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Human Givens Conference
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June 2014
Sunningdale, Berkshire

Mental health in the digital age: is it possible?

The many wonders of digital technology are genuine enough but are they, like the Pied Piper of Hamlyn’s beautiful music, spiriting children away from reality?  
Why is mental health not improving, despite the cost to the economy in England alone rising to over £105 billion per annum? (And government expecting treatment costs to double in the next 20 years.) Mental illness – rather than, say, a bad back or a broken arm – is now the number one reason for people claiming ‘sickness benefit’.  
Is the compulsive use of social media addictive and, if so, does it need to be treated as such?  
Online bullying drives some people to kill themselves and voyeurism, grooming by paedophiles and theft are increasing because of the internet. Can anything be done about this or do we get the type of society we deserve?  
Is target obsession disorder (TOD) – made easier by data collection – stripping context out of policy-making in health care?  
Does easy number crunching bias the direction scientific research takes?  
What are the ‘lies, damned lies, and statistics’ that are affecting how psychiatry medicates children and adults?  
How does caetextia (context blindness) virulently infect education, medicine, psychiatry, scientific research, policing and the media?  
Is online psychotherapy better than no psychotherapy?  
Evolution: will the digital world change our species?  

Guest speaker:

Richard Bentall
Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His books include Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature, which won the British Psychological Society Book Award in 2004 and, Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail – both best sellers. He is currently building a research group focusing on the psychological mechanisms of severe mental illness and social factors that affect these mechanisms. It is for this reason he is a speaker of interest to those employing the human givens approach.

Conference Programme 2014

Saturday 14th June
9.00 Registration  
9.30 Introduction to the conference theme
Ivan Tyrrell
10.15 How the digital world is affecting school life
Debbie Atkins
11.00 Coffee/tea break  
11.30 How the internet is affecting home life
Julie Johnson
12.15 How many digits do we need? The potentials and pitfalls of technology in the workplace
Catherine Harris
13.00 Lunch  
14.15 Doctoring the mind in the digital age
Richard Bentall
15.30 Coffee/tea break  
16.00 Questions to Richard Bentall from the floor
Chair: Joe Griffin
16.45 Ends  
17.45 HGI AGM and a short presentation by Bill Andrews on the
value of collecting digital data about therapeutic outcomes
– AGM ends at 19.00
20.00 Dinner  


Sunday 15th June
9.30 Working with children affected by online abuse
Chris Dyas, NSPCC
10.15 The lack of real world skills in the digital generation
Gareth Hughes
11.00 Coffee/tea break  
11.30 Online psychotherapy guidelines
Linda Singer
12.00 Your thoughts: attendees split up in small groups to discuss a range of topics arising from the theme
Facilitators: Sue Saunders, Miriam Chachamu
13.00 Lunch  
14.15 Discussion with Joe and Ivan and other speakers of issues raised by the group discussions – anyone can speak
Chair: Miriam Chachamu
15.15 Coffee/tea  
15.45 Sleepwalking into the future – how technology is changing the global context
Julie Lawrence
16.45 Thanks and close  

Special Conference Package

£295.00 per delegate

This covers attendance at both days, including lunch, Saturday evening dinner, refreshments at each break and conference materials.
To book your place call: 01323 811662

Excellent single and double accommodation, including breakfast
is available on site. To arrange, call: 01344 634395

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