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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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