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September 2014



Psychopathy: Inter-rater reliability workshop using the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R, 2nd Edition)

Date: 17 & 18 September 2014

Venue: The Pines Hotel, Chorley, PR6 7EB

This training provides the opportunity to work through some practice cases needed in order to assess for psychopathy using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R, 2nd Edition). The PCL-R stipulates that following initial training in the PCL-R that there must be familiarity with the measure using a minimum of five practice cases, across which there must be acceptable levels of inter-rater reliability acheived before using the PCL-R for psychodiagnostic purposes.

The workshop offers the opportunity to work through five practice cases to meet this requirement. Training will comprise of case material and the scoring of clinical videos. All delegates will be provided with case file information prior to the course and are asked to familiarise themselves with this prior to the event and to preliminary score these cases pre-course based on the provided collateral. There is no time allocated on the course to read through the material - the focus on the training days is on the use of discussion to aid scoring and observation of clinical videos. It is estimated that three days pre-course are required by delegates to read these cases and score. Delegates are asked to provide an email as soon as they book. Once the booking is confirmed the collateral information will be provided by email.

This training is aimed to supplement initial training in the PCL-R and is not seen as a replacement to initial PCL-R training. As such, it is expected that all delegates have successfully attended training on the use, adminstration and application of the PCL-R (2nd Edition). The training aims to provide an opportunity to work through detailed case studies and to discuss scoring. Specifically it aims to:

  • Allow an opportunity to work through detailed case material
  • To apply the use of the PCL-R to a range of clients
  • To discuss scoring and issues of reliability

Cost £440 + £88 VAT = £528.00

Contact: Queries can be directed to Dr Carol A Ireland who is leading the event. Email: Bookings can be made direct via this website.


The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back

Date: 18 September 2014

Venue: Leeds University, School of Music

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition.

A line up of expert speakers and contributors will highlight the current situation and most recent developments since the UK took the lead at the G8 summit.
Contact: Alicia Greally Marketing Executive Tel: 0161 686 5589 Email:


'Understanding Male Eating Disorders' Full Day Workshop

Date: 19 September 2014

Venue: Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester

Our key workshop 'Understanding Male Eating Disorders' is delivered to professionals to encourage excellent professional practice by tackling the misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. We aim to give professionals a better understanding of eating disorders in men so professionals can become more responsive to men's needs and recognise the barriers sufferers feel they face when approaching treatment and recovery.

The workshop will;

  • Explore some of the myths & misconceptions often associated with male eating disorders.
    Look at eating disorders, definitions, contributing factors and other associated conditions.
  • Provide an insight into the issues men face getting help and looking at real experiences from men who have suffered themselves.
  • Examine the barriers men face in accessing services and looking at ways professionals and services can overcome these barriers to provide gender inclusive service provision.

The workshop is both informative and interactive leaving ample opportunity to discuss the points raised in the workshop.

Contact: For more info about the training we provide please go to the website or email:


From 'Timid to Tiger'

Date: 19 September 2014

Venue: Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes, Devon

Featuring Dr Ben Laskey, who works with children with their parents and carers, together using therapeutic interventions to help overcome anxiety.This conference will be invaluable for anyone who would like to understand the nature of anxiety problems in childhood and how to assist both children and their parents. This is a CPD opportunity for those mental health professionals working with anxious children and their parents in their particular health care settings.

Contact: To book your place for the event on Friday 5 September 2014 please complete and send to
ACAMH Conferences, St Saviour’s House, 39-41 Union Street, London SE1 1SD
T: +44 (0)20 7403 7458; F: +44 (0)20 7403 7081; E:


Autistic Spectrum Conditions - Mental Health and Life Span Issues

Date: 25 Sept 2014

Venue: UEA, Norwich

Please see the flyer.

Contact: Mrs. Thecla Fellas CEO, Asperger East Anglia. Visit the website


Patient safety: Learning from the leading edge in patient safety

Date: Thursday 25 September

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street

This meeting will provide a good understanding of current research in patient safety. The agenda will explore ideas about safety improvements that they can make wor and it will also suggest recommended reading on patient safety as applied to areas of work and medical practice.

Rates dependent on level of qualification.

Expert speakers from the RSM, UCl, Imperial College London, Bradford Royal Infirmary and University of Manchester.

Contact: Find out more details on the website.


What causes psychosis?

Date: 29 September 2014, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Venue:T he Royal Society, London, SW1Y 5AG

Café Scientifique with Dr James Kirkbride. Psychosis is a broad and complex set of mental disorders, characterised by a loss of contact with reality. Ranging from short term hallucinations to severely disruptive disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the symptoms are wide-ranging and diverse. But how does our external environment affect the risk of experiencing a psychotic episode? And how can we study this within a population?

