5th February 2020 INPP 2020 Experts By Experience

INPP 2020: 22nd Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry

Experts by Experience:

Challenges and Prospects for Mental Health Research Methodology

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

Organisers: Dr. Anna Bergqvist (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University; VBP Theory Network Lead, The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College University of Oxford) and Professor Joy Duxbury (Professor of Mental Health and Director of the Mental Health Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University).

Date and location: 5th February 2020, Manchester U.K.

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus (central Manchester).

Contact: Dr Anna Bergqvist: a.bergqvist@mmu.ac.uk

Aim of the meeting: to explore the role and methodological implications of expertise by experience and user-involvement in mental health research.

Source of funding: Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with the INPP.

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? Reflection on these under-theorized, non-standard cases can play a role in revealing features of subjectivity that are essential to a developed understanding of what is involved in agency, ownership and growth in mental health research. We hope that the conference will open up a dialogue about the ways we might think and argue differently about the implicit or assumed able-ism of current models and measures of ‘value’ and of particular concepts of empowerment, flourishing, health and wellbeing and the benefit of narrative in these contexts.

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. More specifically, patients bring experiential knowledge—the subjective, lived-body knowledge of what it is like to live with a particular illness or condition. How does it feel to be you acting in the world? And what happens when such a feeling is disrupted, ascribed to you by someone else or conferred upon something else? The conference will address these complicated, regularly ignored questions, along with the more abstract and fundamental question of how philosophical research provides knowledge in re-engineering processes for including the patient voice to inform scientific advancement in tackling societal challenges facing community psychology and the increasing demands for meaningful humanistic health and care in mental health awareness.

INPP 2020 Expertise by Experience Conference Schedule

Contact: Dr Anna Bergqvist a.bergqvist@mmu.ac.uk or Elaine Craig E.Craig@mmu.ac.uk

10:30-11:00 – Refreshments and registration outside Business School BS G.35.

11:00-12:45 – Session 1 (Business School Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 6 BS G.35): Welcome and Opening Plenary


Prof. K.W.M. (Bill) Fulford, University of Oxford: ‘Co-producing values: mental health first in shared decision-making as the basis of contemporary person-centred clinical care?’

Commentator: Prof. Jean Nadin: Hope and Recovery

12:00-13:00 – Session 2 (John Dalton East Building Room JD E143): Expertise, Experience and Validity


Prof. Peter Zachar, Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean College of the Sciences, Auburn University Montgomery, USA.

Commentator: Prof. Louis Charland, Professor of Philosophy, Western University Ontario, Canada & Member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy.

13:00-14:00 – Lunch  

14:00-15:30 – Session 3 in (John Dalton JD E143): “Co-production” and Epistemic Violence


Dr Colin King, MBE. Mental Health Survivor & Researcher, The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice.

Dr David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at The Mental Health Foundation.

Commentator: Dr Shafqat Nasir, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, MMU.

15:30-16:00 – Refreshments

16:00-17:30 – Session 4 in (John Dalton JD E143): Conceptualising First-Person Experience in “Lived Experience”


Dr Richard Gipps, Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Philosopher, University of Oxford

Dr Simon Clarke, Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Lecturer in Critical Mental Health, Open University.

Commentator: Dr Anna Bergqvist, Associate Professor of Philosophy MMU & Director of the VBP Theory Network, St Catherine’s College University of Oxford.

17:30-18:30 – Session 5 in (John Dalton Room JD E143): “Lived Experience” in Policy Making and Closing Panel (all)

Interview Speakers

Prof. Joy Duxbury, Professor of Mental Health (MMU).

Mrs Veryan Richards, Royal College of Psychiatrists Lay Representative.

Closing Panel (all): Prospects and Challenges in Moving Forwards


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