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Keynote Live Stream Links:

Keynote presentations will take place in room BHSC G01.

They will also be streamed on the day, via the following links provided by the UCC School of Nursing. You can also watch the streamed presentations in viewing rooms at the college. See Conference Overview (click here) for details of where.

please note time changes. Wilma Boevink will be speaking 11 November, and Dina Poursanidou on the 12th November

Wednesday 11 November 2015:
09:45 David Pilgrim 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.
    Live Stream Link
12:00 Wilma Boevink An experiential expert, social scientist at the Trimbos-Institute, the Netherlands. Former Professor of Recovery and founder of Tree (towards Recovery, Empowerment and Experiential Expertise).
    Live Stream Link
13:45 Malcolm Garland A consultant psychiatrist in Dublin. His team tries to incorporate novel and alternative approaches, including a minimal medication approach and an ethos fostering individuation, not dependence.
    Live Stream Link
Thursday 12 November:

Please note. The programme has changed

09:45 Dina Poursanidou 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.
    Live Stream Link
10:45 Rory Doody 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.
    Live Stream Link
12:00 Wilma Boevink

Screening of her documentary, Mad Pride


14:00 Gary Sidley A freelance writer and trainer who, in 2013, opted for early retirement from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist after 33 continuous years of employment in mental health services. He writes on a range of topics, including: alternatives to biological psychiatry (his book, Tales from the Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services was published by PCCS Books in February 2015); general interest articles and humour.
    Live Stream Link

Concurrent Sessions:

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Full Programme

You Can download the Full Programme (here)

Conference organisers: Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies; Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.