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


This year’s conference aimed to explore and debate critical perspectives on:

-           The value of talking therapies

-           The politics of the therapy industry

-           Talking therapies as another expert system

-           Other ways (beyond therapies) to support people in distress

 Book of Extracts 15 (586kB)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Wednesday 11 November 2015:

1. David Pilgrim (09.45) is an Honorary Professor of Health & Social Policy at the University of Liverpool and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. His career has been divided between working as a policy researcher and as a clinical psychologist in the British NHS.

2. Dina Poursanidou (10.30) is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, based at the Service User Research Enterprise; Dina has used mental health services since 2008; Member of Asylum, the magazine for democratic psychiatry.

3. Malcolm Garland (13.45) is aconsultant psychiatrist in Dublin.  His team tries to incorporate novel and alternative approaches, including a minimal medication approach and an ethos fostering individuation, not dependence. 


Thursday 12 November:

1. Gary Sidley (09.45) is a freelance writer and trainer who opted for early retirement in 2013 from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist after 33 years working in the English mental health services. His writing includes alternatives to biological psychiatry.

2. Wilma Boevink (10.30) is anexperiential expert, social scientist at the Trimbos-Institute, the Netherlands.  Former Professor of Recovery and founder of Tree (towards Recovery, Empowerment and Experiential Expertise).

3. Rory Doody (13.45) is a Recovery Development Advocate. He is a voice hearer and engages with his own mental health as often as he breathes! Plagued by inner questions like “who does this serve?” he enquires in the different areas of his work, involving education, case work, service and policy developments, structural change, and good intentions.

Full programme: full details will be available around mid-October on www.cvni.ie and also onwww.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/news/ and www.ucc.ie/en/appsoc/resconf/conf/

Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts will be emailed to you within the next few days. The programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts will also be available on www.cvni.iehttp://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/news/ and on www.ucc.ie/en/appsoc in advance of the conference. Due to the conference’s limited budget (see below) we would ask you to bring a printed copy of the programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts with you to the conference. There will only be a limited number of printed copies of the conference programme and the Book of Abstracts at the registration desk.



As you may know, one of the unique features of this annual conference is that it is a free event, supported by a very small budget. Since 2013, following delegates’ enquiries about making donations, there has been a donation box at the registration desk. Please feel free to contribute if you wish (either cash or cheque made payable to CVNI to be lodged into the CVNI conference account). We do not accept donations which compromise the ethos and values of the conference.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Scoil an Altranais agus an Chnáimhseachais

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54