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History of Mental Health: Joint Annual Conference of the History and Philosophy of Psychology section and the UK Critical Psychiatry Network

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 - Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at Leeds Trinity University

The British Psychological Society's History & Philosophy of Psychology Section in collaboration with the UK Critical Psychiatry Network invites submissions for its 2016 Annual Conference to be held at Leeds Trinity University 22nd-23rd March.

The theme of the conference is the history of mental health, with keynote addresses from Professor Gail Hornstein (Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts) and Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (University College London). Papers are invited in related areas such as clinical psychology, psychiatry, service users, resistances to psychiatry, critical perspectives and interventions.

Who is the Conference intended for?

Academics (psychology, philosophy, medicine, history, sociology), clinicians (mental health), mental health service users/carers, postgraduate students.

The conference is open to independent and professional scholars in all relevant fields, not just Section or British Psychological Society members.

To download the conference programme, please click here


Submissions for this event were accepted until 23:59 Sunday 17th January 2016.


Four bursaries are available to those working with mental health charitable organisations, service user groups or carers’ groups. If you wish to apply for a bursary please contact Dr. Alison Torn on

Wine reception and Dinner

A wine reception is included in delegate fees and will be held at Weetwood Hall at 7pm Tuesday 22nd March. This will be followed by the conference dinner (not included in delegate fees).


If you would like to book accommodation, the committee suggest the nearby Village Hotels - Leeds North. To make a reservation, please call the hotel’s Central Reservations team 01925 873284 and quote ‘pro10a’ to receive a 10% discount. Leeds Trinity University is approximately 3.5 miles from Village Hotels - Leeds North. Transport will be available between venues.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Further details to follow.

10:00Conference Starts
13:00Conference continues
16:30Event Close

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Further details to follow.

10:00Conference Starts
13:00Conference continues
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Gail Hornstein

Keynote Speaker
Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts, USA), researches contemporary history and practices of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in many scholarly and popular publications, and she is author of two books: To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, which questions standard assumptions about treatment through the story of a pioneering psychiatrist; and Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, which shows how the insights of people diagnosed with ‘psychosis’ can challenge fundamental assumptions about madness and mental life. Gail’s Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English, now in its 5th edition with more than 1,000 titles, is used internationally by educators, clinicians, and peer organizations. She works closely with psychiatric survivor groups, is actively involved in training and research to expand the Hearing Voices Network in the United States, and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe.


Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Keynote Speaker
Joanna's research consists of an analysis of all aspects of psychiatric drug treatment, including subjective experiences, history of drug treatment, a critique of evidence for drug treatments, theoretical perspectives on psychiatric drug treatment, and political aspects of drug treatment, including work on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Joanna is also interested in the nature and function of diagnosis in modern psychiatric practice, and in the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally.

Joanna has written three books: The Myth of the Chemical Cure, published by Palgrave Macmillan, A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs, published by PCCs books and The Bitterest Pills: the troubling story of antipsychotic drugs published by Palgrave.


Leeds Trinity University

Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5HD •  Website•  Directions

The Conference will be held at Leeds Trinity University

Weetwood Hall

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS •  Website•  Directions

Weetwood Hall will host the wine reception and conference dinner. Accommodation is also available, please identify your interest on the booking form and a link to book will be e-mailed with your confirmation. The hotel is 3 miles from the conference venue, but a free shuttle bus will transport delegates between the two sites.

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