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Event: Other Psychotherapies – Across Time, Space, and Cultures (April, 2017: Glasgow, UK)

Event: Other Psychotherapies – Across Time, Space, and Cultures

Date: Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th April 2017

Location: Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LQ (UK)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Claudia Lang, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich: ‘Theory and practice in Ayurvedic psychotherapy’
  • Dr Chiara Thumiger, Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick: ‘Therapies of the word in ancient medicine’
  • Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh, Psychology, University of Northampton: ‘Anomalous experiences and mental health’
  • Dr Jennifer Lea, Geography, University of Exeter: ‘Building “A Mindful Nation”? The use of mindfulness meditation in educational, health and criminal justice settings’

The Wellcome Trust-funded conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’ brings contemporary Western expertise into dialogue with psychotherapeutic approaches from ‘other’ spatially, historically or otherwise ‘distant’ cultures. Having confirmed the programme of speakers for the event, we are delighted to announce that general registration is now open.

Registration: Registration costs £40 for general admittance, and £15 for students/service users. Ticket price includes attendance at the conference on 3rd-4th April 2017, including lunch and refreshments on both days, and a buffet dinner on Mon 3rd April.

  • To register, and to see our full programme of speakers, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Please email the organisers at arts-otherpsychs@glasgow.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Organising Committee:

  • Dr Gavin Miller (Chair), Medical Humanities Research Centre/English Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Sofia Xenofontos, Classics, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ross White, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool
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Event: Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice: An interdisciplinary conversation (Jan 2014: Sheffield)

You are invited to register for an exciting, cross-disciplinary one-day conference:

Diagnosis in educational and psychological practice: an interdisciplinary conversation

…which will be held at The University of Sheffield on Monday 12th January 2015, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

The event has been organised through collaboration between Tony Williams (Educational Psychology), Harriet Cameron (Specialist Teaching in SpLD/ Dyslexia) and Alex Young (Clinical Psychology), and as such it brings together a range of perspectives on the uses and abuses of diagnosis from related, but often very separate fields of practice in education and psychology.

The main purpose of this event is to provide a critical space for attendees to explore some of the different ways in which diagnosis is experienced, to reflect upon the medicalisation of labelling in education and psychology, and to critically interrogate the assumptions they might have in this area. Through these conversations, it is hoped that we will address some of the challenges and paradoxes we face around medicalisation in the practice of specialist teaching and psychology, and that we will leave the conference with a greater awareness of the roles we play in (re)producing particular concepts of difference and difficulty.

If you are a specialist teacher, a mental health specialist, a researcher in a related field, a user of specialist SpLD or mental health services, an educational psychologist, a student in a related discipline, a clinical psychologist, a needs assessor, or a disability advisor, this conference is likely to be of interest to you.

The draft programme is attached. Precise titles for talks and workshops will be confirmed nearer the time.

To book your place, please go to http://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=10&catid=119&prodid=333

You will need the password ‘diagnosis’ when purchasing your ticket. The tickets should be available now, but please try a little later if you find they are not yet up. There may be a short delay.

The cost is £20/ £15 concessions, and includes refreshments and lunch. The venue is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any additional requirements.

We expect this event to be very popular, so if you would like to attend, please book your place as soon as possible.

For more information: contact Harriet Cameron on h.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk

 

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Event at the Centre for Understanding Social Practices – Public Seminar

Event:  Public Seminar at the Centre for Understanding Social Practices

Theme: Re-thinking social practices and social theory: new knowledge for identity, community and childhood

When: 5pm on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Where: in The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

Launching 3 new publications from members of University of the West of England’s Centre for Understanding Social Practices (CUSP) and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Research Institute for Health and Social Change, this seminar will offer introductory comments, a short presentation, and an audience discussion of:

1. Tillie Curran and Katherine Runswick-Cole (eds)’s ‘Disabled children’s childhood studies: Critical approaches in a global context’

2. Liz Frost and Stuart McClean’s ‘Thinking about the life-course: A psychosocial introduction’

3. Billie Oliver and Bob Pitt’s ‘Engaging communities and service users: Context, themes and methods’

Followed by a drinks reception.

Register now.

Cost: Free
Contact: Eleri Heathcote
E-mail: eleri.heathcote@uwe.ac.uk

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Event: Learning Disability & Ethnicity Conference

Learning Disability & Ethnicity Conference

When: 28th March 2014

Where: London, UK (at the Osmani Trust, Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London, E1 5AW)

This one day conference will critically examine the role of Ethnicity and its impact on Learning Disability and consider themes, perspectives and debates surroundings this area, so we can become more inclusive of these factors in practice and service delivery.

