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ADDRESSING THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF DISTRESS

CICSI Summer School    10-12 July 2024Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester

“The summer school is an eye-opener for people who want to know about the limitations of mainstream psychiatry, and what alternatives there are...” 
"It's been really a highlight of my academic life for the past two years. I'll definitely look forward to the next edition!"
The summer school was a fantastic learning and networking opportunity.."

What is the role of the social context in distress and how to address it?

The Centre for Investigating Contemporary Social Ills (CICSI)

together with the School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Essex (PHAIS) present

the 2nd CICSI Summer School 

taught by leading experts and practitioners from four countries, working on the social context of mental distress, including Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level.
The programme builds on the 1st CICSI Summer School held in 2023, on De-Medicalising Distress

The Summer School is taught in person and runs over 3 days and consists of a mixture of lectures, interactive exercises, and case study discussions.

  • Day 1 is focused on psychiatry, its social function, and its relationship to the social context of mental distress

  • Day 2 focuses on the social context of psychic suffering, investigating links to inequalities, to pressures at work, to traumas of social and personal histories, and to ways our selves are affected under these conditions.

  • Day 3 introduces existing and emerging practical and policy initiatives within and beyond the mental health system to address this social context.

Suitable for GPs, psychiatrists, counsellors and therapists, and other mental health professionals; policy-makers; social workers; experts-by-experience/service users/survivors; and researchers and students from various social and health related fields.  

The participants will gain a critical understanding of the relationship between the social context of mental distress and the practices in the mental health system. Shifting focus to some of the underlying social ills and how they affect the self,  we will discuss some of the emerging initiatives to understand and address the social context inside and outside of the mental health systems.

 

You are welcome to bring your own case studies and examples and questions from your work or research.

Attending the CICSI Summer School left a profound impact on my thinking about mental distress. With an impressive line-up of speakers... an elegant exploration of a paradigm shift in mental health discourse.
The organisers had meticulously carved a space that fostered curiousity and open dialogue and provided a warm and inclusive atmosphere. There were thought-provoking presentations, with complex ideas communicated in accessible ways and altogether engaging speakers."
“Great atmosphere for discussion and opportunity to approach the speakers and talk to them directly in very informal way. Very insightful content, giving material for deeper thinking on the topic, even for people who are not from the psychology/psychiatry field. Definitely worth it.”
“I came expecting some intellectual debate that would be interesting. I left motivated to incorporate change into my working life teaching on a mental health programme...
CICSI offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the big players in the world of psychiatry and encourages us to think and consider alternatives and to realise that the answers to suffering and illness are not so far out of reach.”

Speakers

Schedule

Provisional Schedule

DAY 1

~ ARRIVAL AND COFFEE FROM 9:30 ~

10:00-10:15

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Dr Polona Curk

10:15-11:30

THE HISTORY OF PSYCHIATRY REVISITED

Prof Fabian Freyenhagen

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 11:30 - 11:45

11:45-13:00

THE SOCIAL FUNCTIONS OF PSYCHIATRY

Prof Joanna Moncrieff

~ LUNCH 13:00 - 14:15 ~

14:15-15:30

IATROGENIC HARMS AND THE SOCIAL

Dr Jacqui Dillon 

BREAKWITH REFRESHMENTS 15:30 - 16:00

16:00-17:45

PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT PSYCHIATRY AND THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF DISTRESS

Dr Timo Beeker, Prof Anthony David, Dr Jacqui Dillon, Prof Joanna Moncrieff

Chaired by Prof Fabian Freyenhagen

 ~ DINNER  18:30 - 20:30 ~ 

Schedule

DAY 2

~ COFFEE FROM 8:45 ~

09:00-10:30

INEQUALITIES AND DISTRESS

Prof Richard Wilkinson

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 10:30 - 10:45

10:45-12:00

LINKING TRAUMA WITH OPRESSION AND CONSCIOUSNESS WITH ACTION 

Dr Taiwo Afuape

~ LUNCH 12:00 - 13:15 ~

13:15-14:30

WELFARE, WORK(LESSNESS), AND DISTRESS

Prof Ben Baumberg Geiger & Dr Annie Irvine

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 14:30 - 15:00

15:00-16:15

TRAUMAS OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL HISTORIES

Prof Françoise Davoine

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 16:15 - 16:30

16:30-17:45

THE SELF UNDER SOCIAL CONDITIONS

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis 

~ DINNER 18:30 - 20:30 ~

Schedule

DAY 3

~ COFFEE FROM 8:45 ~

09:00-10:15

HOUSING FIRST

Dr Nadyah Abdel Salam

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 10:15 - 10:45

10:45-12:00

TRIESTE'S WORLD FAMOUS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Dr Roberto Mezzina

~ LUNCH 12:00 - 13:00 ~

13:00-14:15

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING

Professor Sir Sam Everington

BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS 14:15 - 14:30

14:30-15:45

TOWARDS A TEN-YEAR GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR A MENTALLY HEALTHIER NATION

Ed Davie

15:45-16:30

CLOSING PLENUM: HOW TO ADDRESS THE SOCIAL CONTEXT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLINIC

Prof Fabian Freyenhagen

Location and Fees

The Summer School took place in the beautiful Wivenhoe House Hotel at the University of Essex Campus. 

Location

Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3FA

ACCOMMODATION

If you would like to book accommodation please indicate this on the application form, telling us also which of the two options you prefer. 

a) WIVENHOE HOUSE HOTEL: 4-star hotel and also our conference venue. Please note that the rates below are discounted and are only available with the Early Bird Applications. For the applications after 30th April, you will need to book directly with the venues at their standard rates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are three-levels of rooms available:​

  • Classic double: £127 per person per night (assuming single occupancy).

  • Superior double: £162 per person per night (assuming single occupancy).

  • Superior Balcony: £182 per person per night (assuming single occupancy).

    All rooms/rates in the hotel include breakfast.
    If you are requiring a double occupancy, please let us know and we can quote you the price for a double occupancy

b) ESSEX UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION: ensuite single rooms with a shared kitchen: £49 per night. 

Fees

EARLY BIRD FEE (extended until 14th May)               £600

STANDARD FEE (from 15th May)                               £660

The fee includes:

  • three days of lectures, exercises, and case study discussions with world-leading experts on the social context of mental distress

  • course material

  • daily lunches and refreshments

  • 2 evening meals

  • a certificate of completion

To take advantage of our Early Bird Discount, please complete your application and submit payment by 30th April.

The delivery of this course is dependent on a minimum of 30 applicants. In the unlikely event that this minimum is not met, we would have to reconsider the feasibility of running this course.

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