Dr James Kirkbride’s research seeks to answer these often complex and enigmatic questions. Join him for a discussion of the techniques that are helping to shape our understanding of psychosis and mental illness. Dr James Kirkbride is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow based in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London.

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation please contact the events team no later than 2 weeks prior to the event and we would be happy to arrange an interpreter.

Recorded audio of this event will be available on this page a few days afterwards.



Teenagers and Young Adult with Cancer 10th Anniversary Conference: Working Together

Date: 30 September 2014

Venue: College Court Conference Centre, Leicester

A conference for professionals, of any discipline, working with teenagers and young adults who have cancer.


  • Insight into the value of TYA cancer services from a survivor's perspective.
  • Lessons to be learnt from good practice in primary care of TYA with cancer.
  • A discussion forum to explore and challenge regional, national and international strategy for TYA cancer care.
  • Explore the science and application of 'positive psychology' to improve team performance.

Call for poster abstracts by 10 June 2014.

Cost: £55 - TYAC members; £65 - Non-members. Register by 5 September 2014.

Contact: Pam Ringrose TYAC Coordinator T: 0116 249 4483 E: More details can be found on the website.   


October 2014


Introductory Lecture and seminars

Date: 1 October 2014 - 3 December 2014

Venue: Insitute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112a Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT

This two-part series of lectures on psychoanalysis, each followed by a discussion in small groups, provides an overall view of the core concepts in psychoanalysis and their main applications. Participants are provided with basic texts for each lecture. Further reading is suggested and is available in the Institute’s library. The course is suitable for people new in the field, as well as those with experience.

The meetings are held weekly during the Autumn and Spring terms at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112a Shirland Road, Byron House, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT. The Autumn term commences on Wednesday 1 October 2014 from 5.45 to 8pm. To ensure continuity of discussions, participants would normally attend the entire series of lectures and their accompanying seminars. However if a participant, for various reasons, cannot attend the whole series, they can apply for one term.

Full price £ 290 for one term OR £530 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)
Student rate £ 220 for one term OR £400 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)

Full price £ 320 for one term or £ 590 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)
Student rate £ 240 for one term or £ 440 for two terms (if booked and paid for at the same time)

Application forms and more information about the Lectures are available on the website.
Contact: Marjory Goodall - or telephone 0207 563 5016


Violence Across the Lifespan: HCR-20 version 3 and SAVRY

Date: 2 & 3 October 2014

Venue: The Pines Hotel, Chorley, PR6 7EB

This training focuses on developing an understanding of violence risk assessment from early adolescence (12+) to adulthood. It will cover use and administration of two of the most popular structured clinical risk assessments for aggression: the SAVRY (Structured Assessment for Violence in Youth) and for adults, the newly revised HCR-20 version 3 (Historical Clinical Risk Assessment). Attendees will utilise case material to score using these risk assessments.
Cost £440 + £88 VAT = £528.00

Contact: Queries can be directed to Professor Jane L. Ireland who is leading the event. Email: Bookings can be made direct via the website 


Medico-Legal Conference

Date: Monday 6 October 2014

Venue: BMA House, London, WC1H 9JP

The one day conference aims to provide comprehensive information/training for doctors engaged in expert witness work. You will receive tips on good practice from leading barristers, solicitors and medico-legal experts in the field.

Contact: To register your interest for the conference, please contact BMA Conferences on 020 7383 6137/6605 or by email at


Duty of Candour and Conducting Effective Investigations

Date: 7 October 2014

Venue: BMA House Tavistock Square London. WC1H 9JP

This one day training course will focus on improving handling, investigation and learning from incidents.

The course will be led by a practicing healthcare lawyer, focusing on improving written communications using precision writing, investigating incidents using root cause analysis, drafting SMART recommendations and action plans and implementing the statutory duty of care.

Contact: To register, please click here


The Maudsley Forum

Date: 7 - 10 October 2014

Venue: The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience - 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF

The 14th annual Maudsley Forum offers psychiatrists, psychologists and others interested in mental health, the opportunity to learn about the most current advances in clinical and academic psychiatry, and to meet and network with dynamic, like-minded colleagues from around the world.

The programme emphasises how research informs evidence-based clinical practice and is designed to appeal to both junior clinicians and experienced consultants. Lectures and workshops will be delivered by the best clinicians and scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to clinical content delegates will have opportunities to discuss potential research ideas or proposals with leading academics at the Institute of Psychiatry.

This event carries 19 CPD points.

