20th ISPS International Congress in the United Kingdom

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ISPS 2017 is accredited for 24 educational points by the World Psychiatric Association.

Plenary Sessions

Gill O'Halloran is our ‘poet in residence’

Extract from ' Sea Life'

I feel my pincers crack and snap.
Feel their biramous, newly amorous grip
pull my drifting loved ones
in and under my smashed shell
like plankton. Come,
feed off my liver-belly lullabies.
  • Gill has been writing short stories and poems for many years.
  • She gained a distinction in the 'Craft of Writing' course run by Birkbeck University.
  • Her first poetry collection ‘This Seven Year Old Walks Into a Bar' pub.
  • Indigo Dreams Press was included in the top 20 individual collections of 2009 by The Small Press Poetry Awards.
  • In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Off the Stanza poetry prize.
  • She has lived experience of mental illness as a carer, and has run poetry workshops for carers, health service users, and the bereaved.

Plenary Speakers

Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen is a psychiatric nurse from Stavanger. She has been working with WAS...
Svein Friis was born in Oslo Norway 24. March 1945. He is widowed, has two daughters and two...
Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology,Maastricht University Medical...
Jon Vidar Strømstad is a psychiatric nurse and assistant ward leader from Stavanger. He has also...
Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social...
Rachel (Rai) Waddingham is an experienced international trainer who specialises in innovative ways...
Within the mental health arena, Shelagh Musgrave cares for, and advocates for, her daughter who has...
Jacqui Dillon is a respected speaker, writer and activist, and has lectured and published...
Dr Gráinne Fadden is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based in Birmingham and Solihull Mental...
Alison qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990 and since then has specialised in Cognitive...

Crazywise Film Screening

The 20th International Congress of the ISPS will take place in the United Kingdom, Wednesday 30th August - Sunday 3rd September, 2017