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Emotional Distress: The Social and Relational Context

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The Ridgeway Centre

Featherstone Road

Wolverton

MK12 5TH

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This one day event features Prof Peter Kinderman, Jacqui Dillon and Sanah Ahsan and aims to contextualise our ideas around mental health.

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COVID-19. To maximize safety in the ongoing covid situation, the following measures have been taken for this event:

  • reduced venue capacity by over 50% to allow social distancing
  • provision of surgical grade fask masks for all attendees
  • hand sanitising stations throughout the venue

Please contact the event organiser if you have any Covid-19 related queries.

Introduction to the day

There is growing international recognition of the role social determinants play in the development of health problems and emotional distress, as highlighted in reports published over the past few years by the World Health Organization and United Nations. Similarly, it is argued that mental health problems and emotional distress are best understood as social, psychological and relational phenomena.

At this one-day event you will gain an understanding of the ways in which mental health difficulties and emotional distress can be understood in relation to their social determinants and relational context, and how this understanding applies to your own personal and professional circumstances. It will cover a range of rich perspectives in this complex area, and will suggest alternative ideas for how we can apply relational ideas in practice, in order to improve how the way we understand and respond to emotional distress. The event will also be a great opportunity in our post covid world to connect with people from different areas with shared interests.

Professor Peter Kinderman will provide the key note talk entitled 'A Manifesto for Mental Health'

Here are details of the presenters booked for this event:

Professor Peter Kinderman

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, studying the psychological and social determinants of mental health. He is a practicing Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Advisor at Public Health England, and former President of the British Psychological Society.

He is the author of various journal articles and book chapters, as well as “A Prescription for Psychiatry” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), “New Laws of Psychology” (Little, Brown, 2015), and ‘A Manifesto for Mental Health’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He can be followed on Twitter as @peterkinderman

His research profile can be found here: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8972-8548

Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, former President of the British Psychological Society, and author of ‘A Manifesto for Mental Health’, argues for radical change in how we think about mental health.

Peter points out that we are being harmed by our current pathologizing, bio-medical, approach and that we need wholesale change, not only in how we understand mental health problems but also in how we design and commission mental health services.

Peter rejects the ‘disease model’; which sees emotional distress merely as a symptom of biological illness, and instead argues that mental health problems are fundamentally social and psychological issues – the products of how we understand and respond to the world. Instead of thinking about diagnosing and treating 'abnormality', Peter argues we should replace ‘diagnoses’ with straightforward descriptions of our problems, and shift away from the use of medication towards psychological and social solutions.

Peter argues that we should, as a recent report to the United Nations General Assembly has made clear; “... abandon the predominant medical model that seeks to cure individuals by targeting ‘disorders’ [and] address the ‘power imbalance’ rather than ‘chemical imbalance’.”

This would mean addressing and preventing the root causes of distress, avoiding both diagnosis and the use of medication as much as possible, and instead a greater reliance on psychological formulation, systemic interventions and working with and within the education system... all of which demands political support.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST STATEMENT

I am employed by the University of Liverpool. Over the course of my career, I have received research grants from the National Institute of Health Research, the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Youth Justice Board for England, various NHS Trusts, the Department of Health, the European Commission, the British Psychological Society, and the Reader, and personal fees from the Department for Constitutional Affairs, legal counsel, the BBC, Smoking Gun Media, GLG Group, True North Productions, and Compass Pathways Ltd. I have also received royalties on published work in the field of mental health from Palgrave Macmillan, and Little, Brown Book Company, and travel and hospitality from a variety of organisations in relation to speaking and other professional activity. I have a remunerative secondment contract through my employers to act as a Clinical Advisor for Public Health England. I am a Member of the Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry, a director of Kyrie Therapeutic Farm Ltd, and a former President of the British Psychological Society. I own shares in Alphabet (the parent company of Google), and Twitter, and I am Director and owner of Kinderman Consulting Ltd.

Jacqui Dillon

Jacqui was born and bred in East London where she still lives. She is a respected campaigner, writer, international speaker and trainer specialising in hearing voices, 'psychosis', dissociation, trauma, abuse, healing and recovery.

Sanah Ahsan

Sanah Ahsan is a queer muslim womxn, a HCPC registered clinical psychologist, an award-winning poet and all-round disrupter. Her work is centred on compassion, decolonising our understandings of mental health and embracing each other's madness.

Pete Ord

Pete grew up in Durham, and became interested in psychology and philosophy in my teens. I then studied psychology at undergraduate level at the University of Stirling, completed a Masters in Learning Disabilities, and graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006. I have developed interests in a range of approaches including Narrative Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. I’ve practiced as a Clinical Psychologist within community and inpatient settings, and currently work within acute inpatient mental health services.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to study psychology and believe that in order to fully understand and tackle mental health challenges; we need to look beyond individual psychology, to understanding our wellbeing in context of relationships, trauma, community and culture.

Mark Sanderson

I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa aged 14. Following success at chef school I moved to the UK aged 19 to work as a chef and was successful in this career. I worked in several in Michelin starred restaurants, until my dreams of being ‘the best chef in the world’ were somewhat overridden by my experience of psychosis.

During my last psychiatric inpatient admissions in 2015, I came across my local hearing voices group, Eleanor Longdens’ video ‘the voices in my head’ and an amazing nursing assistant. I found comfort in the way all three seemed to understand the experiences I was having; this gave me courage to take ownership of and make much needed changes in my life.

With the help of Clinical Psychologist, Dr Pete Ord, I found a way of living with my voices, and was given the opportunity to co-deliver training on psychosis to staff working in the inpatient mental health unit where I had been admitted a year earlier.

Today, I still enjoy cooking, am soon to be married and am busy completing a MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. I am a keen advocate for peer support and lived experience practice. I hope that my work can provide strength and hope for others who are experiencing their own mental health difficulties and also offer guidance on what has been found to be most helpful for those in professions in a position to offer support."

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The Ridgeway Centre

Featherstone Road

Wolverton

MK12 5TH

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Dr Pete Ord - CNWL NHS Trust

Organiser of Emotional Distress: The Social and Relational Context

Dr Peter Ord is as a clinical psychologist and works in Milton Keynes within an acute inpatient unit.

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