‘Mind-Reading 2017: Mental Health and the Written Word’ is a one-day programme of talks and workshops which seeks to explore productive interactions between literature and mental health both historically and in the present day. Organised by UCD and University of Oxford, the programme will take place on 10 March 2017 at dlr LexIcon, and aims to identify the roles that writing and narrative can play in medical education, patient and self-care, and/or professional development schemes.

Venue: Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire

Conference Organisers:
Dr. Elizabeth Barrett (UCD) and Dr. Melissa Dickson (Oxford).

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. James V. Lucey (TCD)
Prof. Fergus Shanahan (UCC)
Prof. Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford)

Bringing together psychologists, psychiatrists, interdisciplinary professionals, GPs, service users, and historians of literature and medicine, we will be asking questions about literature as a point of therapeutic engagement. We will explore methods that can be used to increase the wellbeing and communication skills of healthcare providers, patients and family members.

Conference Coordinator:
Victoria Sewell (UCD)

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Event Schedule

9.30 Arrival and Registration

10.00am–10.45 Introduction and Keynote Address: 
‘Listening to patients, telling their stories’. Professor James V. Lucey, Trinity College Dublin.

10.45–11.00 Coffee break 

11.00am –12.30 Workshops

Workshop A: Children’s Books Ireland and the Book Doctor Project.

Workshop B: Poetry of Disquiet: Professor Femi Oyebode, University of Birmingham.

Workshop C: Lived Experiences- Memoirs, meaning and mental illness.: With the RE:FOCUS group led by Dr Anne Jeffers, College of Psychiatry of Ireland.

12.30–13.30 Lunch at Brambles Café 

13.30–14.15 Keynote Address: ‘Mining Medicine from Literature’.
Professor Fergus Shanahan, University College Cork.

14.50 –15.40 Workshops

Workshop D: Bibliotherapy: The Power of Words Project and the HEAL Project: Health Education and Literacy for our Community,

Workshop E: Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on stress and overwork: Dr. Melissa Dickson and Researchers from the ERC-funded Diseases of Modern Life

Workshop F: The Shared Experiences of Clinicians: Led by Dr. Elizabeth Barrett, Associate Professor, UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ms. Caroline Ward, UCD Student Counselling Service, Dr. Niamh Geaney, GP and writer, University of Limerick.

15.40pm Coffee break 

16.00 –16.45 Keynote Address: 
‘Literary Texts and http://buytramadolbest.com Medical Case Studies’.  Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford.

16.45 Feedback Q&A and Closing Remarks


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