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With only just over a week to go to the conference, we would like to share some relevant information with you. We appreciate if you took some time to read it.

 

Programme Schedule

Please print a copy of the programme schedule here and bring it with you on the day.

 

Attendance

The conference is now almost fully booked with close to 600 people registered across the two days. If you are no longer able to attend, or if you are changing your registration days, please let us knowimmediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can offer your place to someone else. Please do not re-confirm your registration if you are attending.

 

Registration

Please bring your email booking confirmation slip to the registration desk on the morning of your attendance. If you are attending both days, you only need to register on Wednesday.

Registration starts at 8.00 am on Wednesday, with conference workshops starting at 10.00 am sharp. For those who are attending on Thursday only, registration starts at 8.30 am with conference workshops starting at 10.00 am sharp.

 

WiFi Availability

If you are a university student or work at a university, you should be able to pick up eduroam on your WiFi setting (access by using the username and password assigned by your home institution). For those who do not that availability, a guest WiFi has been set (this will work during the two conference days only):

Username: mhconf2018

Password: Hvw6ezkp

 

Live streaming of keynote presentations

To accommodate all the registered delegates (the main lecture theatre has 250 seats), the keynote presentations will be streamed from the main lecture theatre to other rooms in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC). Seating operates on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, so if the main lecture theatre, where the key notes are held, is full you will be directed to the other rooms.

 

Concurrent presentations/workshops

There are 48 concurrent presentations/workshops scheduled across the two days. Venue name, room number e.g. BHSC G04 are followed by a figure e.g. (120) on the programme details. The latter refers to the maximum number of people the workshop can accommodate. There is no pre-registration for the workshops, so if a workshop is full, or a note has been placed on the door, please go to another workshop.

 

Book of Abstracts and Programme

The Book of Abstracts and final version of the Programme are attached and will also be available here, http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/news/ and on www.ucc.ie/en/appsoc in the next few days. Because of 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, or save same on your smart phone/tablet. There will only be a limited number of printed copies of the conference programme and the Book of Abstracts at the registration desk.

 

Donations

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, we have donation boxes 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.

 

Lunch Venues

As the conference takes place during the academic year, the local restaurants (Brookfield Restaurant and Western Gateway Building restaurant) will be extremely busy. Please use other nearby facilities (see Book of Abstracts for details) or bring a packed lunch.

 

Getting to Brookfield and Parking

How to get to Brookfield and visitors' parking facilities can be found at https://www.ucc.ie/en/visitors/maps/Brookfield Health Sciences Complex map reference is No13 Grid C7 on the campus map.

Parking in and around UCC is difficult. Two close and reasonably priced places (5 euro for the day) to park are either

  • the car park next to the Kingsley Hotel (not the hotel’s car park) on the Carrigrohane Road. From there it is about a 10-minute walk to Brookfield via the footbridge at the back of the Western Gateway Building (WGB) (No81 Grid C6) on the campus map
  • the carpark on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Church, located on the corner of Western Road opposite Mardyke Walk (across the road from the AIB bank). From there cross road to the Western Gateway Building (WGB) and from there over the footbridge at the back of WGB to Brookfield.

Accommodation

Check http://www.uccconferencing.ie/walking-distance/ Accommodation around Western Road is within 15-minute walk of Brookfield HSC.

 

If you have any queries, please contact either Lydia Sapouna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 021 4903495, or Harry Gijbels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

We look forward seeing you at the conference.

 

Regards

Harry and Lydia

15 AND 16 NOVEMBER 2017

BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX

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

REGISTRATION

To book a place, email Harry Gijbels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 15 November, Thursday 16 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

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 here

 

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.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

The following link takes you to a campus map (for guidance to Brookfield) and the visitors' parking facilities: https://www.ucc.ie/en/visitors/maps/

Two very close and reasonably priced car parking places (± €5 for the day) outside UCC are:

  • the car park next to the Kingsley Hotel (not the hotel’s car park) on the Carrigrohane Road. It is about a 15 min walk from there to Brookfield, walking east towards the Western Gate Building (WGB) on the Western Road, and from there over the footbridge at the back of WGB to Brookfield.

  • the carpark on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Church, located on the corner of Western Road opposite Mardyke Walk (across the road from the AIB bank). From there cross road towards the Western Gateway Building and from there over the footbridge at the back of WGB to Brookfield.

Those of you who may require accommodation, see www.uccconferencing.ie/walking-distance/

 

The Conference organisers are Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels (retired), Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.    

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