Webinar Programme 2022 – 2023

 

International Learning, Development and Training School

Transforming Mental Health Services and Practices

The Webinar Programme 2022 - 2023

The International School is being developed with IMHCN Partners from across the world.

Its purpose is to assist service providers and individual to learn from innovative models of care and effective practices based on the whole life needs of service users.

A major part of this School will be to provide webinars on important and contemporary subjects and themes in transforming mental health services.

A series of Learning,Training and Development Webinars provided by IMHCN for 2022 - 2023.

 

These Webinars are designed to assist the Transforming Mental Health programs in service provider organisations and increase people’s knowledge of innovative services and practices.

The webinars will have interrelated and complimentary themes based on real experiences that can guide the developments in other places.  

The webinars can provide support and knowledge for “training the trainer” to enhance and disseminate what is learnt to a wider group of stakeholders.

They are intended to be an introduction to each Theme and can be followed by a more detailed and participative Learning Set Forums that we will be establishing.

There will be a sliding scale of costs to allow the opportunity for all participants to be involved.

We will use Zoom platforms that have multiple functions to enable full participation. 


 

 First Term May-July 2022: Transforming Mental Health Services

 


1. Whole Person, Whole Life-Whole System Approach

14.00 - 16.00 (UK time), Thursday 5th May 2022 

Description:

Over many years in developing community mental health services to replace the institutional system in the UK and a few other countries, the IMHCN recognised that we needed a more fundamental approach to ensure better mental health outcomes for service users and family members.

The social determinants were not adequately addressed so people’s whole life needs were not met. Therefore, in 2000 in NIMH(E) and IMHCN introduced the Whole Life-Whole System Approach. It is a strategic planning and implementation instrument to integrate and develop together the;

  • Social determinants of Health and Mental Health
  • Anthropological, Meaning and Culture
  • Philosophical: Challenging beliefs; Reflection and Dialogue
  • Whole Life, Recovery/Discovery Paradigm, Changing Thinking
  • Whole Systems: comprehensive community mental health services and development
  • Biological, clinical approach
  • Psychological therapies and psycho-educational tools
  • Education and Knowledge
  • Sharing and Learning from International best practice

This webinar will describe this approach and the results of its implementation in different places and organisations.

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: John Jenkins, Paul Baker (IMHCN)


2. Learning from the Trieste Mental Health Experience : Developing the essential ingredients in creating a viable and resilient community mental health system

14.00 - 16.00 (UK time), Thursday 19th May 2022

Description

This webinar is focused on the principles, practice that underpinned the structure of a progressive mental health system and service developed over the last 40 years. 

Essential elements & components of the experience include:

  • human rights, recovery and social inclusion, citizenship, holistic care 
  • Developing a methodology for a whole system / network of community services and social capital
  • Developing a 24 hour CMHC and crisis approach

Specific programs:

  • Establishing social cooperatives / enterprises 
  • Personal budgets and supported accommodation 
  • Gender approaches and programs
  • Youth Services
  • Micro areas: social capital and community development

Example of successful implementation

Trieste Department of Mental Health, IMHCN and local Cooperatives and Family Associations 

Who should attend?

Organisations and people interested including learning about the details of the Trieste Mental Health Services and those that are implementing what has been learnt.

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: Roberto Mezzina, Pina Ridente, Renzo Bonn, Peppe Del Acqua (Trieste, Italy)

 


 

3. Change the Thinking, Practice and Systems: The Use of Action Learning Sets

14.00 - 16.00 (UK time), Thursday 9th June 2022

Description

This webinar is aimed at challenging powerful hierarchies that perpetuate outdated thinking. We will describe a successful participatory approach through Action Learning sets that have been used in several places. This has been useful in transforming mental health, gaining widespread ownership in changing the practices and systems. Culture change through active and meaningful participation including leaders is a key success factor. This has been implemented in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Hywel Dda University Health Board, Wales; Tees, Esk and Weir NHS Trust, England and in Belgrade, Serbia; Trieste, Italy; Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.

Who should attend?

It is recommended to organisations who wants to develop a critical mass for change, non just operating top-down but also bottom-up. It should complement or anticipate other modules

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: 

John Jenkins and Paul Baker (IMHCN)

 


 

4.  Integrating Mental Health into Primary Health Services

14.00 -16.00 (UK time), Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Description

The benefits of integrating mental health into primary healthcare are significant. On the one hand, integration ensures that the population as a whole has access to the mental healthcare that they need early in the course of problems and without disruption. On the other hand, when people receive treatment in primary healthcare facilities the likelihood of better health outcomes, and even full recovery, as well as maintained social integration is increased.

