Seminar: Autism and Mental Health, Edinburgh

Date: 9.30am – 4pm, Thursday 2nd March 2017

Location: Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

The Scottish Autism Research Group (SARG) are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the annual SARG one-day research seminar. The theme of the seminar is Autism and Mental Health. A variety of current research topics will be covered including anxiety, depression, school-based mental health research and practitioner perspectives.

The day will feature talks from researchers and practitioners across Scotland and the rest of the UK.  We are delighted that our keynote speaker for the day will be Dr Jacqui Rodgers, senior lecturer in clinical psychology in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. Much of Jacqui’s work focuses on anxiety in autism, exploring theoretical models, assessment tools and intervention approaches. However, her work spans a wide range of topics in autism, including sensory processing, repetitive behaviour, and quality of life.

Other speakers include: Claire Evans-Williams, Judith Hebron, Matthias Schwannauer, and Mary Stewart.

To register:

Please email stating your name, location, any dietary/accessibility preferences, and your professional or personal interest (e.g. researcher, clinician, parent, autistic person). This is so we can understand the balance of representation within the audience on the day.

Please note that places are limited and will be allotted at the committee’s discretion, partially on a first come first served basis, but also with regard paid to ensuring a balance of representation within the audience. Seminar attendees will be asked to register at the start of the day and late-comers will not be admitted – please therefore only register if you know you are able to attend the full day.

Conference Registration: Spirituality and Mental Health, Huddersfield

Location: University of Huddersfield

Date: 9.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday 11th July 2017

This one-day conference is being delivered by the University of Huddersfield in conjunction with the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPT). It is open to all health and social care professionals, community and voluntary sector workers, service users and carers.

Spirituality is innately human and is concerned with what gives people hope, meaning and purpose. It is distinct from religion, although the two concepts may overlap for some people. Spiritually competent practice is a powerful way of supporting people to find hope, meaning and purpose in their lives. This is especially important when facing illness, mental health problems and crisis. For many people spirituality may link to their relationships, connection with others, work, hobbies, nature or faith. Spirituality is a universal part of being human. Compassionate motivation is central to providing spiritually competent care.

The conference aims to provide you with an understanding of the concepts and practice of spirituality and compassion, as well as its importance in Mental Health.

Keynote speakers include:

Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and a noted poet and translator of poetry, as well as a writer on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes. Dr Williams will speak on: ‘Nourishing the spirit: relations, stories, rhythms.’

Fiona Venner, Chief Executive of Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. Fiona has worked in mental health since the early 1990s, always in the voluntary sector and predominantly in acute settings. Fiona will speak on compassion and love in crisis care.

Wilf McSherry, Professor of Dignity in Care at Staffordshire University and a published author. He is a founding and executive member of the British Association for The Study of Spirituality (BASS) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Professor McSherry will speak about spirituality and spiritually competent practice in health and social care.

Kevin Bond has a background in nursing and is former Chief Executive of NAVIGO, an innovative social enterprise which Kevin headed from its foundation, providing NHS mental health and associated social care services in North East Lincolnshire. Kevin will speak on revolutionising mental health provision through compassion.

Additional speakers include John Wattis, visiting Professor of Old Age Psychiatry who has a long-term interest in person-centred care, Dr Melanie Rogers, Spirituality Special Interest Group Chair and Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Senior Lecturer, and Phil Walters, Head of Inclusion, SWYPT.

The day will include:

  • An exploration of what spirituality means in the modern world
  • An understanding of what spirituality and compassion means in a health and social care context
  • Examples of compassionate and spirituality competent care in mental health
  • Practical models for integrating spirituality and compassion into care
  • Community and collaborative ways of working
  • Exploration of how management can promote spiritually competent practice

The conference will be held at the University of Huddersfield Business School on 11th July, from 9.30am – 4.30pm. For any additional information, please contact Anna Armitage. If you would like to attend, please reserve a place through the online store. Please note that a fee of £25 is payable for this conference. The closing date for booking is 6 June 2017.

Therapeutic Culture and Development Workshop, Sheffield

Please join the Disability Research Forum for a workshop on therapeutic culture and international development on Friday March 17th, 11-5pm, at Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID), University of Sheffield.

Minds, behaviour and psychologies are fast becoming key frontiers in contemporary development policy. While the links between development and psychology have a long (colonial) history, there has been, of late, a contemporary shift to the more explicit mobilization of therapeutic culture within development interventions. We can see this in multiple arenas, from the uptake of behavioural science in the World Development Report ‘Mind, Society and Behaviour’; the inclusion of mental health on the UN Sustainable Development Goals; to the focus on measures of subjective well-being inter/nationally. Furthermore, digital technology has been used to further integrate psy-expertise in development policy and practice: from the use of phones to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy and to nudge behavioural changes in populations, availability of mental health diagnostic tools on digital platforms, to income management regimes that control population spending.

Speakers so far include:

  • Dr Sally Brooks (University of York)
  • Dr Eva Hilberg (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Elise Klein (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr China Mills (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Vanessa Pupavac (University of Nottingham)
  • Professor Sarah White (University of Bath)

The workshop will be split into two parts:

11-1.30pm Speakers will give short (10 min) presentations of their current research relating to therapeutic culture and/or digital technology within international development. This session is open to anyone who would like to attend.

2.30-5pm A focused workshop to identify priority research areas and strengthen future collaborations. This session is limited to a small group of researchers.

To book a place please email: China Mills and Elise Klein  Please also indicate if you would like to give a 10 min presentation of your work in the morning, and/or attend the second half of the workshop, through submitting a short abstract within the email (by Feb 20th).