The Northern Ireland Branch of The British Psychological Society and The School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast are delighted to announce a free Public Lecture to mark World Mental Health Day.
Dr Adrian Boyd, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Northern Trust ‘Can we prevent Psychosis? Examining the field of ‘At Risk Mental States’ and psychosis prevention’
Dr Ciaran Mulholland, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Queen’s University Belfast and Consultant Psychiatrist, Northern Trust ‘Trauma and psychosis: the impact of "The Troubles" on mental health’
Adrian and Ciaran will be joined by some guest speakers.
Dr Adrian Boyd, Specialist Clinical Psychologist Northern Trust
Adrian is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist with the Northern HSCT specialising in the area of psychosis and severe mental illness. He qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Queens University Belfast and has held posts in the Belfast HSCT and Northern HSCT before accepting his current specialist post with Northern HSCT. This is a joint post incorporating interventions focused at both ends of the psychosis continuum. The first is in the field of psychosis prevention and early detection, utilising the concept of ‘at risk mental states’ (ARMS) to identify and intervene with young people seeking help with unusual experiences. The second is in the field of rehabilitation and recovery from psychosis, providing psychological interventions to aid individuals overcome and manage their difficulties in the most effective way and to maximise their recovery and quality of life. His research interests are in the aetiological factors of psychotic experience, complex trauma and its links with psychosis and recovery and in psychosis prevention.
There is a growing body of research developing in the domain of psychosis prevention. This research has resulted in the identification of criteria which may enable clinicians to detect individuals that are at a higher risk of developing psychosis at a later point in their life. The development of this criteria and consequent concept of identifiable ‘at risk mental states’ has raised the possibility that psychological interventions aimed at ameliorating known risk factors can be provided to those who are in greatest need. As a result this research suggests that it may be possible to prevent an episode of psychosis from occurring or delay it past the critical developmental period of adolescence.
This talk will examine the research in this area and examine the newly formed STEP service in the Northern HSCT as a model of service provision in Northern Ireland.
Dr Ciaran Mulholland, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Queen’s University Belfast & Consultant Psychiatrist , Northern Trust
Ciaran is a Senior Lecturer in psychiatry at Queens University Belfast and a consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Trust. He has both a clinical and a research interest in the early stages of psychotic illness and the role of psychological trauma in the causation of such illnesses.
There is evidence that mental illnesses in general and psychotic illnesses in particular are more common in Northern Ireland than in England, Scotland, Wales and the south of Ireland.
This evidence and possible reasons for the apparently higher rates will be explored in his talk. It will be suggested that the negative effects of "The Troubles" on mental health require further research and that close attention must be given to addressing the legacy of four decades of violence through health interventions