The Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing has announced its 4th Annual Symposium entitled ‘Recovery and Mental Health in Ireland: The State of Play’. This symposium will be held on 6 June 2013 in the Douglas Hyde Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Athlone Institute of Technology. The programme will include a presentation by Catherine O’Grady on The Creative Well, a participatory arts and mental health programme in County Kildare.

Programme Details

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and coffee

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome – Prof Cíarán O’Cáthain, President of AIT

09.45 – 10.30 Breathing life into recovery a fresh look at re-enchantment:  Dr Mike Watts

10.30 – 12.00 Debate: ‘Personal recovery should override clinical recovery’

Speaking for the motion: Rory Doody and Dr Harry Gijbels

Speaking against the motion: Dr Mary Clarke and Dr Adam Kavanagh

12.00 – 12.30 Enabling recovery a report of a randomized control trial:  Dr Anne Sheridan

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Recovery principles and values within community living: Joan Hamilton

14.30 – 15.00 The Creative Well programme: Catherine O’Grady

15.00 – 15.30 Peer Led Recovery Education: Michael Ryan

15.30 – 15.50 Panel Discussion

15.50 – 16.00 Best poster prizes and closing remarks: Prof Agnes Higgins


Poster presentations are welcome. Please e-mail abstracts to: or Closing date for abstracts is 30 May 2013.

Conference fee: Students: €5.00 | Non-students: €30.00
For more information and booking please visit

To learn more about The Creative Well programme please see the case study:


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