I seem to have missed an entire event on the website – by some miracle we managed to have an AMHPA conference at Theatre Clwyd in Mold on 19th May but, as with the forthcoming event, it only came together too late in the day for it to feel comfortable!
You should be able to download a flyer with this link – I’m currently having a problem uploading files to the website itself so I’ve stored it with Google as a temporary measure. Let us know if you have any problems downloading it.
Brockholes is a new venue for AMHPA – a change from our regular site due to the closure of the Woodlands in Chorley. It should be equally accessible to anybody who has previously been to our Lancashire events – there are directions provided on the website.
The schedule for the 13th July includes Yasmin Ishaq talking to us about the work she is doing implementing the Open Dialogue Approach in mental health services in the South East. We know that there is a lot of interest from social workers in this model – it’s a very natural fit for the values and skill base that social workers bring to mental health services.
We also have Dr. Louise Theodosiou who is a CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist working in central Manchester who will be providing an overview of current practice and recent developments in the CAMHS sphere. We are aware that the detention of young people under the Mental Health Act is on the increase and that AMHPs who are not in teams working with younger people are very keen to have an update in this area.
We’re also very pleased to have representatives from Combat Stress talking about the services that they provide. Combat Stress is a highly-regarded service providing specialised support to a population who are particularly vulnerable to certain forms of mental illness.
We’ve been beset by various issues with venues and bookings this year which means that all of the events have only been finalised and publicised a very short time before the event itself. We’re determined that this won’t happen over the next 12 months and we’re getting into the best time of the year for long-term planning. Taking Stock is on the 19th October this year – the line-up is almost finalised and so we can concentrate on the events planned for 2018.
The event at the LACE is always well-attended so we’re likely to stick with that venue. We think we might try Chester Zoo again – the location is also handy for a lot of people. I’m always happy with Theatre Clwyd and we’ll get planning on next year’s event far in advance. We’re curious to see how Brockholes works for us – it being our first time at the venue – and I am determined we won’t be in the same position next year with so little time to organise our Lancashire conference.