Contact: Event Manager: Nikki Whitelock T: 020 7848 0063 F: 020 7848 0287 E:


Inaugural Lecture - Professor Thalia Eley

Date: 8 October 2014, 5.30-6.30pm

Venue: Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF

This is a free event and open to everyone. Something old, something new: disentangling genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and depression are common and debilitating conditions that often begin in childhood, and when they do, show especially poor prognosis. As with all aspects of psychological development there are both genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression, but what is far more interesting is to explore the interplay between them. I will focus on two particular processes. First, genes and the environment are often correlated, such that those at high genetic risk of emotional difficulties are often also faced with environments that heighten this risk. I will describe work we have done using not only child twin data, but also data from children of adult twin pairs, to tease apart these factors. Second, genetic factors can also alter the extent to which individuals are responsive to the environment. In addition to exploring genetic factors that lead individuals to be at risk of poor outcome following stress, we have been examining genetic factors as predictors to psychological treatment, a new research area we have named therapygenetics.

Contact: Nikki Whitelock. Email: Book your place on the website


Empowering Rehabilitation

Date: 9 October 2014

Venue: Hilton Coventry

Empowering rehabilitation: Creating an integrated approach to care for patients in rehabilitation and recovery mental health services

Creating a seamless transition from secure settings into rehabilitation and recovery services is a complex challenge for many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). At this one day conference, we will look at all stages of the care pathway, from initial referral right through to discharge. We will identify and share areas of best practice, and look at ways of working together to improve patient experience and promote recovery.

Contact: To book your delegate place at this event, please visit the website to view the flyer and download the form. Alternatively email Liz Evans on or call 01604 616584.


Women and girls on the autism spectrum

Date: 9 October 2014

Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, London

Autism is an overwhelmingly male diagnosis – it has even been described as the "extreme male brain". But why do women only make up one in four of those diagnosed with autism? Are women really less likely to have autism or are they just slipping through the net? Could it be that they are just better than their male counterparts at adapting to social situations or are simply more skilled at pretending not to have autism?

This conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, will examine the unique challenges facing women and girls with autism. Key speakers will give insights into a wide range of issues. The programme will also feature first-hand accounts from women on the autism spectrum about the issues surrounding day-to-day living, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.

Our keynote speaker is Dr Wenn Lawson (formerly Wendy Lawson). Wenn is an internationally renowned and respected researcher, psychologist, writer and poet with high functioning autism.

Take advantage of our early booking rate – register by Friday 29 August 2014.

  • Early booking rate £195+VAT
  • NAS members rate £195+VAT
  • Standard rate £225+VAT
  • People on low income £75+VAT

Contact: Call Janet Matthews on 0115 911 3367 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Email: More details can be found on the website.


The Psychiatrist in the Criminal Court

Date: 9 October 2014

Venue: BMA House Tavistock Square London. WC1H 9JP

Psychiatrists are likely, during their careers, to be called to give evidence at Criminal Court.

This one day, interactive session will provide the tools necessary to provide excellent oral evidence. A fictional court will be set up and delegates will face the realities of questioning under pressure. Feedback will then be given to delegates and training will be given on how to deal with common questioning techniques.

Contact: To register, please click here


International Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health & the Hellenic Psychiatric Association

Date: 9 - 10 October 2014

Venue: Athens, Greece

International Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health & the Hellenic Psychiatric Association

Contact: Email:


Understanding the origins of violence

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Early bird rates valid until Tuesday 16 September 2014

Violence is inherent in human nature and a frequent manifestation in individuals, family, community and state activities. Rates of violence vary across these actors and debate rages as to the aetiology and significance of this variation. This conference will bring together eminent speakers from a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds to present up-to-date evidence and offer an opportunity for reflection and debate.

The conference will be of relevance to Child and Adolescent, General Adult and Forensic Psychiatrists, Forensic and Clinical Psychologists, Criminologists, Anthropologists, Geneticists, Neuroscientists, Criminal Justice Professionals, Probationers, Solicitors/Barristers, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, and members of the general public.

Contact: Ruth Cloves. Email: Tel: 020 7290 2985


Understanding and supporting challenging behaviour in people with autism

Date: 14 October 2014

Venue: Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham

This conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, features key speakers who will discuss factors which can trigger behaviours for people with autism which can be difficult for other people to deal with.

Responding effectively to behaviour that can be challenging remains a big concern for professionals. It is important for early intervention and planning to ensure that situations don’t escalate to a point when physical intervention seems the only option.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Wenn Lawson (formerly Wendy Lawson) will be giving the keynote address at the conference on the impact of sensory overload and what you can do to help.

Key topics:

  • positive behaviour support plans
  • improving care provision for people who self injure
  • sleep difficulties
  • risk assessment and management
  • good design for people with autism.

