Can literature and narrative improve the lives of young people? Mind Reading 2019 is a one-day programme of talks and workshops bringing together literary and humanities scholars with service users and practitioners in the field of child and adolescent mental health. This event is taking place on 17 May at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Together we will ask questions about the role of literature as a point of therapeutic engagement in caring for children, adolescents, and young people. We are interested in how literature might play a role when we experience pain, trauma, and stress, as well as the ways in which literature might be employed as a tool to improve communication and foster understanding between medical learners, healthcare providers, service users, and family members.

Confirmed speakers:
Joanne Dunphy, Vice Principal at Oxford Spires Academy;
Dr Mina Fazel (Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Oxford);
Dr Gordon Bates (MBChB, MMedSc; PhD Candidate at the University of Birkbeck);
Dr Edward Harcourt (Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford and Director of Research, AHRC);
Dr Gaby Illingworth and Dr Rachel Sharman (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences);
Dr Jacqueline Yallop (Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University);
Professor Brendan Stone (Deputy Vice-President for Education, The University of Sheffield);
Barbara-Anne Wren (Consultant Psychologist, Wren Psychology Associates).

Hosted by Dr Melissa Dickson (Birmingham), Dr Elizabeth Barrett (University College Dublin) and Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford).



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