Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar 25 November 2020

2.00pm-3.30pm GMT

Dismantling the master’s house*: becoming anti-racist

In this webinar, our panel will explore the subject of institutional racism within the mental health system.

Acknowledging the longstanding inequities, exploring how systemic racism impacts people’s lives, and asking whether the system can be reformed?

In the wake of this year’s widespread protests, and the continued work of the Black Lives Matter movement, there is increased urgency to address how the systems, services, ideologies, and institutions that make up our mental health system, contribute to the oppression of racialised people.

Themes the webinar will touch upon: Have 2020’s massive uprisings changed the landscape? How does anti-racism relate to ‘psychosis’ and the mental health system more broadly? Can mental health services be decolonised?

There will be time for questions to the panel.

We will also be launching a documentary film project which ISPSUK is proud to be supporting, emerging from our 2018 conference on psychosis and institutional racism. This will be the first time the trailer has been screened publicly. The film is a hard hitting documentary examining structural racism in the UK mental health system. Told from a social justice perspective.

*’Dismantling the master’s house’ refers to a quote from Audrey Lorde, who described herself as a ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’. The quote reads “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”.

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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 (

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