For details please visit the website. Register by Friday 29 August 2014 to take advantage of our early booking rate.

  • Early booking rate £195+VAT
  • NAS members rate £195+VAT
  • Standard rate £225+VAT
  • People on low income £75+VAT

Contact: Call Janet Matthews on 0115 911 3367 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Email: FInd out more details on the website


Broadmoor Hospital Seminar

Date: 15 October 2014

Venue: Learning and Development Centre, Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7EG

This afternoon conference will feature talks from 2 eminent international experts on psychopharmacology.

This conference is highly recommended for clinicians who care for patients with schizophrenia & personality disorder, long stay & difficult to treat patients and patients in secure settings.

The conference will feature Professor of Psychiatry Stephen Stahl from California, USA, a world authority on psychopharmacolgy, and Professor of Pharmacy David Taylor from the Mausdley Hospital another world renowned expert in this area.

Professor Stahl’s talk will focus on biological treatment in patients with a mental disorder and risk of violence. He will discuss recent progress in this area in the treatment of schizophrenia & personality disorder, and will also draw from his experience on producing international guidelines for treatment of these challenging patients.

Professor David Taylor, will discuss recent research with antipsychotics in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His talk will particularly focus on advantages & controversies of the use of long acting antipsychotics.

Conference cost: £90 (includes lunch and refreshments). Free parking available.

Contact: To request a booking form please email or telephone 01344 754081 for further information.


Sexuality and Learning Disabilities

Date: 17 October 2014

Venue: East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham

Understanding sexuality, sexual relationships and sexual behaviour in young people with learning disabilities is crucial in order to equip practitioners and educators offer the best and most appropriate advice and support to both promote healthy sexual development for this group as well as advocate their rights. It is also important to recognise when sexual behaviour is harmful and the developmental, psychological and social factors underpinning this, thus enabling practitioners a foundation for offering the most appropriate support and interventions to young people so they are better able to develop healthy, fulfilling and appropriate relationships with others.

Speakers: Eileen Vizard, Lesley Kerr Edwards, Ruth Bevan, Mel Turpin and Paul Jefferson

Contact: ACAMH Conferences, St Saviour’s House, 39-41 Union Street, London SE1 1SD
T: +44 (0)20 7403 7458; F: +44 (0)20 7403 7081; E:


Psychopharmacology in forensic settings

Date: 17 October 2014

Venue:Royal College of Physicians, London

This conference is aimed at all practitioners who work in secure settings. Delegates will be treated to a morning with Professor Stephen Stahl, world-renowned psychopharmacologist, who will provide a comprehensive discussion of the neurobiology of violence, receptor pharmacology and the use of medications in forensic settings.

Delegates will also learn about the use of medication in personality disorder, focusing on the ethics of this controversial area, the research evidence and the use of medications to manage paraphilias.
The day will end with a discussion of the use of pharmacology, restraint and seclusion in the management of violence. Keynote speaker: Professor Stephen Stahl

Fee: £ 195 – Early bird £ 145 (until 16th September 2014)

More information and bookings please visit the website. 

Contact: Alessandra Scotti Email: Tel: 0207 848 0694


Schizophrenia: Optimising prescribing and side-effects management

Date: 22 October 2014

Venue: St Andrew's Northampton NN1 5DG

Patients with schizophrenia make up a large proportion of typical general adult and forensic case loads. These patients are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer and metabolic disorders. They are more likely to die prematurely than the general public. Patients with schizophrenia are often prescribed anti-psychotics at high doses and in combination. The links between these associations are not straightforward. The onus is on psychiatrists to manage their patients mental health, physical health and risk management needs effectively and safely, even when there may be tension between these considerations.

This one-day meeting will provide clinicians with a state-of-the-art clinically relevant summary of our current knowledge of the neuropharmacology underpinning schizophrenia. It will introduce the audience to the latest prescribing patterns in schizophrenia in the UK. We will then look at the complex, and sometimes controversial links between antipsychotics, their side effects and physical illness. Finally we will look at what represents current best practice in prescribing and monitoring how to deliver that.

This meeting will appeal to prescribers in every general adult and forensic setting from the community to high security. It will appeal to Doctors and Pharmacists of all grades, to physical health leads and clinical governance and audit leads.

Early bird delegate fee £75.00 (on or before 24/914). Standard delegate fee £100.00 after 24 Sept 2014.

Contact: For the full programme and further details, or to book your place, please visit the website.
Alternatively contact Liz Evans, St Andrew’s, Cliftonville House, Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5DG, call 01604 616584 or email to


DISCO Training

Date: 22 & 23 Ocober 2014 & 22 & 23 January 2015

Venue: Lorna Wing Centre, Bromley

Accredited four day training course in DISCO (Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (Wing & Gould, 2002). This tool builds upon the concept of autism being a spectrum (Wing & Gould, 1979) and helps professionals to understand the needs of complex individuals, both children and adults. The course provides updates in the field of autism and some current topical issues. The assessment tool links with DSM5 and ICD 10.

