Annual Conference: Are We All Mad?
Our keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Conference is Karl Gregory, who will be leading a day on the theme of “Are We All Mad?”. He says:
“People who behaved differently from the ‘norms’ of society were perceived as ‘mad’ even our psychiatric services have struggled with this concept over the years. Now with the new diagnostic manual (DSM5) many life events have a mental illness diagnosis making the statistical likely hood of a mental health problem in your lifetime even higher.
In this keynote I will explore this sea change in our perception of ‘madness’, with our intolerance with difference, the wish to be ‘happy’ all the time so that struggles in life become diagnosed as illness and then the search for the drug to cure all ‘ills’.
I will address the need for counsellors to connect subjectively with the person who comes to counselling rather than objectifying our clients with a diagnosis.”
During the day there will be an opportunity to take part in workshops led by Karl, Anne Duke and Louise Mill, on a variety of subjects. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more details, and information on booking a place, please download the flyer and booking form.