Category: BAPCA 2015

Dancing with Rainbows: Throwing Perspective on a Person-centred Partnering Trans-identified and Trans-historied People – Tina Livingstone

Tina Livingstone

Interest in sexual identity, sexual practices, and the transitioning of relationship has thus far focussed more on trans identified and trans-historied people themselves than their partners (Nemoto et al (1999); Docter and Fleming (2001); Smith et al (2002); Cuypere et al (2005); Hines (2006).

However, as long as being Trans’ remains socially stigmatised, those who engage in relationships with them frequently find themselves stigmatised by association – wherever their own sexual identity and orientation reside. This brings a unique layer of struggles for partners, beyond any issues within the relationship itself, including the silencing of celebration.

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Demedicalising Diversity: Celebrating, Not Pathologising, People With Different Lives – Pete Sanders

Pete Sanders

Pete Sanders’ half of this shared keynote will ask whether we can allow people to live lives very different from our own without making their lives and experiences into a diagnostic category? Is distress an illness or a natural (albeit sometimes terrifying) reaction to bad things happening in life? And can some people live happy fulfilled lives living with experiences that disturb and distress the rest of society?

In the world of mental health activism, we find Mad Matters, Mad Studies, and Mad Pride – movements following in the wake of Hearing Voices Network and the Paranoia Network. They ask the question: ‘Is the struggle to demedicalise diversity in experiencing a civil rights struggle?’ Pete Sanders says ‘yes’ and invites you to join in.

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Critical Race Theory, Reflexivity, and the Therapeutic Practitioner – Martin Glynn

Martin Glynn

Diversity includes all aspects of an individual’s intersectional identity; age, race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. Practitioners should therefore be encouraged to be cognizant of issues related to all of these dimensions of culture. Similarly, engaging diverse clients involves a continuous process of reflection and reflexivity.

‘Reflexivity’ involves examining one’s ‘conceptual baggage’; ‘assumptions’; and ‘preconceptions’, and how these affect professional decisions.

Practitioners must therefore reveal their total interaction with diverse communities by exposing their subjective experiences, both the personal and the political, to reduce the expression of unconscious bias.

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Life Rolls On: Adapting to Life After a Spinal Injury – Trev Baker

Trev Baker

Trev will tell his story of the day that changed his life and the time spent in hospital. How getting involved with a charity called Back up enabled him to ski again and to experience sailing and quad biking which gave him confidence to pursue studies in sports coaching. Trev will talk about getting involved with a sports club called the SAND club which stands for see the ability not the disability and activities this has led to and working with younger adults with physical and behavioural issues in sport.

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The Being of the White Therapist – Sheila Haugh & Colin Lago

Sheila Haugh

In this presentation we will offer some reflection and ideas on this under explored arena of white therapist identity. We will discuss the notion of power and the concept of white as a norm. It is our hope to create an environment where we can all reflect on how the being of a white therapist can impact on us both personally and professionally.

Our vision for the structure of this keynote is to combine presentation for stimulus with an opportunity for reflection and thoughtfulness. We would like this keynote to provoke critical thought toward the systemic and personal implications of the being of the white therapist.

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