The course is designed for specialist professionals who are involved in assessment and diagnosis and already have a working knowledge about autism.

Contact: Jo Parker Email: Tel: 020 8466 0098 Cost £1,275.00. More details can be found on the website 


The 4th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

Date: 22 - 24 October 2014

Venue: The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites

The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. These concerns impact significantly on the affected individual’s quality of life as well as their families, caregivers and the community.

This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The conference will focus on life transitions across the lifespan and health and mental health challenges associated with school transition, entering adult life and aging. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to maximize health and wellbeing so as to minimize disability and improve quality of life. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

The Advance Notice and Call for Abstracts are now available. Deadline for submissions is March 28, 2014.  For further information, visit the conference website.

Contact: Jessica Hsu Email:  Tel: 604-822-2801


Clinical Update | Sleep

Date: Friday 24 October 2014

Venue: Guy's Hospital, London

This one-day clinical update is aimed at doctors, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, neurologists, psychiatrists, scientists, sleep technicians and other professionals with an interest in sleep medicine.

During the day will review the latest research for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea. The topics will be grouped according to the symptomatic presentation of patients with hypersomnia, parasomnia and insomnia.

Course Fees:

  • £175 for Consultants and GPs
  • £125 for AHP’s and Trainee Doctors

Contact: Helen Barnard E | T | +44 (0) 207 188 1622 or Molly Stevens E | For more infomation please visit the website.

Paediatric Sleep Study Day

Date: 27 October 2014

Venue: London and Edinburgh

Up to 80% of children with additional support needs have a sleep problem. Research shows that many of these sleep problems respond to prompt, skilled intervention. However, sleep problems often go on for years as senior health professionals can be unsure of when or where to refer children for specialist support.

Sleep Scotland are running two Paediatric Sleep Study Days this autumn; one in London and one in Edinburgh. The cost of this training is £150 per delegates.

These one-day courses are for Paediatricians, GPs, Psychologists, Senior Nurses and other Senior Health Professionals who work with children or young people with additional support needs.

Participants will gain a good knowledge of sleep processes and the importance of sleep in the developing child, with a focus on ADHD and Autism. Following the course participants will be able to recognise many of the causes of poor sleep in children with additional support needs and be able to offer support and advice to parents and carers.

Contact:For more information please visit the website. Alternatively you can contact us on or 0131 651 1392

2nd Joined WPA-INA- HSAPRS Congress

Date: 30 October - 2 November 2014

Venue: Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece

It is a special pleasure to invite psychiatrists, basic and clinical neuroscientists, social and behavioural scientists as well as any professional involved in mental health to a joint congress event consisting of the 'World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference on Intersectional Collaboration’, the 'Fifth European Congress of the International Neuropsychiatric Association’ and the 'Second Interdisciplinary Congress on Psychiatry and Related Sciences'. Having been honoured through the active engagement of so many respectable international scientific organisations, our main aim is to promote the interface and interaction among various disciplines as they relate to Psychiatry. As ambitious as it might be, our effort in planning the congress programme shall be to seek for any convergence of these disciplines in quest of constructive synthesis, which could eventually lead to the betterment of research outcome and clinical care in Psychiatry.

Contact: Please visit the website. Email


WPA Thematic Conference on Intersectional Collaboration, 5th European Congress of INA & 2nd Interdisciplinary Congress on Psychiatry and Related Sciences
30 October - 2 November 2014

Venue: Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece

The aim of the congress is to promote the interface and interaction among various disciplines as they relate to Psychiatry and to seek for any convergence of these disciplines in quest of constructive synthesis, which could eventually lead to the betterment of research outcome and clinical care in Psychiatry.

Your abstract submissions will be most welcome and your particular contributions highly appreciated.
Submission Deadline for Symposia / Workshops / Round Table Discussions: 30 May 2014
Submission Deadline for Free Communications / Poster Presentations / Case Report: 16 July 2014
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 30 June 2014

Contact: Please visit the website. Email:, Tel: 0030210 7414700, Fax: 0030210 7257532




November 2014


Pathological Demand Avoidance Conference

Date: 4 November 2014

Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

A one-day conference providing professionals and parents with clearer understanding of the diagnostic criteria, plus essential strategies for education, management and communication.

The conference is running in association with NORSACA and the Elizabeth Newson Centre. PDA was first identified by Elizabeth Newson over 20 years ago and the Elizabeth Newson Centre is leading the way in diagnosis and support for people with PDA. The centre’s expertise means that you’ll be hearing the most up-to-date information and advice from authorities in the field.

