential Single Day Notes
ISPS UK Member £259 £313 £154 For current members of ISPS UK
ISPS UK Non-Member £319 £373 £184
Subsidised: Members £109 £163 £55 ISPS UK members who are service users, carers or on low wages (under £12K pa)
Subsidised: Non-members £119 £173 £65 As above, but for non-members

Book Your Place

We are taking bookings through Leicester University’s Shop@Le facility. Please view our Shop@Le site and choose the options that best suit your needs.

To enquire about reduced fee and bursary places and for more information please email Ali at admin@ispsuk.org.

Cancellation charges (percentage of total booking fee):

16+ weeks (up to May 26th) 10%
8-15 weeks (up to July 21st) 20%
4-7 weeks (up to August 18th) 40%
1-3 weeks (up to September 8th) 60%
Less than 1 week before 80%

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
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).