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What makes people with a learning disability happy and satisfied with their lives: An inclusive research project
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You Are Here: 8th European Congress of Mental Health in Intellectual [...]

Conference Programme Available and Late Poster Deadline is Friday 3rd June

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Joint Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities and the IASSID SIRG for Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, UK.

Our two organisations have decided to come together to create a place for the exchange of research, practice and perspectives, and to share and explore new findings and new ideas. The Congress is being hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Learning Disabilities who will be holding their annual continuing professional development event concurrently with the Congress.

The congress will include coverage of all topics within the theme of Mental Health and Challenging Behaviour. There will be symposia, individual papers, posters, workshops and round table discussions. In addition to this we have successfully secured a number of high profile keynote lectures including:

  • Acceptance and mindfulness in the field of intellectual disability, Professor Richard Hastings, University of Bangor, Wales
  • Quality of life, Dr Marco Bertelli, Florence, Italy, MD, Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy.
  • Factors influencing referral pathways into and through forensic ID services, Professor Bill Lindsay, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Castlebeck, Scotland.
  • Thirty years of Disability Psychotherapy, a Paradigm Shift?, Dr Pat Frankish, Pat Frankish Associates, Pat Frankish Psychology & Psychotherapy Consultancy Services Ltd, England.
  • Stress, Attachment and Mental Health, Professor/Dr Carlo Schuengel, Dept head Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • The broken mirror: The child with a learning disability, his family and the psychoanalyst, Professor Simone Korff-Sausse, University Paris VII Denis Diderot, France.
  • Randomised Controlled Trials in Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours - Current Practice and Future Challenges Dr Angela Hassiotis, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London
  • Better Lives and Better Mental Health for Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities, Professor Sheila Baroness Hollins

We will also be holding the "Great Psychological Therapy Debate" with Professor Richard Hastings, Professor Bill Lindsay and Professor Nigel Beail.

Professor Nigel Beail
President of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability

Dr. Angela Hassiotis and Prof David Allen
Co-Chairs of the IASSID SIRG for Mental Health and Challenging Behaviour

For further details reagrding the MHID please visit the

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