Information on PDA is extremely limited and there are very few forums for learning about the disorder. This conference is an extremely rare opportunity to hear experts in the field discussing the latest strategies and best practice.

Register by Friday 19 September 2014 to take advantage of our early booking rate.

  • Early booking rate £195+VAT
  • NAS members rate £195+VAT
  • Standard rate £225+VAT
  • People on low income £75+VAT

Contact: Call Janet Matthews on 0115 911 3367 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Email: More details can be found on the website.


Making aInternational Feeding Disorders Conference

Date: 4 & 5 November 2014

Venue: Institute of Child Health

This is a two-day multi-disciplinary conference on feeding and eating in childhood and related disturbances. The emphasis will be on research and clinical practice developments relating to developmental, systemic and bio-behavioural aspects of feeding and eating disturbances.


  • Dr Mary Barker, Senior Lecturer, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton
  • Professor Mary Fewtrell, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition, UCL Institute of Child Health, London
  • Dr Sophie Nicklaus, Directrice de Recherches, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Dijon, France

Contact: More details can be found on the website


ADHD Assessment and treatment for Adults

Date: 6 November 2014

Venue: 41 Portland Place, London

Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder. With an onset in childhood it may persist throughout the lifespan and is increasingly recognised in the adult population leading to a rise in referrals for assessment and treatment in adults. Adults with ADHD typically present with a constellation of inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive symptoms and presentation can mimic anxiety, mood disorder or personality disorder leading to some diagnostic complexity. The impairment secondary to core symptoms of ADHD as well as comorbidity is known to have a high cost to individuals with ADHD in adulthood and this workshop aims to provide the tools to make an accurate and robust diagnosis and initiate appropriate treatment.

This one day workshop is a practical and clinically-focused introduction to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in adults using presentation, group discussion and cases from the National Adult ADHD Service giving delegates the opportunity to practice the use of diagnostic tools. In addition to assessment, the day will focus on the treatment of adults with ADHD including the use of stimulant medication, an introduction to the evidence base for psychological interventions and current NICE guidance.

Fee :£290. Includes a comprehensive delegate pack, sandwich lunch and refreshments.

Contact: Alessandra Scotti Email: Tel: 0207 848 0694


Essential Report Writing Skills - Civil Procedure

Date: 6 November 2014

Venue: BMA House Tavistock Square London. WC1H 9JP

This intensive course is designed to support you in your work as an expert witness.

Covering the key roles and responsibilities of the expert witness, including what solicitors want from experts, this course will ensure that you understand these responsibilities and will help you to avoid the major pitfalls when writing reports.

Focusing on civil procedure, the course will offer in-depth practical guidance on what makes a good report and will also offer you the opportunity to gain feedback on your own work.

Contact: To register, please click here

Personality Disorder: IPDE ICD-10 version and DSM-V alternatives model

Date: 6 & 7 November 2014

Venue:106 Picaddily Venue, Central London

Focus will be on the IPDE (International Personality Disorder Examination) ICD-10 version and The Alternative Model to Assessing Personality Disorder outlined in the new DSM-V. Attendees will score IPDE clinical video interviews and formulate using the DSM-V alternative model.

Cost includes provision of lunch, handouts, reading material and CPD certificate. The IPDE manual is not provided but this is not required for the training event. Cost is £440 + VAT.

Contact: Email:


Essential Courtroom Skills - Civil Procedure

Date: 7 November 2014

Venue: BMA House Tavistock Square London. WC1H 9JP

This intensive course is designed to support you in the most challenging part of your work as an expert witness.

Knowing what to expect and how to handle the challenges of giving evidence will ensure that you are able to perform at your best.

Contact: To register, please click here

Healthy Doctors: Healthy Patients

Date: 7 November 2014

Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

The conference key note speakers will focus on doctors and patient's health and well being.
The key note speakers are:

  • Dr Clare Gerada - Practitioner Health Programme, Chair of NHS England's board for transforming primary care in London
  • Dr Debbie Cohen - Senior Medical Research Fellow, Institute of Primary Care & Public Health, Director of Individual Support Programme, Cardiff University
  • Dame Rosemary Rue Lecture will be given by Professor Jane Anderson who is a consultant physician, director of the centre for the study of sexual health and HIV and honorary senior lecturer at Barts and The London.

Contact: Website and queries:


Psychiatry as a career: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Date: Tuesday 11 November 2014

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Have you ever considered a career in psychiatry? This afternoon meeting will inform you of the possibilities and diversity of a career in psychiatry.