This one day conference will bring together clinicians who have experience in providing health and social care interventions across fields.  Learning points and good practice will be shared. The challenges experienced and possible limitations will also discussed via anonymised case vignettes.

Programme of the Day

  • 9.00 – 9.20: Registration, Tea and Coffee
  • 9.20 – 9.40: Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw (Chair & Introduction) ~ Double Discrimination: A Race Against Time for People with Learning Disabilities from BME Communities.
  • 9.40 – 10.30: Professor Eric Emerson ~ Ethnicity & Learning Disability: A Public Health Perspective.
  • 10.30 – 11.20: Dr. Sabiha Azmi ~ Developing and Delivering Psychological services for Adults with Learning Disabilities from Minority Ethnic Communities: A Case Study.
  • 11.20 – 11.40: Tea & Coffee
  • 11.40 – 12.30: Bridget Fisher ~ What Would Make A Difference? Listening and Responding to The Views of People with Learning Disabilities From Ethnic Minorities and Their Family Carers.
  • 12.30 – 12.50: Morning Q & A
  • 12.50 – 1.50: Lunch & Networking
  • 1.50 – 2.40: Professor Raghu Raghavan ~ Ethnicity and Learning Disability: Research and Its Implications For Policy and Practice.
  • 2.40 – 3.00: Tea & Coffee 
  • 3.00 – 3.50: Professor Sab Bhaumik ~ “Mind the Gap” – Accessing Psychiatric Services for Minority Ethnic Adults with Learning Disability: The Problems and The Solutions.
  • 3.50 – 4.10: Afternoon Q&A
  • 4.10 – 4.30: Plenary, Closure & Evaluation sheets

Who: This conference will be relevant to all interested in this field as well as all professionals, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Psychiatrists, GPs, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

Conference Contact: Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator). Tel. 07540 356 526. Email us on: info@bmehealth.org or visit us on www.bmehealth.org

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CFP: Alternative Psychiatric Narratives Conference (May 2014, UK)

Call for Papers: Alternative Psychiatric Narratives

When: Friday 16th + Saturday 17th May 2014

Where: Birkbeck College, University of London

Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck

In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view. Studies have moved on from focusing on medical discourse to investigating the diversity of the patient population, their varied experiences, and their pathways to and from psychiatric institutions. Only just beginning, however, is work which pays attention to alternative narratives of psychiatry: individuals and accounts that have been excluded or overlooked in the midst of this focus upon doctor and patient. These include the experiences of those located outside formal psychiatric spaces and relationships, from families and non-medical staff, to activists and campaigners, as well as narratives taking unconventional forms or found in unexpected places, offering alternative readings of sites, spaces, or texts, or challenging the very ways in which psychiatric narratives could or should be expressed and used.

This conference seeks to contribute to the development of these alternative narratives of psychiatry (in the broadest sense of the term) by exploring the voices and experiences of those involved in the non-institutional, non-formal aspects of psychiatry, and by investigating new ways to access all aspects of psychiatric experience, from the early modern period to today. This will be a space to discuss wide ranging (alternative) narratives of psychiatry, representations of psychiatry over time, and the methods and meanings behind this work from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Proposals for 20 minute papers touching on any aspects of alternative psychiatric narratives are welcomed from postgraduate and early career researchers across the humanities and social sciences.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Alternative methodologies (such as oral history, social geography, ethnography, and more)
  • Histories of familial and community care
  • Representations of psychiatry in literature, theatre, art, music and the media
  • Disability theories and histories in relation to the history of psychiatry and mental health
  • Reforms, campaigns, and histories of activism and the psychiatric survivor movement
  • Alternative views of traditional psychiatric sites such as asylums, hospitals, clinics
  • Developments, experiences and perceptions of auxiliary and support staff
  • Questions of space, time, culture and locality
  • The gendering of psychiatric spaces, diagnoses and treatments
  • Changing therapeutic identities over time
  • Race and ethnicity, and other hidden dimensions of psychiatric history
  • The classic sick role: its history, consequences and alternatives
  • Medical texts and their role in shaping psychiatric stories
  • The problems with psychiatric narratives: authenticity and authority, uses and abuses

Those interested in presenting a paper should email a short proposal (max. 300 words) to AltPsychiatricNarratives@gmail.com by Monday 3rd March 2014

Subject to funding, we hope that some travel expenses will be available for speakers. Members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine will be able to apply for travel bursaries from the Society; visit www.sshm.org/content/conference-bursaries-students  for more details.

