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Mental Health PhD Program 2nd Dialogue Session - 'Concept Creep'

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The University of Melbourne

Redmond Barry Building

Lowe Theatre (ground floor)

Parkville, VIC 3010

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The Mental Health PhD Program invites everyone who is interested to join its 2nd Mental Health Dialogue:

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Our concepts of mental disorder have expanded greatly in recent decades, sometimes referred to as "concept creep". What are the drivers of this growth in concepts and what are its implications, positive and negative?

Please join Mental Health PhD program current co-directors Professor Nick Haslam, Professor Jane Pirkis, Professor Bernhard Baune, and former co-director Professor Malcolm Hopwood for a discussion of the implications of these important issues. All interested are welcome!

The session will not only be between the 4 speakers but the audience is encourage to actively engage with the Dialogue and share their point of view.

This Dialogue will be loosely based on a paper by Nick Haslam (2016) Concept Creep: Psychology's Expanding Concepts of Harm and Pathology, Psychological Inquiry, 27:1, 1-17. For a copy of the paper please go to: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/bfc6.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday the 17th of October
Time: 11.30am till 12.30pm with refreshments after
Room: Lowe Theatre, Redmond Barry Building

Speakers:
Prof Nick Haslam is professor of psychology and pro vice-chancellor (graduate). He is a clinically trained social psychologist whose academic interests include personality and intergroup relations. His more clinically relevant research explores psychiatric classification, stigma, and changing concepts of mental health.

Prof Jane Pirkis is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She conducts policy-relevant research on suicide and suicide prevention in Australia, including profiling the epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behaviour among the general population and among at-risk groups, examining suicide and the media, and evaluating large-scale suicide prevention programs and mental health care initiatives.

Prof Bernhard Baune is Cato Chair and Head of the Department of Psychiatry. His research examines the interactions of the immune and nervous systems and is committed to uncovering the underpinnings of severe mental illness. His translational work aims to make real-world differences to the lives of people with mental illness by integrating neurobiological and clinical information, by personalising treatments and by targeting the mechanisms of functional recovery.

Prof Malcolm Hopwood is Professor of Psychiatry with Ramsay Health Care, Clinical Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at the Albert Road Clinic, and former Head of the Department of Psychiatry. His research areas of interest include clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology and psychiatric aspects of acquired brain injury. He has been President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is President Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations.

For more information about this or other upcoming events of the program please contact The Mental Health PhD Program Coordinator Dr. Marjolein Kammers at marjolein.kammers@unimelb.edu.au

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 17th.



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