Values Based Theory Network Meetings

Forthcoming events

We are working on various plans for future meetings – for example  follow-on work building on the conference in Manchester in 2020, and a  seminar series jointly with a mental health NGO exploring concepts of public mental health post-pandemic Depending on how the Covid pandemic plays out these and other meetings are likely to take the form of either on-line or hybrid (on-line plus face-to-face) events We welcome ideas for future meetings – please contact the Network lead, Anna Bergqvist (

Past Events

Experts By Experience – 5th February 2020
A Critical Discourse One-Day Conference in Manchester

A joint meeting between the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry(INPP) and the MMU Mental Health Research Group.

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Experts by experience are people who have personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses health, mental health and/or social care services that we regulate. How do people with lived experience contribute to scientific knowledge? The concept of expertise by experience raises wider opportunities for stakeholders to take a more active part in patient-led mental health research. Such research may include conventional forms of objective knowledge such as randomised controlled trials or bench mark science.

15 November 2018: Advanced Studies Seminar themed ‘Co-Production in the Development of Values-Based Practice Addiction Services in Brazil’. Organised in collaboration with the CAB Network. Meeting held at the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, St Catherine’s College University of Oxford.

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Guilherme Messas (Professor of Psychiatry, Santa Casa Medical School, Sau Paulo, Brazil).

Kim Woodward-Dodd (NHS Governance and Healthcare Professional Researcher, University of Northampton).

Lucy Webb (CAB Network Lead; Reader of Nursing and Addiction Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University).

Elizabeth Pienkos (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Clarkson University).

27-30 September 2018: World Psychiatric Association Special Symposium themed ‘Value Philosophy and Mental Health’. Workshop held at the 2018 WPA World Congress, Mexico City.


This event is a Special Symposium of the WPA Section of Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry (SPHP) organised by the VBP Theory Lead Bergqvist. Psychiatry and analytic psychology have much to offer the philosophical humanities, not least issues regarding the mind and personal identity but also issues regarding the centrality of values and relationality in mental health; conversely, the growing body of evidence from integrative biosocial models suggest that sound ethical thinking in clinical practice is not easily reduced to the traditional theories or simple considerations of empathetic care. The workshop integrates original work in value philosophy as a way of expanding the three fields of psychiatry, analytic psychology and value philosophy forwards.


Anna Bergqvist (VBP Theory Network Convener; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University).

Guilherme Messas (Professor of Psychiatry, Santa Casa Medical School, Sau Paulo, Brazil).

Nancy Nyquist Potter (Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Louisville University).

John Sadler (Professor of Psychiatry and Daniel W. Foster Professor of Medical Ethics, UT Southwestern Medical Center).

31 May 2017: Advanced Studies Seminar themed ‘Language and the First-Person Perspective in Mental Health’. Meeting held at the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, St Catherine’s College University of Oxford.


The third annual meeting of the Values-Based Theory Network is one-day Advanced Seminar examining the theme of language and the first-person perspective from a number of disciplinary perspectives, with a particular focus upon the significance of these debates for people with people with mental health conditions.


Anna Bergqvist (Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University).

Eleanor Chatburn (Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford). 

David Crepaz-Keay (Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion, Mental Health Foundation).

Edward Harcourt (Philosophy, University of Oxford).

Veryan Richards (Lay participant and patient/carer representative, The Royal College of Psychiatrists/The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice).

Léa Salje (Philosophy, University of Leeds).

Elena Semino (Linguistics, Lancaster) and Zsofia Demjen (Linguistics, UCL). 

Tim Thornton (Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire).

This meeting also facilitated Policy Collaboration with Ms. Veryan Richards, resulting in the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) College Report on Core Values for Psychiatrists CR204, authored by RCPsych project partner Veryan Richards (London: RCPsych Publications, 2017). This document, supported by the VBP Theory Network and the principles of values-based practice and humanistic philosophy in psychiatry, also underpins the WPA Position Statement on the Role and Responsibilities of the Psychiatrist in the 21st Century.

27-28 July 2016: Two-day International ConferenceValue, Creativity and Human Flourishing in Illness’. Co-organised in collaboration with Dr Lucy Burke and the Critical Medical Humanities Network at Manchester Metropolitan University.



