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Belfast Programme

Wednesday 2 June, 2010

Europa Hotel, Belfast

This programme will be updated with more information as it is confirmed

13:30 - 14:00 Registration and refreshments

14:00 - 14:10 Chairs welcome

14:10 - 14:45 Exploring the needs of a changing profession

This session will look at developments that may influence the profession, how BACP is responding to these and how this could affect the delivery of talking therapies. It will also include any breaking news and the opportunity to meet key members of BACP staff.

14:45 - 15:00 Two minute platforms

Members are invited to address the audience for two minutes on any relevant topics. These may be presentations that relate to local projects, research projects or it may be to discuss particular challenges that a member/organisation is experiencing and wants to explore with the assistance of their peers.

There will also be the opportunity to have an area in the marketplace to display information and meet with other delegates.

Please click here to see further details of the two minute platforms that will be presented.

15:00 - 15:30 Refreshments

15:30 - 16:30 National issues at local level - Chaired by Lynne Gabriel

Are there any professional issues that are currently causing you anxiety or developments that you need clarification on? Questions might relate directly to your work, local challenges or national policies. Whether these questions are discussed with your peers or posed directly to BACP, this is an opportunity to voice them.

Please click here to see a selection of questions and discussion themes that have been put forward by members in the Belfast area.

16:30 - 17:00 Can ethics be sexy? - Heather Dale

Boy George once said he would rather have a cup of tea than sex. I suspect many people may feel the same about ethics. Today I am hoping that we will all sharpen our thinking around difficult ethical thinking and be excited by the possibilities aroused by the process.

17:00 - 18:00 Light buffet and networking

18:00 - 18:30 Ethical thinking: Discussion and feedback

Discussion groups will focus on an ethical dilemma

18:30 - 19:00 Suicide mitigation - how making the right connection can save lives - Dr Alys Cole-King

Every contact a suicidal individual has with someone represents an opportunity to intervene and prevent a suicide. If suicide prevention is seen as the preserve of specialist mental health services, opportunities for intervention will be missed. There is a need for concise, clinically based training on suicide and self harm to enable busy NHS and Social Care professionals to receive relevant training in these areas. Connecting with People is targeted at busy frontline professionals and it aims to increase understanding and empathy, reduce the stigma associated with self harm and enable participants to talk to someone who has suicidal thoughts or following self harm. It equips participants with simple distress reducing techniques and safe ways of responding to a suicidal individual. In particular, it aims to demystify the process of suicide risk assessment and response to suicide risk. This training proposes a shift in the way suicide risk is assessed and responded to. Risk assessment should be seen as a therapeutic intervention with the potential to save lives.

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