Examples of successful implementation

Livewell Southwest, Plymouth

Ministry of Health, Palestine

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators

Sara Mitchell, Plymouth, UK, 

Rajiah Abu Sway, WHO, Palestine


 

5. Recovery/Discovery Houses and Communities San Giacomo, Trieste, Italy: 

14.00 - 16.00 Wednesday, 6th July 2022

Description

This webinar will consider the ways in which the needs of people with severe and enduring needs can be supported through the creation of recovery/discovery spaces and through their community of peers, family and workers.

We will discuss the establishment of the recovery house and community in Trieste. The Recovery Community supported the work of the Recovery House by creating a democratic and reflective space based on the principles of ‘nothing about us without us’. The focus was  on creating a space of self-determination, shared responsibility and ownership including family members.

Example of successful implementation

Trieste Department of Mental Health (Italy) with IMHCN and local Cooperatives and Family Associations 

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations.

Organisations considering the need to change their rehabilitation and residential care services toward more dynamic and therapeutic approach to improve the lives of people using their whole community. 

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: Paul Baker (IMHCN), Thais Thome, Fabio Musco, Michele Sipala, Nicola Zulian, (Trieste, Italy)


 

2. Second Term September  - December 2022: Transforming Mental Health Services

 


 

2.1 The Challenge and Opportunity for Society, Communities and Psychiatric Hospitals to improve Community Mental Health Services

Description:

This webinar will outline the importance of changing the culture inside the hospital and how to overcome the barriers to change through different thinking, practices and services. 

This will include how to:

  • Improve the fabric, environment, habitat, programs, therapies, rehabilitation programs, community partnerships and integration with other Mental Health services.
  • The training and re-orientation of staff is essential, based on a recovery and discovery approach.
  • The importance of the systemic protection of human rights for service users
  • Preparing the management and staff to work on developing community supports and services for social re-integration of users in the hospital.

Example of successful implementation

Key points for a successful deinstitutionalisation strategy and real experiences from across the world will include the UK and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Who should attend?

This module is for organisations that understand the need to change the mental health system. It also includes organisations that have developed community mental health systems, moving away from a reliance on the psychiatric institutions and hospitals that have perpetuated institutional thinking and practice. Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: 

Roberto Mezzina, John Jenkins (IMHCN), Rosanna Sade, Clarissa Webster (Brazil)


 

2.2 Acute and Crisis Services: Alternatives to hospital

Description

This webinar will discuss the importance of establishing community based acute and crisis services as alternatives to In-patient Units. It will focus on the need to provide a more recovery based approach to people under going repeated readmissions to hospital. It is fundamental that an acute and crisis whole system is developed, comprising of essential service components that can create a new opportunity for service users to recover their lives. It will also explore the meaning of a “crisis” particular to peoples real whole life experiences and needs.

Example of successful implementation

Shared Lives and Crisis Support House, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board 

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators:  Benna Waites, Kathryn Walters (Wales), John Jenkins (IMHCN)


 

2.3 Consequences and Opportunities for Peoples’ Mental Health arising from the Covid Pandemic

Big issues identified by Covid-199: Requiring Fundamental Change in Mental Health, A Local and Global Action Plan

The Coronavirus Pandemic is a time of difficulty but also an opportunity for human ingenuity, endeavour and learning. This Webinar will describe IMHCN’s Action Plan developed with international and national partners. The Action Plan recognises the important key issues that effects people as a result of the pandemic. These lessons we have known about before, but the pandemic has shone a spotlight of the importance on service users, families and communities. 

A Coalition of Partners

  • International Mental Health Collaborating Network
  • World Federation for Mental Health
  • World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health Europe
  • European Community based Mental Health Service Providers Network (EUCOMS) Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN)
  • Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI)
  • Italian Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology (SIEP)
  • Transforming Australia’s Mental Health Service System, Incorporated

Who should attend?

International and National Organisations, Mental Health Service Providers, Service users, Family members, Local Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: John Jenkins and Roberto Mezzina (IMHCN), Ingrid Daniels (WFMH Past President)

 


 

2.4 Knowing the Person and Working Alongside the Person

Description

There is a need to build trusting relationships between services users, families and practitioners. This is important because knowing the person as a person, not just as someone with a mental illness is critical to improve the outcomes for service users.

This webinar will hear from the experience of providing a different approach from Lyngby Services in Denmark.

Understanding the importance of the whole life story of the person is the foundation of being able to provide a holistic approach.

This can be achieved through relationships, co-produced between service users and staff, also involving the private and social network and community. 

This webinar will provide an example of changing the power structure in the professional-service user relationship. Letting the service user choose who to work with, is an example of this. 

Working with low threshold and user/network involvement from the first contact of the person with the services is an important part of this way of working. 

