Freitag, 12. Juni 2015

#Power, #Interest and #Psychology: developing David #Smail's ideas Thursday 12th November 2015 - Friday 13th November 2015 at Novotel Birmingham Centre

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the connections between
psychology, sociology, epidemiology and related fields, with a
particular emphasis upon mental health. The conference will address
questions such as: what does 'austerity' have to do with poor mental
health? When psychotherapy is offered, just what is occurring, and how
does it work? How can practitioners understand and work with the
meanings of clinical distress across the age range? And how might
psychology contribute to efforts to improve the everyday lives of us all?

High profile speakers from beyond psychology include Professor Richard
Wilkinson (author with Kate Pickett of 'The Spirit Level'); Professor
Gary Thomas (author, 'Education: a very short introduction'); Dr. Mark
Fisher (author, 'Capitalist Realism'); and Dr. Lisa McKenzie (author,
'Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain').

 From within psychology, well-known speakers include Professor Dave
Pilgrim (author, 'Understanding Mental Health'); Professor Mary Boyle
(author, 'Schizophrenia: a scientific delusion?'); Dr. Lucy Johnstone
(author, 'Users and Abusers of Psychiatry') and Dr. Dave Harper
(co-author, 'Psychology, Mental Health and Distress').

Inspired by the work of David Smail (1938-2014), this conference is much
more than a celebration of his achievements. More vitally, it is a
demonstration of the continuing relevance both of his ideas and of the
traditions upon which they draw.

David Smail's last book, 'Power, Interest and Psychology', was published
in 2005. His other books include 'How To Survive Without Psychotherapy'
(1996), 'The Origins of Unhappiness' (1993), 'Taking Care' (1987) and
'Illusion and Reality: the meaning of anxiety' (1984). David was
appointed head of clinical psychology services in Nottingham in 1969, a
post he held until his retirement in 1998. He was also Special Professor
in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

In addition to his influential, books David authored more than 50
journal articles and book chapters. His writings, which were
consistently informed by his clinical practice, place distress firmly in
its material context and recognise how feelings, thoughts and behaviour
are shaped by economic and social circumstances. David proposed that to
understand why we are unhappy, rather than insight, we must cultivate
'outsight' into the world around us. This perspective - which encourages
personal modesty, appreciation of luck, compassion, and recognition of
our common humanity – is today more relevant than ever.

Special rates are available for members of the British Psychological
Society and the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. For more details,
and to book a place, please go to:

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