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Cafe Sci: Changing how we think about Schizophrenia


Dr Bert Park: Clinical Director in Adult Mental Health, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Jo Jones: Consultant Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

How to develop optimal care and treatment for those with severe mental illness is a source of debate within Mental Health, raising questions about the main focus for treatment.

We will outline the current debates and explore how a novel approach from Scandinavia,  Open Dialogue, incorporates ideas from family therapy and the acceptance of polyphony, the presence of multiple voices.


Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details here

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  • Joanne

    Fantastic venue but what a shocking turnout!
    The speakers could have done more to explain Open Dialogue, after first outlining Schizophrenia. They seemed to skirt around both. Otherwise pretty good as I came away with lots of notes of things to research further.

    1 · October 14, 2014

  • Julie G.

    An opportunity to promote Trust's interest in Open Dialogue and Peer Support - two valuable emancipatory concepts which in practice need careful navigation to avoid being commodified. Less emphasis on some of the pressing debates around Schizophrenia, such as lack of any test to evidence it, or the stigma and fear whipped up by its very mention, in the interests of selling tabloids.

    October 14, 2014

  • Karl R.

    I enjoyed it. Nice venue. I would have liked it more focussed on Schizophrenia - it seemed more general, but the Q&A in particular was interesting.
    Shame that the weather kept so many people away.

    1 · October 14, 2014

  • Annie

    Sorry but had to change my attendance as realised that I will be away. Hope you all have a great evening x

    1 · October 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. On the Mental Health Awareness Week, and in the printed MHAW leaflet I'm currently holding, this event is listed as Oct 6th.

    1 · September 26, 2014

    • Ursula H.

      Sorry, don't know what happened there! We had to move this event as so many people had signed up to attend. This happened after the 'orange leaflet' had gone to print. Definitely happening in 13th Oct at Antenna.

      September 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool. Ta. See ya then :)

      September 27, 2014

  • Viviane S.

    I don't know who to contact regarding a problem I've been having since yesterday. I'm being sent invitations to the next meeting every 5 minutes. Maybe something has gone wrong with the system. My inbox is full of the same Meet Up email. Could someone look into that, please? Thanks.

    August 31, 2014

    • Ursula H.

      Sorry about that Viviane. I will try and sort it. Keep in touch. Ursula

      September 1, 2014

    • Ursula H.

      Hello VivianeIf you go to My Profile at the top of your MeetUp page you will see 'e-mail and notifications' and you should be able to edit what you get into your inbox. Hope this works. Ursula

      September 2, 2014

  • Ali M.

    Should be interesting

    August 10, 2014

  • Kathryn M.

    Hugh - regarding your message about automatic deletion after six months, I think it is also if a member's emails from Meetup are automatically returned from an invalid address during the six months as well as the account has been inactive. So the email address they used for Meetup has ceased to be valid.
    That's what it tells me as co organiser of the Spanish group when I get an email telling me someone has been removed.
    So I don't think six months' inactivity due to not participating is a problem.

    July 22, 2014

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