Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Back to the Future: Medical Humanities’ contribution to the education and training of mental health professionals

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


This one-day conference seeks to explore how the humanities can offer productive contributions to the education and training of mental health professionals. Speakers will illustrate examples of how disciplines such as history, literature, theatre, art and cinema can enrich mental health professionals’ understanding and/ or approach to mental illness. In the afternoon, a panel discussion, including both humanities scholars and educators of mental health professionals, will provide a forum to examine the conference theme from different perspectives. Questions from the audience will also be part of the discussion.


9.15Arrival and Registration
9.45Opening remarks
10.00–11.00Introduction and keynote address:
Professor Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham) –Humanities in Medical Education: Literature and Medicine


Coffee break

11.15–12.30Session 1
Chair: Dr Marius Turda
  Dr Maria G Turri (Oxford Brookes Univesity/University of Oxford) and Dr Jim Harris (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) – Clinicians exploring psychiatry through images and objects
  Professor John Hall (Oxford Brookes University) and Ms Teresita Valverde (Tobias School of Art and Therapy, East Grinstead) – The contribution of creative therapies to mental health practice and training
  Dr Daniela Treveri-Gennari (Oxford Brookes University) – Cinema and mental health: the impact of film-viewing on memory



13.30–14.45Session 2
Chair: Dr Maria Turri
  Professor Waltraud Ernst (Oxford Brookes University) – The History of Drinking Cultures in Britain and South Asia: Implications for Psychiatry
  Ms Jane Freebody (Oxford Brookes University) – The History of Patient Work: Therapy or Cheap Labour? Implications for occupational therapy and psychiatry
  Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary, University of London) – Performing mental health


Coffee break

15.00–16.30Panel discussion and questions
Chair: Dr Marius Turda
  Panel members:
  • Jill Childs (Programme Lead for Social Work Education, Oxford Brookes University)
  • Sally Feaver (Programme Lead for Occupational Therapy Education, Oxford Brookes University)
  • David Murphy (Joint Director of The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training)
  • Gerti Stegen (Director of Medical Education for Oxford School of Psychiatry)
  • Nigel Wellman (Course Lead for Mental Health Nursing Masters Programme, Oxford Brookes University)
  • Femi Oyebode
  • Waltraud Ernst
  • Bridget Escolme
  • John Hall
  • Maria G. Turri

Closing remarks