16 AND 17 NOVEMBER 2011

A Two-Day Conference organised by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork and the Critical Voices Network Ireland


Time: 9.00 – 17.00

Registration: Wednesday 16 November from 9.15 – 10.00 am. Thursday 17 November from 8.15 - 9.00 am

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.


The conference will address and consider:

the use of medication as the dominant response to distress in mental health care

medication withdrawal concerns, strategies and solutions

creative and enabling non-medicated ways of working.


This free two-day conference provides people from diverse backgrounds (self-experience, survivors, professionals, academics, carers) to present, discuss and debate critical and creative perspectives on and beyond the dominant bio-medical approach.  Last year’s conference saw the launch of the Critical Voices Network Ireland (CVNI), a network of people interested in considering and developing responses to human distress, which are creative, enabling, respectful and firmly grounded in human rights. The conference will include an open forum to discuss the on-going work of the CVNI.


Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order): Jacqui Dillon ( Chair of the Hearing Voices Network, Director of Intervoice, voice hearer, author of Experiencing Psychosis, England; Jacqui will give the opening address ), Anna Emmanouilidou (Clinical Psychologist, Hellenic Mental Health and Research Centre, Greek Observatory for human rights in the mental health field, Greece), Peter Lehmann (Publisher, social scientist, survivor of psychiatry, author of Coming off psychiatric drugs and Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry, Germany), Eleanor Longden (Voice hearer, PhD student, coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee, England), Terry Lynch (Medical doctor and psychotherapist,  author of Selfhood and Beyond Prozac, Ireland), Sami Timimi (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, founder of the International Critical Psychiatry Network and of the 'No More Psychiatric Labels' Campaign, author of A Straight-talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems, England)


Workshop Presenters (in alphabetical order): Gerardine Boyle, Patrice Campion, Michelle Dalton, Jacqui Dillon (England), Pauline Dolan, Suzanne Engelen (Netherlands), Donna English, Harry Gijbels, Maria Gillen, Joan Hamilton, Raphaella Heaslip, Anita Hegarty, Kay Inckle, Yasmin Khan, Peter Lehmann (Germany), Angie Lindenau, Eleanor Longden (England), Mary Maddock, Liam Minogue, Benny McCabe, John McCarthy, Fiona Morrissey, Jacquie Nicholson (Scotland), Kevin O’Shanahan, Rudie Pamer, Nicki Power, Shula Ramon (England), Doug Ross, Lydia Sapouna, Valerie Walsh, Alastair Yarrow.


Registration by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please make sure you give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 16 November, Thursday 17November, or both days).


Programme details will be on and  within next few weeks. Check for accommodation. To get to Brookfield (UCC) check Parking facilities limited around UCC. Try car park next to Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross (10 walk from venue via footbridge behind Western Gate Way Building on Western Road). Coffees and lunches not included. There are restaurants and cafes in and around the conference venue.


Conference organisers are Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland.