Implicit bias in psychiatric practice; What lessons can philosophy offer to practitioners, learners, and educators? – Call for abstracts.
Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatry
Implicit bias is a growing area of interest in modern healthcare. The rising awareness of its role in modern practice is related to the acknowledgment of health inequalities that are partly dependent on the difficulty to tackle its presence. As a phenomenon it has been shown to be pervasive and to exist independently of the values and beliefs of individuals, thus raising important questions of philosophical interest. For a discipline like psychiatry, this is even more relevant since its theory is pregnant with conceptual challenges, that in combination with the constraints of everyday practice, implicitly shape the reflective and ethical deliberations of practitioners.
The Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatry invites papers for their annual conference that will explore philosophical contributions on how Implicit Bias impacts psychiatric practice and considerations on how to approach it in medical education in mental health. We seek presentations that address topics including but not limited to:
• Philosophical perspectives on the phenomenon of implicit bias
• Implicit bias, learning, and moral cognition
• Cultural and organizational factors that shape implicit biases in psychiatric practice
• Philosophical perspectives on the presence of stereotypes and prejudices in psychiatric practice
• The epistemic impact of implicit bias in the practitioner’s everyday life
• Implicit bias, Intuitive judgments, and clinical expertise
• Decision making, moral responsibility, and implicit bias
• Empathy and implicit bias in psychiatric practice
• Philosophical contributions on implicit bias to consider for learners and educators involved in medical education in mental health.
The conference will be held online via Zoom on 15/09/2021. We are seeking presentations of approximately 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes of discussion time. If you would like to be considered for a presentation, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio with your affiliation at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is on 07/07/2021 at midnight. We will provide feedback on the submission made. The final program will be advertised in the second half of July.