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Refocus on Recovery 2023 international conference

Conference themes


Refocus On Recovery 2023 will have three themes:

Theme 1: Cross-cultural learning

What different perspectives, scientific research, explanatory models and working practices are emerging internationally? Where are the best examples of cultural adaptation? What are community-based approaches, and is the meaning of ‘community’ changing?

Example topics include: rights-based policy and practice in different countries; integration of Western and traditional / indigenous models of emotional distress; using lived experience in high-stigma settings, learning from Mad Studies and survivor research, non-biomedical meaning frameworks (e.g. Power-Threat-Meaning, spiritual emergence, post-traumatic growth).

Theme 2: Digital approaches

What are the opportunities and challenges of new online and digital interventions? Who benefits and who is excluded? What technological innovations are occurring within and beyond the mental health system?

Example topics include: the impact of technology on therapeutic relations (e.g. telepsychiatry, video consultations); digital health interventions to support recovery; online peer support; person-centred care approaches using artificial intelligence (e.g. machine learning, natural language processing, recommender systems); big data and mental health recovery; therapy chatbots; digital approaches to coproduction and community engagement.

Theme 3: Re-imagining services

What do rights-oriented, recovery-focussed, person-centred mental health and social care systems look like? What aspects of traditional mental health services need to be retained, be changed or be stopped? How do services need to evolve to deal with global challenges and uncertainties? What is the impact of the WHO guidance on community mental health services?

Example topics include: shared decision-making; community development; social movements; QualityRights; lived experience leadership; new service models such as patient-controlled admissions, peer-run crisis homes, Recovery Colleges in new service settings (e.g. forensic, young people).