The first ever conference dedicated to trauma and psychosis is being held in Glasgow on Wednesday and Thursday this week. (8th and 9th).
The conference is organised by the Glasgow Institute for Psychosocial Interventions (GIPSI). GIPSI is part of NHS Greater Glasgow's Primary Care Division but comprises staff from both the NHS and the University of Glasgow.
GIPSI is leading the way into psychological therapies for schizophrenia, provides psychosocial training to staff in the NHS and provides a highly expert source of clinical expertise.
The conference is an opportunity for experts from across the world to bring trauma and psychosis into the limelight. Guest speakers include Dr John Reed from New Zealand, Dr Kim Mueser from the United States and Drs Tony Morrison, Douglas Turkington and Craig Steel from the United Kingdom. All have internationally recognised expertise in research and therapy for people with psychosis who have also experienced trauma.
Dr Linda Watt, Associate Medical Director for NHS Greater Glasgow's Primary Care Division said: "The GIPSI initiative started a number of years ago and combines cutting edge clinical trials, research, staff training and clinical interventions. GIPSI has been a phenomenal success and has a high profile in NHS Greater Glasgow"
"The needs of people with psychosis have been a priority in Glasgow and in Scotland generally. Some years ago the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, now NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NQIS), established important clinical standards for those individuals who are diagnosed with schizophrenia, and their carers.
"An important part of these standards is the systematic identification of the psychological needs of individuals with schizophrenia and their carers. NHS Greater Glasgow is leading the development of Integrated Care Pathways for people with Schizophrenia, which will ensure that psychological needs, especially those related to trauma are identified and addressed.
"To complement this programme of innovative, systematic and evidence based practice we need cutting edge clinical trials based research. "
Dr Andrew Gumley is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, at the Section of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow. He leads the clinical trials research programme into cognitive behavioural therapies aimed at facilitating recovery and preventing relapse after acute psychosis and is delighted Glasgow is hosting this conference.
He said: "We are delighted to be hosting a conference that gives us the opportunity to highlight an important aspect of the psychological needs of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families.
It is an important clinical priority that we develop a compassionate understanding of the complex needs of this group of individuals and how best to provide psychological help. This conference gives us the opportunity to bring together experts and clinicians from all over the world to take this important area forward."
Notes to Editors
Media opportunities will be available at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8th. Interviews with Dr Andrew Gumley can be pre-arranged by contacting 0141 201 4429.