Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Critical Perspectives on and beyond 'Change' in Mental Health Services

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

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 at 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.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 10.00am017.00pm
Location: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, Cork
Target Audience: All welcome but advanced registration required. Register by emailing Harry Gijbels at
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Lydia Sapouna

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