Day 2 :
St John of God Hospital, Australia
Keynote: The therapeutic uses of humor
Time : 10:00-10:40
Robin Andrew Haig, FRANZCP MRCPsych who is a Clinical Psychiatrist currently in private practice in Sydney, having held senior roles over many years in public and private clinics, teaching hospitals in London (KCH), Tasmania and Sydney, actively involved in Psychiatrist training and CPD.
I will be revisiting selected chapters from my text, "The Anatomy of Humor, Biopsychosocial and Therapeutic Perspectives”, which Charles Thomas published in 1988, focusing on the origins of humor (and laughter), the constructive and destructive uses of humor in psychotherapy, its relationship to mood, physiology and health. I will be reviewing progress in humor research and health over recent years. Since brevity is the soul of wit and tediousness the outward flourishes, I will be brief. We will be acknowledging the important contributions to society by comedians recently departed, Sir Ken Dodd and Robin Williams.
Practice Based Evidence Consultancy, UK
Time : 10:40-11:20
Steve Morgan attained a Diploma in Occupational Therapy at Oxford in 1986, and an MA in Practice Development at Middlessex University in 1998. He worked as a clinician in ward and community settings, and also as a trainer for the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. In October 2001 he established his own independent consultancy, Practice Based Evidence, and continues to provide practice development, service review and training services. He has also worked as a case manager since 2013 for people experiencing Acquired Brain Injury. He has over 60 publications, including textbooks, practice & training manuals, and journal articles.
Do we pay enough attention to the impact that the language we use has on the people we serve, and the ways in which we serve them? Our adherence to professional jargon more often serves to exclude and/or confuse other people. This is most notable in the language of risk, particularly where the negative connotations can often drive a blame culture and promote an unnecessary risk averse approach. Where is the person within such a picture? Assessing and manging risk is an essential skill; but, so to is calculated and reasoned risk-taking. My concept of ‘Positive Risk-Taking’, initiated in 1994, brings the language of risk, strengths and person-centred outcomes together in a clear and sharp focus. As a concept, it is underpinned by the principles and practice of good risk assessment and management, applicable to all facets of mental health, wider health, and social care considerations. The concept is focused on the outcomes, rather than solely being led by the risks. Taking risks for positive outcomes requires a clear definition and description; but, it is also underpinned by the fully recognized components of mental health good practice, focused and contextualized risk assessment is counter-balanced by a full strengths assessment; supervision and support is complemented by teamwork and team-focused training. Collective decision-making enables balanced and reasoned risk-taking decisions to be made with confidence, and the identification of individual responsibilities for action to be outlined within a thoughtful plan.
Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Time : 11:40-12:20
Khurram Sadiq, Consultant Psychiatrist in Manchester. He was given the award by International Association of Health Professionals as one of the Top Psychiatrist in UK and as one of Leading Physicians of the World.
Well we live in a dynamic world of Social Media. The world is divided into two Paradoxes, Real world and Online which is now declared a domain. We know the advantages of Social Media, how connected we are, how easy it is to communicate however what we disregard is the unknown dark realm of the Social Media with a dynamic interface which is very engaging and addictive in nature. With the expansion of Social Media and advent of Smart phones, our universe is in our hands and just a touch away. Screen time has increased considerably, real time has decreased substantiality, and there is a false perception of anonymity, closeness, proximity and security. This leads to a lot of deviant behaviour. Outdoor activities have been replaced with Gaming consoles, VR Gismos and ever engaging Social Media. Social isolation is on the rise, there has been an increase in the mental health disorders amongst children, adolescents and adults. Social Media is now deemed as an addiction. There is a significant withdrawal, craving and dependence on Social Media, working on Rewards, surges, highs and pleasure system. The conundrum is to counter this addiction which impacts the young, impacting not only the social values but institutions affecting skill sets and endangers the societal fabric. Amongst teenagers there has been an increase in mental Health disorders by 75% in the past two decades. There has been relapses of Bipolar illness and Psychotic disorder due to social Isolation instigated by Cyber world that includes gadgets, gaming, social media etc., Stalking has never been easy, instead of one there are multiple targets , paranoia and delusional word has become more Elaborated fed by the addictive enchanting and enthralling world of Social Media.