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WNWRC - Enhancing our Understanding of Mental Illness and Contemporary Mental Healthcare.(25/06/22) CPD Presenter: Mr Tom O Grady
25-06-2022   Registration : 09:30.a.m. Starts: 10:00 a.m.: 17:00 p.m..
7 CPD hours
IACP Members Only

Places Limited to 40

Bookings will close Thursday 23rd June 2022

WNWRC - Enhancing our Understanding of Mental Illness and Contemporary Mental Healthcare

Presenters Bio: 

Tom O Grady has been a lecturer in mental health care for the past 16 years. With a background in general and psychiatric nursing, as well as addiction counselling, he also currently practices as an integrative psychotherapist. He has coordinated a Post Graduate Diploma/Masters in Community Mental health at St Angela’s College, Sligo for the past 16 years. This programme has offered academic opportunities to qualified psychiatric nurses from all over the Republic of Ireland. He has also published academic papers in relevant peer reviewed journals in the area of mental health care and bereavement.

Workshop Outline:

Mental health care has evolved significantly in recent years with the philosophy of recovery challenging the dominance of the biomedical approach. The service user’s voice, the recovery ethos and research has disputed the idea that some diagnoses in mental health would automatically result in a chronic deterioration in the individual’s mental wellbeing as well as their quality of life and social engagement.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an understanding of mental illness, contemporary approaches to mental health care and its implications in psychotherapeutic practice or  interventions.

 The intended learning outcomes as a result of attending the workshop include:

1. Knowledge of the various mental illnesses, their incidence, impact and possible contemporary care options from a biopsychosocial perspective.

2. Awareness of the concept of recovery in mental health care and what this means in the overall historical evolution of this care.  

3. Reflect on underlying assumptions about mental illness and some of the practical and ethical challenges associated with psychotherapy for this population.

4. Explore some psychotherapeutic supports for individuals with a diagnosis of a psychotic illness as well as how they cope with consequences of stigma.

5. Gain a more nuanced understanding of the lived illness experience from an ‘expert by experience’ including experiences of the everyday management of illness and recovery, interpersonal relationships, emotions, spiritual and existential questions, social and emotional impact of illness, experiences of stigma, treatment and services use.

6. Reflect on the place of counselling and psychotherapy within the context of contemporary mental health care.

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