De-medicalising primary mental health care: Can we afford to, can we afford not to?
Revolutionising access to psychological care in Europe

Hosted by Nessa Childers MEP
In association with the Network for Psychotherapeutic Care in Europe (NPCE)
University of Limerick 30 & 31 May 2013

Examining the political, social and scientific challenges to improved public access, through primary care, to psychotherapy across the EU - key speakers from Ireland, Europe and the US will present papers addressing different aspects of primary mental health care. This conference is aimed at increasing our knowledge and understanding of the issues facing primary mental health care and of identifying ways and means of facing these challenges.
Being held on the occasion of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a main objective is to generate a proposal to the European Commission to pilot a project on improving access to psychotherapy across a number of European states. A further aim is to achieve collaboration across professional groupings in this endeavour.

Who should attend
This conference is for professionals across all disciplines – clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, general practitioners, primary mental health care workers etc. – as well as researchers, policy makers and all stakeholders who have an interest in and are working in primary mental health care or would wish to do so.
Participants will gain a clear insight into the contribution of talk therapies to primary mental health care as well as an understanding of how non-medical primary mental health services can be delivered efficiently and effectively.

You can view the entire conference programme here

Please view speakers' biographies here

Names of our expert panellists can be viewed here

The conference is being held over two days, and registration is essential. Delegates can register for either day, or register to attend both days. Registration is €25 per day. This includes lunch and refreshments during the conference.
Delegates may also wish to attend the Gala Dinner, cost €45, being held in the University on Thursday evening, 30th May, pre booking is also essential for this event.

To book your place please register here online registration form

For more information on the conference
Phone: Bronwen Maher 087-7841937 (toll free)
eMail: nessachildersmep@gmail.com