University confirms ‘it’s good to talk’

Published: 14 December 2007 at 10:53

Conference explores national developments in mental health practice.

Anglia Ruskin University health and social care experts have chosen the theme of ‘Talking Therapies’ in mental health as the subject of their next conference which is open to all health and social care professionals, service users, carers and members of the public.

The 5th Annual Mental Health Conference entitled ‘New and Emerging Talking Therapies in Mental Health’ will be staged at Anglia Ruskin’s Michael Ashcroft Building on Rivermead Campus, Chelmsford on 15 January.

The conference will discuss the new and innovative therapies that have been championed by the Government and the pilot sites for the application of these therapies that were established during 2006. The aim of the conference is to promote awareness of Government strategy, analysis of innovative practice, and critical debate regarding service development.

Professor David Humber, Pro Vice Chancellor & Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, will introduce a range of speakers on the theme of talking therapies including keynote speaker Dr Mike Shooter, CBE, and former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Other speakers include Paul O’Halloran, representing Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP),

Mary Burd, Director of Therapies, East London and the City University Mental Health NHS Trust, and Dr Janet Feigenbaum, from University College London (UCL).

Subjects for discussion include how to improve access to talking therapies, how talking therapies can be used to aid recovery of an acute mental health crisis; and during the conference a carer, Georgina Wakefield, will discuss how talking therapies have helped her in a role.

Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at Anglia Ruskin, Steve Wood said:

“Improving access to talking therapies for service users has been identified as an essential component of modern mental health services. Pilot sites for the development of new and innovative therapies were established in 2006.  This Fifth Annual Mental Health Conference aims to evaluate progress to date and critically discuss recent service development.”

The Department of Mental Health & Learning Disabilities offers a range of continuing development courses that focus on therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused brief therapy, child and adolescent mental health and mental health practice.

These annual mental health conferences were established by Anglia Ruskin University with the aim of examining new national developments in mental health practice and raising the profile of mental health care within the region.

For further information, contact Joanne Roper on 0845 196 4602 or email or visit