Further details and information regarding registration will be at www.altpsychiatricnarratives.wordpress.com

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Third Keynote Announced for Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane Conference (Sheffield, UK: Sept. 2013)

Debating whether you should attend the Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane: 4th International Conference at Sheffield Hallam University (September 3rd-4th 2013)?

Here is another good reason to come, as we are thrilled to announce our third keynote speaker…

 

Prof. Tom Billington, (Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK) will be discussing….

Time, Space, Mind: Narratives of Quality and Experience

 

Abstract: This paper explores non-deficit conceptualizations of mind which are drawn from philosophy (Bergson), psychoanalysis (Bion) and neuroscience (Damasio). Discourses of mind are constructed which are dynamic – ‘mind as process’ – and not restricted to mechanistic accounts of the brain or indeed any individual psychopathology, for example, autism. Theorizations are explored and illustrated by accounts of case work conducted with young people, their parents and teachers both in schools and the family courts.

Bio: Tom is Professor of Educational and Child Psychology as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Families and Learning Communities at the University of Sheffield.  Much of Tom’s research focuses on the professional practices of Educational and Child Psychologists, in particular, the nature of work conducted with children and young people and the theoretical bases upon which practice is justified. He has published extensively in this area and has for many years sought to inform the development of practitioner assessments and interventions which are both ethical and effective through expanding the base of research evidence beyond reductionist psychopathologies. In particular, he has been locating Educational Psychology within the context of a much broader critical theoretical framework (Billington, 1997).

Tom has specialized in qualitative research methodologies, especially discourse analytic, psychodynamic and narrative approaches in individual case work with children and young people, their families and schools. Of particular concern is the power of psychological discourses as exercised by practitioners, focusing on fundamental questions as to how we go about our work; for example, `how do we speak of children? How do we speak with children? How do we write about children? How do we listen to children? How do we listen to ourselves (when working with children)? (Billington, 2006).

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Keep up to date via the Normalcy 2013 page on the DRF blog: https://disabilityresearchforum.wordpress.com/events/normalcy-2013/, join the debate on twitter #normalcy2013 and, remember, to book a place at the conference, please visit normalcy2013.eventbrite.co.uk

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Job Opportunites at OISE, Univ of Toronto, Canada

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE) is advertising a number of tenure stream jobs we thought you might be interested in.  Of particular interest might be:

Click on the links to find out more.

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Book Launch Announced: ‘Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction’ by Dan Goodley

Following the previous call for papers for the *Critical Autism Seminar Day* at Sheffield Hallam University (18th January 2011). We are thrilled to be able to announce the launch of Dan Goodley’s much anticipated new text, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction.  We invite you to enjoy refreshments with us after the seminar from 4.30 – 6.00pm where there will be a chance to meet the author.

Dan Goodley (Professor of Psychology and Disability Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) presents a book which “injects new energy into disability studies.  He breaches disciplinary walls embracing, inter alia, sociology, critical psychology, cultural studies, inclusive education and psychoanalysis” (Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University).

This is a FREE! seminar day co-hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Disability Research Forum.  It will be held on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 (9.45am-4.30pm with the book launch 4.30pm-6.00pm) and will address diverse issues including:

  • deconstructing pathologies and ‘abnormalities’
  • exploring neurodiversity
  • autism as/and celebrity
  • ‘autism industries’ and the commodification of impairment

The confirmed keynote speaker is Anne McGuire (Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada). 

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st December 2010 ~ to submit abstracts, please contact:  k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk
  • Deadline for attendance: 6th January 2011   

The event will take place in the Arundel Building, 122 Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.   For information on the Arundel Building click here.  For a map of City Campus click here.

If you are interested in this you may also be interested in the call for papers for the Critical Disability Studies Conference *Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane* 2011 – a *FREE* two-day conference at MMU between 14th – 15th September 2011.

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Disability-research events in November

Just a little reminder that on Wednesday 10th November 2010 (4.30pm – 6.00pm) Rebecca Lawthom (Reader in Community Practice, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) will be discussing ‘The space between Disability Studies and Psychology: A place for Community Psychology?’. 

Everyone is welcome, but please contact Pam Hibbard at p.hibberd@shu.ac.uk to reserve a place. The seminar will take place in Room 10310 (Third Floor) Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

The next DRF seminar will be held on Monday 15th November 2010 (12pm-2pm) in Room 10111 (First Floor) Arundel Building, Charles Street, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB.

The programme is as follows:

  • ‘Professional Development of SENTAs: Giving voice to TAs working with children with autism in mainstream primary schools’ ~ Alison Hall (Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • ‘Playing grown-up: Troubling transition’ ~ Jenny Slater (Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Information on upcoming disability research seminars and events can be found here.

Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘5 ways to get more involved’ in DRF which can be found here.