Some thoughts on a second Open Dialogue workshop

Some thoughts on an open dialogue workshop that I attended today in Liverpool, interestingly almost precisely one year on from the last workshop I attended, so I thought an interesting opportunity to see how thinking within the process has developed and how my own thoughts have crystallised over the intervening year. Throughout the first session…

Madness

On Tuesday I’m leading a group discussion at the Manchester branch of Cafe Psychologique. The title of the evening is Madness and I thought that for this blog post I might post a quick outline of my intended introduction to the two halves of the evening. What I present below can be, in some ways,…

On being ‘Strictly bipolar’

I’m giving a talk in a couple of weeks and I thought that, as a ‘cheaty’ blog post I would put up my text that I’m preparing for that talk. This is something of a work in progress, and also a little long… But any comments or feedback would be gratefully received. Introduction In this…

Brief thoughts on a change in consent case law…

I am interested in the way in which clinicians interact with patients to share information. One obvious example of this is in the discussion of treatment options, and I’ve published a small research project looking at the manner in which consultant psychiatrists address ideas of ‘shared decision making’ in relation to antipsychotic prescribing (Shepherd, A.,…

BIGSPD conference – reflections

I attended a conference last week in Leeds, the BIGSPD 16th annual conference. I was able to present a paper there describing themes emerging from a systematic review I’ve carried out as part of my PhD – I’ll put the presentation on my other, PhD related, blog site. For this blog I wanted to think…

Social media use and expressions of mental distress

I’ve written previously with some thoughts on the ethics of researching social media spaces. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this as I’ve been working on a project in parallel with my PhD looking at how social media is used by people who self-identify as accessing mental health services. I think this is an…