This three day event, bringing together the best of mental health and learning disability (intellectual disability) research and practice, opens on September 1st. I was expecting to deliver our presentation (Second Life, People with Learning Disabilities, and Capacity to Consent: Conboy-Hill, Taylor, and Hall) outlining the results of our NIHR funded study, but unfortunately, I am not able to attend for family reasons. Nicky Gregory, a courageous colleague, will be fronting it up for me, and hoping that all the technical wizardry does its job. If it does, she will be able to sit back and let it play. The videos will tell the story as well as anything; the narration should do the rest. But, in the event that she has to go a capella, I am certain she will receive a more than sympathetic hearing.
Elsewhere, Celia Heneage will be presenting a workshop with Nicky on group work, and Peter Baker will be talking about his work in positive behaviour support. A pretty good turnout for Sussex Partnership. Break a leg, chaps!
This is a first-of-its-kind conference; a joint enterprise between the Division of Clinical Psychology (British Psychological Society) and two European specialist learning disability associations. It is hosted by the DCP’s Faculty of Learning disability, which comprises psychologists working with people with learning disabilities, primarily in the NHS but also through local authority and third sector provisions.
Sussex Partnership is well represented.
Peter Baker is presenting his work on positive behaviour support: Positive Behaviour Support Clinical and Process Outcomes: The P-CPO project.
Nicky Gregory (with Celia Heneage) a workshop: Group work with people who have learning disabilities; sharing ideas from clinical practice.
And I am presenting our findings for the virtual world study: Second Life, People with Learning Disabilities, & Capacity to Consent.
We’re in good company; Professor Nigel Beail, President of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability, Theresa Joyce, Chair of the Faculty of Learning disabilities, Valerie Sinason, pioneering psychotherapist for people with learning disabilities, Prof Bill Lindsay, and Baroness Sheila Hollins are presenting, chairing and overseeing symposia. I recognise many of the other names on the programme. The ones I don’t, are probably the Nigel/Bill/Valerie/Theresa/Sheilas of tomorrow.
Look out Manchester, have we got a show for you in September!
Conference details via their web page: http://www.mhid2011congress.co.uk/