Open Dialogue seminar in London on 8th October
For more information about the Open Dialogue approach, please visit the Open Dialogue UK website.
Soteria Derbyshire Meeting on 20th April
Soteria Derbyshire Meeting on 26th January
Two events with Robert Whitaker in Brighton in December
'Soteria in the Pub' on 6th December
On the evening of Thursday 6th December Soteria Brighton will be holding their first 'Soteria in the Pub' event. And what a first event it is too. Robert Whitaker, award winning journalist from Boston, US, and author of ‘Mad in America’ and ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’, two of the most popular and incisive books in the field of mental health in recent years, will be in conversation with a local psychiatrist, and with members of the audience too of course. The topic of conversation, naturally, will be the medical model, the evidence base for it, and the use of psychiatric medication, amongst other things. Following the conversation there will be some music to enjoy and the opportunity to continue the conversation over a drink or two. Tickets are limited and you are advised to book early (£5 or £3 concessions). For full details of the event, and to book tickets, please visit this page on the Soteria Brighton website or telephone 07583 439036.
'Open Dialogue, Soteria and the Medical Model' on 7th December
On Friday 7th December the Open Paradigm Project will be running its first event, ‘Open Dialogue, Soteria, and the Medical Model’, a day long seminar with Robert Whitaker and Nick Putman focusing on the problematics of the evidence base at the heart of the medical model, particularly for ‘psychosis’. Two alternative models will be presented, the Open Dialogue model from Finland and the Soteria model, both of which themselves have a strong evidence base. The results of the Open Dialogue studies in particular are very impressive - the best documented outcomes in the Western World.
Robert Whitaker will be talking about his research into the evidence base for the use of antipsychotics, which suggests that they may well be increasing the severity/chronicity of psychosis in the long-term, as well as the implications from the research into the Open Dialogue and Soteria models. Nick Putman is a psychotherapist who is actively involved in the development of the Soteria and Open Dialogue models in the UK. He has been to Western Lapland twice this year to study the Open Dialogue approach, and will be introducing the approach as well as describing his experience of being with the Open Dialogue teams in Finland. He will also be introducing the Soteria model and contrasting it with the Open Dialogue approach.
To celebrate the formation of the Open Paradigm Project this seminar is being offered at a reduced rate of £40 for the day, with a £20 rate for students and those who are low-waged and a £5 rate for those in receipt of benefits. For more detail on the seminar, and to book your place, please visit this page on the Open Paradigm Project website or telephone 01273 930999.
Soteria Bradford conference
Soteria Bradford have arranged a conference: Beyond Medication: how do we reduce our dependence on psychotropic drugs?
This will be held on Monday 10th. December, 10-4pm, at Culture Fusion, Thornton Road, Bradford BD1 2EP.
Speakers include: Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic; Rufus May, Clinical Psychologist; Rachel Waddington, Camden Mind and Hearing Voices.
Tickets: £80 waged; £30 students; £20 service users and carers.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07734881430 for information or booking form.
Please send a cheque made out to Soteria Network, together with your Name, Address, E-mail and phone number to:
Jen Kilyon, 27, Bank Crest, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire. BD17 5HB
Soteria Network AGM 2012
‘Living, Loving and Thriving with Aspergers’ conference
Light on Paranoia - A Free One Day Conference
You are invited to a FREE one day conference to celebrate the launch of our new three year project to develop a network of peer support groups for people struggling with paranoia and overwhelming beliefs. This exciting and unique event will combine talks and workshops from renowned speakers such as Peter Bullimore, Rufus May and Dolly Sen. It will include stories of recovery, innovative approaches to working with paranoia and plenty of ideas to take home on how to cope with, and recover from, distressing experiences. It is open to service users, survivors, carers and clinicians. Please book your place. E: email@example.com or T: 020 7625 9042 and ask for John or Dolly .
Donation received from collection at Brodie's funeral
'The last few years were an extremely difficult time for Brodie due to mental health problems. Although he tried to hide it, he was in a lot of torment and pain, and was let down by a system whose only answer was to force him to be constantly medicated, which Brodie found extremely difficult due to side effects that took away his quality of life. All his choices were taken away from him and he was left no hope for the future'