The appealing programme includes information about career opportunities, an in depth look at 'a day in the life' of a clinical psychiatrist and will outline the training options open to you including psychiatric core training courses.

A drinks reception will follow the meeting where you will get the chance to meet with the expert speakers and ask them any further questions that you may have.
Programme includes:


  • The scope of psychiatry – why I chose it
  • Psychiatry as a research field
  • What makes a good psychiatrist?
  • Variety within psychiatry: Personalising your training paths

Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Max Pemberton, Psychiatrist, Author and Journalist

Contact: Ruth Cloves. Email: Tel: 020 7290 2985


Conference on survivIng and understanding trauma

Date:12 November 2014

Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, University of Liverpool

One day event on understanding trauma with speakers/topics. Cost: £192.00 including VAT

Contact: Rebecca Morgan Email: Tel: 0151 795 0406 Visit the website for more info


WASP Jubilee Congress

Date: 13 - 15 November 2014

Venue: Park Plaza Victoria, London, UK

The World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) was launched 50 years ago and the Jubilee celebration is the perfect opportunity to share with you the achievements of the association over the years and prepare for the future in the context of an academically stimulating and socially rewarding scientific meeting.

The theme of the congress is Social Psychiatry: past, present and future with an emphasis on the presentation of new research findings, clinical innovations and stimulating discussions of the opportunities for future international collaboration and achievement in our field.

The scientific program which we have prepared is second to none, with keynote contributions from world leaders on the social determinants of health and treatment response, further elaborated in linked symposia and oral presentations in which we look forward to your lively participation and enthusiastic contributions. We are inviting proposals for workshops, symposia, oral presentations and posters on matters central to social psychiatry across the life-span including new findings in the biopsychosocial aetiology of mental disorders, psychological and social interventions, combating stigma and discrimination and the use of new technologies in the delivery of care and support.

Contact:  Email:


DISCO Training

Date: 19 & 20 November 2014 & 12 & 13 February 2015

Venue: Lorna Wing Centre, Bromley

Accredited four day training course in DISCO (Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (Wing & Gould, 2002). This tool builds upon the concept of autism being a spectrum (Wing & Gould, 1979) and helps professionals to understand the needs of complex individuals, both children and adults. The course provides updates in the field of autism and some current topical issues. The assessment tool links with DSM5 and ICD 10.

The course is designed for specialist professionals who are involved in assessment and diagnosis and already have a working knowledge about autism.

Contact: Jo Parker Email: Tel: 020 8466 0098 Cost £1,275.00. More details can be found on the website 


Clinical & Forensic Interviewing Skills Masterclass

Date: 20 and 21 November 2014

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ (Corporate Suite / Lord Ashcroft Building)

This specialist training event is designed for experienced psychiatrists (at Consultant or ST grade) and applied psychologists who are keen to develop skills in forensic clinical interviewing.

The speaker is Dr Caroline Logan (University of Manchester/GMW NHS Trust) who has many years of experience in this area and has an extensive academic record.

The cost is only £195. The training has previously been offered for a cost substantially larger than this. The hosting organisation is not seeking to make a profit from attendees and is only opening up remaining places to external delegates to cover costs.

Contact: PLEASE EMAIL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR A BOOKING FORM. Ms Pauline Carter ( - primary contact. Dr Peter Beazley - Conference Organiser -


Learning to use the START

Date: 21 November 2014

Venue: Institute of Psychiatry, London, SE5 8AF

This workshop will provide training in the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START: Webster, Martin, Brink, Nicholls, & Middleton), a structured professional clinical guide for the dynamic assessment of seven risk domains (violence, suicide, self-harm, victimization, substance use, unauthorised leave, and self-neglect). The START is intended for use alongside other structured risk assessment devices such as the HCR-20. The START provides a distinct opportunity to involve patient strengths as well as vulnerabilities in the development of risk management plans. The workshop will focus on how START can inform decision-making when used with patients in correctional, civil and forensic mental health settings. Speaker: Dr Adrian Cree.

Fee: £ 295. The fee includes a comprehensive delegate pack, the START manual, a sandwich lunch and refreshments.

Contact: Alessandra Scotti Email: Tel: 0207 848 0694


Autism and Communication Conference

Date: 25 November 2014

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Reading

Hear the latest information from experts in the field and learn from case studies illustrating best practice. With three different seminar streams to choose from, delegates can select the seminars which are most relevant to their work.

Our keynote speaker, Gina Davies, is one of the top experts in the UK at helping young people to develop communication skills. She will be looking at how we can inspire attention in people with autism and how to make therapy irresistible.

We are also pleased to welcome Carol Gray over from the US. Carol pioneered the development of Social Stories™ and will be giving her unique insights into the next generation of social stories, the right way to work with them, and will discuss some common errors in how they are used.

