Finding Meaning in Psychosis Early Intervention Services Conference 2014 Summary Of The Event

On Friday March 7th 2014 we ran a national Early Intervention Service conference called Finding Meaning in "Psychosis".

The conference provided an opportunity to explore:

  • how we understand and make sense of “psychotic” experiences
  • best practice in early intervention responses that help people and those close to them cope with these experiences, learn from them and thrive
  • the interactions, treatments and ideas that make a positive difference to people’s lives and how we make sure that these are offered with openness and transparency
  • interventions and treatments that early intervention services could deliver and how they might continue to develop

The conference highlighted the debate that challenges the validity of ‘mental illness’ diagnosis and questions whether the idea of “mental illness” is useful in driving innovation.

The event was funded and run by Public Health Wales and Powys Associaton of Voluntary Organisations.

You can access the poster from the event in English here and in Welsh here

You can download a flyer here.

Chair Jo Mussen - Welcome and Introductions

Jo Mussen (Powys Teaching Health Board), Laura Gallagher (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisatons), Sami Timimi, Lucy Johnstone, Eleanor Longden, Euan Hails

Jo Mussen, Vice Chair of Powys Teaching Health Board, started the conference for us with welcome and introductions.

You can watch her introduction to the conference here.

Speaker: Euan Hails

Dr. Euan Hails - Clinical Lead Psychosis and Recovery & National FEP Lead, Wales, Hywel Dda Health Board. You can watch his talk here.

Euan's presentation aimed to:

  • To look at evidence for EI Services
  • To touch on service provision and developments in Wales

You can access his slides from the day here.  

You can also find out more about his work click here. 

Speaker: Sami Timimi

Dr Sami Timimi - No More Psychiatric Labels;  Working Beyond Diagnosis.  You can watch Sami's talk here.

You can access the slides from his talk here.

Sami is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln, UK.

He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to mental health and has published over a hundred articles and tens of chapters on many subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry.  More here.

Speaker: Eleanor Longden

Eleanor Longden is an award-winning postgraduate researcher with a specialist interest in psychosis, trauma, and dissociation.

She is a three times TED speaker, a trustee of Intervoice: The International Network for Training, Education, and Research into Hearing Voices and Soteria Network UK, and has lectured and published internationally on promoting creative, person-centred approaches to understanding and recovering from psychosis.

She is the author of Learning from the Voices in my Head (TED Books, New York: 2013).  You can access this here

Unfortunately Eleanor's slides from the day can not be shared and we did not have permission to film her talk.  However you can hear Eleanor talk here

Speaker: Lucy Johnstone

Presentation:  Psychological formulation in ‘psychosis’.  You can watch her talk here.

You can access her slides from the conference here.

Dr Lucy Johnstone - consultant clinical psychologist and the author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (2nd edition Routledge 2013) along with a number of other publications taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice.   More here.

Dr Johnstone's conference presentation has been promoted on the Global Summit of Diagnostic Alternatives' website - A Global Platform for Rethinking Mental Health. The Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives (GSDA) is currently a joint initiative of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Humanistic Psychology and the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. More here.

Questions and Answers Session

Watch the questions and answers session with Euan Hails, Lucy Johnstone and Sami Timimi here.

Workshop and Discussion Group

At the end of the conference there was an opportunity for people to discuss what they had heard and think about how we might act based on our learning.

More coming soon.

Closing Remarks and Wrap Up Session

You can watch the closing remarks from the conference here.

Euan Hails (Clinical Lead Psychosis and Recovery & National FEP Lead, Wales), Jo Mussen (Powys Teaching Health Board), Barbara Bowness (Public Health Wales) and Laura Gallagher (PAVO)

Feedback from the conference

Coming soon.  For further information contact pamhinfo(at)pavo.org.uk or call 01597 822191.

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