Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Annual Conference 2023

23 November 20239:30am - 4:30pmLondon
  • Mental health
From £0-£120
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Division of Clinical Psychology
DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health


The theme of this year's conference will be building diversity of practice - exploring ways to diversify psychology in complex mental health utilising our power to reach all members of the community.

Darren McGarvey, social commentator, poet and street artist. will be our keynote speaker for this year's conference on building diversity in practice.

We are also lucky to have Dawn Edge talking about culturally adapted family work, Celia Lesquerre discussing homelessness and working with the third sector, and Tim Wright talking about arts therapy in secondary care. There will be opportunities to connect with colleagues on these subjects and think about how you can get involved.

We also hope to build our work with experts by experience in this conference and would like to encourage all participants to invite lived experience colleagues to the event. There will be opportunities for those with lived experience to share experiences and feedback what support the faculty can give. There are free tickets to all with lived experience. Contact Jo Allen for details.

This will be a hybrid event with limited tickets for in-person in London BPS offices and on-line tickets available. We warmly invite you to join us in person if you can.


Registration is available online only. 

All rates listed are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Registration will close at 10:00GMT on Thursday 16 November 2023.

Live Attendance
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People with lived experience of mental ill-health, people able to offer practical support on the day, and anyone seriously considering joining the PCMH committee

Free of charge

Please contact [email protected] to access this rate.

BPS Concession Member £48
PCMH Member £60
BPS Member £80
Non-BPS Member £120
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Virtual Attendance
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People with lived experience of mental ill-health, people able to offer practical support on the day, and anyone seriously considering joining the PCMH committee

Free of charge

Please contact [email protected] to access this rate.

BPS Concession Member £24
PCMH Member £48
BPS Member £66
Non-BPS Member £84
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Please note the running order is subject to change 

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09:00 Registration 
09:30 Introduction to the day

Darren McGarvey keynote

Playing Politics with Lives

10:50 Break

Dawn Edge

Integrating culture in Family Intervention: Piths, Provocations & Practice


Tim Wright

Art Therapy and Psychosis

12:35 Lunch
12:55 EBE and AP working group over lunch

Celia Lesquerre 

Agitating the system and breaking down barriers between mental health and housing


Workshops with speakers – Acting on what we've heard

15:15 Break
15:40 Panel Discussion
16:20 Closing Comments
16:30 Conference Close
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Darren McGarvey
Darren McGarvey

Darren McGarvey (@lokiscottishrap), better known by the stage name Loki, is a writer, columnist and hip hop recording artist, who has made regular media appearances as a social commentator.

Darren grew up in Pollok on the south side of Glasgow, and has lived through extreme poverty, addiction and homelessness. Between 2004 and 2006 he wrote and presented eight programmes on social deprivation for BBC Radio Scotland. Since then he has been a regular contributor to the BBC, STV and other national media, and currently has a weekly column in The Scotsman. In 2009, he founded Volition Scotland, an organisation that was designed and run by the young people who used it. He was part of the Poverty Truth Commission that was hosted in Glasgow in the same year. McGarvey became the Violence Reduction Unit's first ever 'Rapper-in Residence' in 2015 and continues to work across Scotland in some of its most challenged communities.

In November 2017 his first book "Poverty Safari" was published, and was an instant bestseller and critical hit, making the Sunday Times top ten bestseller lists and receiving plaudits from national newspapers and magazines. He won the prestigious 'Orwell Book Prize' in June 2018 leading to an upsurge in media requests and appearances.

He has presented three series of shows for BBC Scotland, "Darren McGarvey's Scotland", "Darren McGarvey's Class Wars" and "Darren McGarvey's Addictions" and his latest book "The Social Distance Between Us" was published in 2022, serialised on BBC Radio 4 (listen here). This led to him giving a prestigious '"Reith Lecture" in November 22 on the "Freedom from Want''. In 2023 Darren is embarking on his first nationwide tour and it will see the paperback release of his latest book.

Professor Dawn Edge
Dawn Edge

Dawn is Professor of Mental Health and Inclusivity at the University of Manchester and Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion on 'race', religion, and belief. She is the University of Manchester's first Black woman professor. 

She is also a member of the Board of Governors at The Health Foundation and Director of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Research Unit (EDI-RU) within Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust. Dawn has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Mental Health Trusts and on the Board of Trustees of community organisations that work with marginalised communities. 

Currently, Dawn leads a national Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) – a bespoke 'talking treatment' co-created with people of Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean descent diagnosed with schizophrenia and related psychoses and their families.   Dawn is committed to creating opportunities for people from racialised and other marginalised groups to enter and thrive in research and academic environment.

 Tim Wright
Tim Wright

Tim Wright is an art therapist and Professional Lead for Arts Therapies, Local Services, West London NHS Trust. He served as editor in chief of International Journal of Art Therapy from 2008 to 2014 and Chair of the British Association of Art Therapists from 2014 to 2020. He chaired the BAAT task and finish group to produce Art Therapy for People with a Psychosis Related Diagnosis Guidelines (2020) He was co-chair of the Apprenticeship Standard Trailblazer group for arts therapists and he publishes and teaches on art therapy and related topics. Tim works clinically in Acute and Community mental health settings and is currently undertaking a Foundation year in Systemic Family Therapy. 

Dr Celia Lesquerre

Celia is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is currently working as the Associate Director for Psychological Professions in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT). She has also been the Trauma Informed Care Clinical Lead for Sussex Health and Care, the Integrated Care System in Sussex, since January 2022.

Celia has spent most of her career working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, in community settings, particularly specialising in working with those that have been impacted by trauma.

In October 2019, not long before the covid pandemic began, Celia joined YMCA DLG on a one year secondment from SPFT, as their Head of Clinical Development. She stayed for over three years! An important element of her time with the organisation was in helping to create a trauma informed culture, ensuring all those working in supported housing, received training in what it means to be trauma informed, developing awareness and skills, and ensuring all staff had access to reflective practice supervision. Celia also provided consultation, alongside a registered Social Worker, to staff who had concerns about the mental health of their residents. She helped colleagues to understand how best to access mental health support and what they could do (within the limits of their levels of competence) to best support these residents and wherever possible prevent placement breakdowns. Celia remains passionate about working in partnership with colleagues across the housing sector, VCSE sector, health and social care. 



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