Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar 25 November

2.00pm-3.30pm GMT

Dismantling the master’s house*

In this webinar, our panel of speakers will present, discuss, and take questions around the subject of institutional racism within the mental health system.  With a focus on what that means in a time of global and righteous uprising.

We will also be announcing the launch of a documentary film project we’re supporting, which emerged following on from our 2018 conference on psychosis and institutional racism.

We are delighted to confirm that we’ll be joined by Suman Fernando, retired consultant psychiatrist who has been actively involved in both statutory mental health services and non-governmental organisations concerned with mental health in the UK.  Suman is also author of several books on ‘race and culture in mental health’ published between 1988 and 2018, including ‘Institutional racism in psychiatry and clinical psychology’ (2017) and co-editor of ‘Global Psychologies: Mental health in the Global South’ (2018).  Now Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University.

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

More details on speakers and tickets coming soon.

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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