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Networking Event - Hertfordshire Hub: The Making of Mental Disorder –An insight into the construction of the DSM

22 February 2018 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and students and staff of the University of Hertfordshire only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in the 1960s, to around 370 today?

Why has the definition of mental disorder expanded to include evermore domains of human experience?

In this seminar Dr James Davies takes us behind the scenes of how the psychiatrist's bible, the DSM, was actually written.

Did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less-scientific and unexpected processes at play?

Networking (coffee/tea and biscuits will be served) from 5:45 to 6:30 pm in the foyer of the Lindop Building.

The session will consist of a talk from 6:30pm to 8pm, with a brief Q&A afterwards.

Please note: the London and Home Counties’ Branch of the British Psychological Society is pleased to bring you opportunities to hear speakers on different topics. The views expressed by the speakers are not necessarily the views of the Society or Branch.

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Room A166,
Ground floor in Lindop Building,
University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane Campus,
AL10 9AB

How to get there
By road:
The College Lane campus is near the junction of the A1(M) and A414. Visitors can park their cars in car parks C, D and E which are all in close proximity to the Lindop Building.

Campus Map (The Lindop Building is marked as Number 2 on the College Lane Campus):

Parking Map:

By public transport:

Travelling by train to Hatfield from London: First Capital Connect trains run from London Kings Cross (fast trains) and Moorgate (slower trains) to Hatfield Station.

Bus to the University: The College Lane Campus is just a short (10 minute) bus ride from Hatfield Station.

An alternative is to take/share a taxi, which will be around £5

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Dr James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a DPhil in social and medical anthropology. He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton and a qualified psychotherapist.

He has delivered lectures at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Oslo, Brown, UCL and Columbia. James has also written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian and Salon.

He is author of three books including the bestseller Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good (Icon Books), and is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.

Registration information 

Clicking on the register button will take you to the BPS online Shop - please sign in using your usual BPS membership number and password.

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If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'LHC-HertsMentalDisorder-Feb18' at:

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.


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