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15 AND 16 NOVEMBER 2017

BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX

A Two-Day Conference organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland

REGISTRATION

To book a place, email Harry Gijbels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 15 November, Thursday 16 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

The conference aims to explore and debate critical perspectives on and beyond:

-What do we understand by ‘better’ mental health services?  

-Do we need mental health services at all? If so, what should they look like? If not, what other ways are there?

-The politics of changing mental health services

 

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Oor Mad History, a group of people with lived experience/mad identified, mad positive academics and mental health advocacy workers from Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Jim van Os, Professor of Psychiatry at Utrecht Medical Centre (UMC), The Netherlands, interested and active in mental health care reform.

Diana Rose, mental health service user and Professor of User-Led Research at King’s College London.  

Jolijn Santegoeds, a user/survivor of psychiatry, and founder of a protest group in the Netherlands called "Rage against Isolation!"

Iseult Twamley, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Open Dialogue Clinical Lead for Cork/Kerry, where she has been involved with the Irish Open Dialogue project.   

Jay Watts is a consultant clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and activist, who has written widely about neoliberalism and the politics around mental health.  

 

Concurrent Sessions: the conference also includes just under 50 workshops and oral presentations, related to the conference theme.

 

Full Conference programme can be found here

 

BACKGROUND

This conference, now in its 9th year, is unique as it is free for all participants and it 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. The 2010 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.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

The following link takes you to a campus map (for guidance to Brookfield) and the visitors' parking facilities: https://www.ucc.ie/en/visitors/maps/

Two very close and reasonably priced car parking places (± €5 for the day) outside UCC are:

  • the car park next to the Kingsley Hotel (not the hotel’s car park) on the Carrigrohane Road. It is about a 15 min walk from there to Brookfield, walking east towards the Western Gate Building (WGB) on the Western Road, and from there over the footbridge at the back of WGB to Brookfield.

  • the carpark on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Church, located on the corner of Western Road opposite Mardyke Walk (across the road from the AIB bank). From there cross road towards the Western Gateway Building and from there over the footbridge at the back of WGB to Brookfield.

Those of you who may require accommodation, see www.uccconferencing.ie/walking-distance/

 

The Conference organisers are Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels (retired), Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.