CATHERINE MCAULEY SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND AND

CRITICAL VOICES NETWORK IRELAND CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

‘MEDICATING HUMAN DISTRESS: CONCERNS, CRITIQUES AND SOLUTIONS’
16 AND 17 NOVEMBER 2011, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND This critical perspectives conference, now in its 3rd year, has as its focus the over-reliance of psychopharmacology as the main response to human distress. The conference offers opportunities to consider:  the use of medication as the dominant response to distress in mental health care  medication withdrawal concerns, strategies and solutions  creative and enabling non-medicated ways of working. This two-day conference is unique as it is free for all participants and involves people from diverse backgrounds (self experience, survivors, professionals, academics, carers) presenting, discussing and debating critical and creative perspectives on and beyond the dominant bio-medical approach. Last year’s conference saw the launch of the Critical Voices Network Ireland (CVNI), a network of people interested in considering and developing responses to human distress, which are creative, enabling, respectful and firmly grounded in human rights. The conference will include an open forum to discuss the ongoing work of the CVNI. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Jacqui Dillon (who will give the opening address) Anna Emmanouilidou: Clinical Psychologist, PhD, MsC, Writer, national Chair of the Hearing Voices Network, Hellenic Mental Health and Research Centre, Greek Director of Intervoice, Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Observatory for human rights in the mental health Psychology, University of East London, voice hearer, field, Greece author of Experiencing Psychosis, England Peter Lehmann: Publisher, author of Coming off Eleanor Longden: Voice hearer, PhD research student, psychiatric drugs and Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry, coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee, social scientist, Honorary Doctor (Thessaloniki, Greece), England survivor of psychiatry, Germany Terry Lynch: Medical doctor and psychotherapist, specialist in mental health Recovery, author of Selfhood, Beyond Prozac, and the forthcoming Mental Wellness Book Series, Ireland Sami Timimi: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Visiting Professor, University of Lincoln, founder of the International Critical Psychiatry Network and of the 'No More Psychiatric Labels' Campaign, author of A Straight-talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems, England

Call for Workshop Presentations: We are now inviting workshop presenters to submit an abstract (in Word) of 250 words max, broadly related to the conference focus, outlining the aims of and intentions for the workshop. keynote addresses and workshop presentations are of 45 minutes’ duration. The deadline for abstract submission is 16 September 2010. The conference programme and registration details will follow. Please email abstracts to l.sapouna@ucc.ie. Queries to h.gijbels@ucc.ie or l.sapouna@ucc.ie. We look forward to hear from you. The Conference organisers are Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland.

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