Previous events

Autumn 2018

Globalisation and Mental Health

Friday 28 September 2018 - York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX  

Speakers included:

Professor Dinesh Bhugra | Globalisation, Mental Health and Illness

Dr Nishant Goyal | Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Fallacies of Globalisation

Dr Piyal Sen | Refugee Mental Health

Mr Mohammed Noor & Mrs Safia Mohamed | Interpreters/Translators Role in Clinical Practice 

Dr Mona-Lisa Kwentoh & Dr Clare Morgans | The Impact of Culture on the Jobbing Psychiatrist - "Beyond Cultural Competency; Drivers and Challenges"

Professor Peter Tyrer | What are the Implications for ICD-11 for Clinical Practice?

Dr Stefan Ecks | The Global Depression Epidemic: Changing the way you prescribe by changing the way you think


Event Programme (pdf)



Spring 2018

Sex and Psychiatry

Friday 23 March 2018 - York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

This conference took us on a journey through the biological, psychological and social aspects of sex, sexuality, sexual behaviour and gender all psychiatrists may encounter, regardless of subspecialty and clinical setting. Experts in the field covered topics including: the impact of mental disorder on sexual health; a bio psychological framework for understanding sexual addiction; and management options for those at risk of causing sexual harm. We also explored the relationship between mental health and gender-based sexual exploitation.

The conference also held the annual Trainee, Foundation Doctor and Medical Student poster and oral competitions. Winners can be found on the competitions webpage for the Division.

Speakers included:

Professor Liz Hughes | Sexual Health and Serious Mental Illness

Professor Kathryn Abel | Epidemiology of Women’s Mental Health and Relationships with Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Dr Thaddeus Birchard | Understanding & Treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

Professor Don Grubin | Clinical Assessment & Management of Sexual Offending

Professor Marios Adamou | Gender Dysphoria and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Dr Paul Blenkiron | Let’s Talk about Sex: Inside the Minds of Men and Women

Event Programme (pdf)


Autumn 2017

Stress and Trauma

Friday 29 September - York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

This conference considered the important area of stress and trauma across diagnostic categories and age groups.

Topics included the commonly experienced but challenging concept of adjustment disorder, the importance of understanding the role of trauma in early development and in psychosis, how to understand the presentations of complex trauma, and how talking therapies can be combined to address the effect of trauma.

Speakers included:

Professor Patricia Casey | Adjustment Disorder

Matthew Cole | Faith in the storm: utilising a combination of CBT and EMDR in PTSD

Dr Filippo Varese | Trauma and Psychosis

Dr Melanie Temple | Separating Trauma and Dissociation from Psychosis

Dr Lisa Rippon | Trauma in Children

Event programme (pdf)


Spring 2017

The Mind, Brain and Body

Friday 17 March 2017 - York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Human behaviour has a complex, dependent relationship with the mind and brain with each being able to influence the other.

In this conference we explored these complexities by hearing from leading experts on particular clinical presentations which illustrate the relationship (CFS/ME and Medically unexplained Symptom presentations) as well as by discovering how changes in neurobiology can influence addictive behaviours. 

We also learned about how the latest imaging techniques have shed light on the molecular processes underlying psychiatric presentations and how efforts are being made to ensure the latest College curriculum includes neuroscientific advances.

Speakers included:

Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes | The Neurobiology of Addiction

Dr Wendy Burn & Dr Gareth Cuttle | Neuroscience and the New RCPsych Curriculum

Professor Else Guthrie | Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Dr Arshad Zaman | The Use of fMRI in Psychiatry

Professor Peter White | Latest Opinions on Chronic Fatigues Syndrome and the Role of Psychiatry in its Management

Event Programme (pdf)

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