Register by Friday 26 September 2014 to take advantage of our early booking rate.

  • Early booking rate £195+VAT
  • NAS members rate £195+VAT
  • Standard rate £225+VAT
  • People on low income £75+VAT

Contact: Call Janet Matthews on 0115 911 3367 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Email: More details can be found on the website.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Male Adolescents: Approaches to risk assessment and intervention

Date: 26 & 27 November 2014

Venue: The Pines Hotel, Chorley, PR6 7EB

This training focuses on developing an understanding of harmful sexual behaviour in male youth (age 12 to 18 years). It will address how to assess and work effectively with this group, drawing parallels to the sexual risk assessment and offence treatment literature and indicating the extent to which this applies.

It will cover use and adminstration of a popular structured clinical risk assessment tool for sexually harmful behaviour: the J-SOAP II (Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II, Prentky & Righthand, 2003). This can be applied to male adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age.

Attendees will utilise case material to assess using this tool.

Contact: Queries can be directed to Dr Carol A Ireland who is leading the event: Bookings can be made direct via the website.



December 2014


Understanding neurodevelopment in children and adults

Date: 12 December 2014

Venue: Campanile, 10 Tunnel Street, Glasgow, G3 8HL



  • John Carnochan - The early years: the closest thing to magic without being magic,
  • Prof Christopher Gillberg - Children's developmental problems: which path will they take?,
  • Dr Sebastian Lundstrom - Autism spectrum disorders: prevalence issues and the role of broad phenotyping,
  • Dr Permal Shah - Could my patient have ADHD?,
  • Professor Helen Minnis - Child abuse, neglect and neurodevelopment: a toxic mix across the lifespan,
  • Professor Andrew Gumley - Trauma, abuse and psychosis.

Event objective: To increase psychiatrists understanding of neurodevelopment across the lifespan.
Delegate fee £50 (includes lunch)

Contact: To book a place contact: Irene O'Neill, Academic Secretary, Caledonia House,
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 201 9239. Email:


Free Association Today

Date: Friday 12 December - Sunday 14 December 2014

Venue: UCL

Free association –the practice of first allowing and then making known all the thoughts that may occur to us without regard to reason, properness or relevance - retains its original power to disturb, but a potential to bring relief and insight as well. At the beginning, it had a central part in the development of psychoanalytic technique. And it informed Freud’s view of unconscious mental functioning. Today, do the principles behind free association continue to be defining ingredients of psychoanalysis? Free association has developed in different ways in different branches of the psychoanalytic method. The Conference will consider some of the ways in which both the method itself and the ideas behind it have evolved. It will address the potentially vital nature of their role in the future development of ideas about thinking, language, symbolism, creativity, technique and therapeutic action.

Time will be given for discussion from the floor. Saturday afternoon will be devoted to Parallel Paper sessions. On Friday afternoon, David Tuckett will be offering a large group Clinical Workshop. Smaller Clinical Seminars will be offered on Friday early evening.

Clinical seminar leaders will include: Robin Anderson, Dana Birksted-Breen, Cathy Bronstein, Michael Diercks, Leon Kleimberg, Chris Mawson, Edna O’Shaughnessy, Caroline Polmear, David Taylor, and Rudi Vermote.

Call for papers
Parallel paper sessions in smaller groups will be held on Saturday afternoon. If you are interested in submitting a parallel paper on the conference topic or connected issues please contact Abstracts of papers will need to be with us by 1 October 2014.

Contact: To register please visit the website or contact


World Psychiatric Association Regional Congress 2014

Date: 12 -14 December 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Theme of Congress: Yin and Yang of Mental Health in Asia - Balancing Polarities. The WPA Regional Congress Hong Kong 2014 will provide a platform for the regional mental health community to share and present the latest knowledge and innovation in the field. The scientific programme encompasses a wide range of topics facilitating professional exchanges and sharing amongst experts and practitioners in various mental health spheres. Distinguished international and local speakers have been invited to deliver plenary lectures and talks along the Congress theme. We are honoured that the following prominent clinicians/scientists from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region will present plenary lectures in the Congress.


Abstract submissions for oral or poster presentations is now open. Awards will be given to the best abstracts for oral & poster presentations.

Contact: More details can be found on the website. Email: Tel: Tel: +(852) 2871 8787



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World Psychiatric Association International Congress

Date: 18 - 22 Nov 2016

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

The theme of the Congress will be Psychiatry: Integrative Care for the Community” and will explore the integration of the four the dimensions of psychiatric care in psychiatry’s scope of practice, as well as psychiatry’s social contract with the communities it serves.