What is Beyond the Therapy Room?
Last June, the Beyond the Therapy Room conference ran for the first time in London.  This conference featured psychologists, academics and writers speaking about ways in which mental health and wellbeing can be supported by taking a social and community approach to distress, instead of seeing mental health as being individual problems addressed by individual solutions.  The conference runs again as part of the Clinical Psychology Fringe on Saturday January 21st 2017 in Liverpool.  The conference will build on the themes from last year, considering ways in which health professionals and services can improve physical and emotional wellbeing and help to build a more psychologically caring society, in broader ways than traditional one-to-one psychological therapy.

The day is aimed at people with or without formal training in psychology or healthcare, including qualified or aspiring clinical psychologists, other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and people who have become experts through their own experiences of distress or mental health problems.

Who’s behind it?
Recognising the cultural, political and social processes involved in suffering, distress and mental health, the conference will bring together people who work in and/or use mental health services to highlight innovative ways of working and share best practice.

As with the Clinical Psychology Fringe, a group of psychologists, mental health professionals, service users and other collectively-minded contributors have been working together to put on a thought-provoking and diverse range of speakers to help us think about how to develop a more community active and socially responsible psychology practice. 

Where is it happening?
The conference will be held at The Gateway Centre, 71 London Road in Liverpool (L3 8HY).   It will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at the end of a week of arts and performance events comprising the Clinical Psychology fringe, and the day after the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology annual conference. The event is non-profit and run at cost price to keep ticket prices accessible

Who can I speak to if I want to find out more?