The Value, Creativity and Human Flourishing conference is an interdisciplinary international symposium held at Manchester Metropolitan University on 27th and 28th July 2016. The conference is an inaugural meeting hosted by the Aesthetics and Creativity, Disability and Critical Medical Humanities networks at Manchester Metropolitan University. The workshop explores what we mean when we talk about the value of the arts and creativity and some of the problems with which the requirement to measure ‘value’ presents us. The second day of the workshop develops our conversation about these questions with specific reference to creative work with people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The workshop combines provocative contributions from artists and academics from a range of disciplines, group activities and discussion. We invite participants to bring along or identify a cultural artefact or practice (from an artwork to a song or object) that they value.


Anna Bergqvist (VBP Theory Network Convener; Philosophy, MMU).

Lucy Burke (English and Critical Medical Humanities, MMU).

Ana Álvarez-Errecalde (Visual Artist, Barcelona).

Bill Fulford (Director of the Collaborating Center, University of Oxford).

Charles Neame (Values-Based Education and Pedagogy, MMU).

Matthew Kieran (Philosophy, Leeds).

Sheryl Tuttle Ross (Philosophy, University of Wisconsin La Crosse).

Julian West (Royal Academy of Music).

3-4 May 2016: Two-day International Conference Value, Context and Narrative Explanation in Medical Epistemology and Health Care Practice’. Conference held at the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, St Catherine’s College University of Oxford.

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The second annual meeting of the Values-Based Practice Theory Network is a two-day international interdisciplinary conference focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of values-based practice and explores the implications of illness narrative and contextualism for debates about objectivity and value in philosophy of medicine and medical epistemology more generally. It builds on our first conference on Values-Based Practice and Moral Particularism in October 2015, with special attention to philosophy of psychiatry, clinical practice and scientific methodology. By bringing together theorists and practitioners from the disciplines of Philosophy and Psychology our aim is to explore the ways in which normative critical perspectives challenge the implicit or assumed reductive theoretical paradigm of many current models and measures of ‘value’ in health care contexts in developing new integrative and holistic approaches. We hope that the event will open up a dialogue about the ways we might think and argue differently about the benefit of conceptual and evaluative thought in these contexts.


Anna Bergqvist (VBP Theory Network Convener; Philosophy, MMU).

Richard Gipps (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Oxford).

Mark Haydon-Laurelut (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Portsmouth/NHS).

Dieneke Hubbeling (Royal College of Psychiatrists, Philosophy Special Interest Group.

Ian J. Kidd (Philosophy, University of Nottingham).

Ulrik Kihlbom (Philosophy and Professional Ethics, Uppsala University).

Jens Erik Paulsen (Values-Based Practice, Norwegian Police College University).

Lubomira Radoilska (Philosophy, University of Kent).

Benedict Smith (Philosophy, Durham University).

Alan Thomas (Philosophy, Tilburg University)

Tim Thornton (Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire).

Caroline Vass (Health Economics, University of Manchester/Uppsala University).

Anna Zielinska (Philosophy, Sorbonne).

11 January 2016: International Workshop ‘Virtue Ethics and Health Economics’. Workshop held at Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with the VBP Theory Network.

Topic: Value in Measuring Health.


Nancy Snow (Philosophy, University of Oklahoma).

Katherine Payne (Health Economics, University of Manchester).

Catherine Vass (Health Economics, University of Nottingham).

12 October 2015: Inaugural Advanced Seminar and Launch of the Values-Based Theory Network.

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The first inaugural meeting of the VBP Theory Network was held at the Collaborating Centre at St Catherine’s College University of Oxford on 12 October 2015. It was organised in collaboration with the Network Lead Anna Bergqvist’s established Wellcome Trust funded Particularism in Bioethics, Professional Ethics and Medicine Network.

Topic: Values-Based Practice and Moral Particularism.


Anna Bergqvist (Convener of the VBP Theory Network; Philosophy, MMU).

Havi Carel (Philosophy, University of Bristol).

Tim Thornton (Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire).

Benedict Smith (Philosophy, Durham University).

Other Participants

Professor K. W. M. Fulford, Fellow of St Catherine’s College Oxford, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist of the University of Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health at the University of Warwick.

Dr Michael Lacewing, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College and Honorary Reader teaching on the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at UCL.

Dr Edward Harcourt, Lecturer in Philosophy (CUF) at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Keble College.

Dr Richard Gipps, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Faculty Member of the University of Oxford.

Dr Anne Raustol, Associate Professor of Nursing Ethics at Diakonhjemmet University College Oslo.

Professor Constantine Sandis, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire.

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