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Conference: De-medicalising primary mental health care: Can we afford to, can we afford not to?

Nessa CHILDERS

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Thursday 30 May 2013

De-medicalising primary mental health care: Can we afford to, can we afford not to?

Revolutionising access to psychological care in Europe

Hosted by Nessa Childers MEP

In association with the Network for Psychotherapeutic Care in Europe (NPCE)

Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick 30 & 31 May 2013

Examining the political, social and scientific challenges to improved public access, through primary care, to psychotherapy across the EU – key speakers from Ireland, Europe and the US will present papers addressing different aspects of primary mental health care.  This conference is aimed at increasing our knowledge and understanding of the issues facing primary mental health care and of identifying ways and means of facing these challenges.

Being held on the occasion of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a main objective is to generate a proposal to the European Commission to pilot a project on improving access to psychotherapy across a number of European states. A further aim is to achieve collaboration across professional groupings in this endeavour.

Who should attend – This conference is for professionals across all disciplines – clinical psychologists, counselling phychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, general practitioners, primary mental health care workers – as well as researchers, policy makers and all stakeholders who have an interest in and are working in primary mental health care or would wish to do so.

Participants will gain a clear insight into the contribution of talk therapies to primary mental health care as well as an understanding of how non-medical primary mental health services can be delivered efficiently and effectively.

Selection of speech’s from the event

Nessa Childers’ two speech’s can be read here: 30 May and 31 May

Dr. Declan Aherne’s, Clinical Psychologist, Head of Counselling, U.L., Read Dr. Aherne’s speech here

Dr. Patricia Reilly, European Commission,  Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, 2010 to 2014.   Responsible for the health and consumer protection and bio-economy policy areas, as well as communication and Joint Research Centre coordination.   Read her speech here.