Example of successful implementation

Lyngby Municipality, Denmark

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Facilitators: Bodil Oster (Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Paul Baker (IMHCN)


 

3. Third Term: January - April 2023 Transforming Mental Health Practices

 


 

3.1 The Hearing Voices Approach 

Description

The Hearing Voices Approach supports people who are overwhelmed by their voices to change their understanding of and relationship with their voices. It has proven particularly effective in assisting people to live better with their voices. We will focus on finding more successful ways to support clients who hear voices (or with other extreme experiences) and who are not responding well to current care and treatment plans. Research shows that this way of working reduces anxiety and isolation, reduces hospital admissions & remissions and most significantly enables voice hearers to move on with their lives.

Example of successful implementation

Voice Collective, Camden Mind, London

Intervoice Brazil 

Who should attend?

This module is aimed at people and organisations that wish to understand the approach and to set up an individual and group dynamic. It is a vehicle for self-care but also for a more direct approach to challenge mental health care and services.

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators to be agreed

 


 

3.2  Innovative and intentional Peer Support

Description

How do we bring individuals and groups with expertise of experience together to support each other, amplify and strengthen user-led activity, and build shared capacity? Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS relationships are viewed as partnerships that invite and inspire both parties to learn and grow, rather than as one person needing to ‘help’ another.

Example of successful implementation

Recovery College, Lister Foundation, Netherlands

Manchester Mind, UK

Who should attend?

This module is aimed at people and organisations that wish to understand the approach and to set up an individual and group dynamic. It is a vehicle for self-care but also for a more direct approach to challenge mental health care and services.

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: To be agreed


 

3.3 Working with Families

Description

How do we work with families and social networks, as much as possible in their own homes? Open Dialogue teams for instance work to help those involved in a crisis situation to be together and to engage in dialogue. It has been their experience that if the family/team can bear the extreme emotion in a crisis situation, and tolerate the uncertainty, in time shared meaning usually emerges and healing/recovery is possible.

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators:To be agreed


 

3.4 Reframing the Staff Structure, thinking and practice of Community Mental Health and Hospital Teams

Description

There is a staffing shortage and staffing role crisis which impacts on mental health teams in the community and in hospitals. In addition there is a fundamental need for teams to address the importance of meeting the whole life needs of people. This is necessary to address the importance of the social determinants of mental health. 

This requires a move away from the predominance of a clinical staffing structure. The purpose of a reformed team is to deliver a whole person, whole life, whole system and this requires people with different skills and knowledge to deliver. 

This can be achieved by building trusting co-production relationships with community NGO’s, providing opportunities for housing, work, social connectedness, education, arts and culture, sport and leisure.

Example of successful implementation

Lyngby Municipality, Denmark

Who should attend?

Managers, professionals, service users, family members, Community Organisations

Duration 2 hours online Webinar via Zoom

Facilitators: John Jenkins (UK)


 

4. Other possibilities could include the following:

We welcome other suggestions

Developing a comprehensive Whole System for Older People

Description: To be added

Children and Young People: Best practice services and practices 

Description: To be added

Provisional: Alan Rosen (Australia), Daniela Vidoni (Italy), Hertfordshire MH Trust

The challenge of reform within different Countries economic and financing systems:

Description: To be added

Provisional: Jan Pfeiffer, Jan Berndsen (The Netherlands), Giorgio Simon (Italy)

Medication: The proper, safe and effective use

Description: To be added 

Provisional: Roberto Mezzina, Barbara D’Avanzo, Angelo Barbato? (Italy), Tim Kendall? (UK)

Human Rights Underpinning Transformation

Description: To be added 

Provisional: Nathalie Drew Bold (WHO), Benedetto Saraceno (Italy), Alan Rosen (Australia) 

The Importance of Work and Integration into the mental health system

Description: To be added 

Provisional: Roberto Mezzina, Stefania Grimaldi (Italy), Angelo Fioritti (Italy), Peter Huxley? (UK), Guido Valentini (Clubhouse Europe)

Reducing Coercion and Bad Practices

Description: To be added 

Provisional: SP Sashidharan, Roberto Mezzina, Gabriele Rocca (Italy), Abdul Abu Bakar ? Thomas Emmenegger ? (Switzerland)

Discovery Partners and Discovery Communities

Description: To be added 

Provisional: Vandana Gopikumar (India)

Recovery: from research outcomes to service practice (in collaboration with WAPR)

Description: To be added

Provisional: Alain Topor (Sweden), Marit Borg (Norway), Barbara D’Avanzo (Italy), Larry Davidson ? (USA)

Recovery oriented services: personal planning and budgets 

Description: To be added

Provisional: Pina Ridente (Italy), Nathalie Drew Bold (WHO), Fabrizio Starace (Italy), Larry Davidson ? (USA)

Community development and engagement 

Description: To be added

Provisional: Fabrizio Starace, Steve Wright (UK), John Jenkins (UK), Roberto Mezzina (Italy), Vandana Gopikumar (India) 

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