IAFMHS Deadline Extended until November 10th

IAFMHSlogo_RHSThe International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) 2015 conference is to be held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester, United Kingdom from June 16-18th with pre- and post-conference workshops to be held June 15th and June 19th.

The theme for the 2015 is Risks-Rights-Responsibilities: Innovations in Forensic Mental Health Services

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers for the 2015 conference include:

Professor Len Bowers

Len Bowers is a qualified psychiatric nurse with clinical and managerial experience in acute inpatient and community care. He completed an undergraduate degree, then a masters and finally a doctorate, all by part time study. His doctoral thesis was published as a book (The Social Nature of Mental Illness) in 1998, and a second book about positive attitudes to personality disordered people is influential and widely read.

He first became a professor at City University where he commenced a program of research into inpatient care, and ways to reduce conflict (violence, absconding, substance use, rule breaking, and medication refusal) and containment (as required medication, coerced sedation, seclusion, special observation, manual restraint, etc.). He now leads a team of researchers investigating this issue at the Institute of Psychiatry, has completed more than £4 million of grant funded research, and has authored over a hundred peer reviewed publications. Speaking regularly at international conferences, Len has advised the UK government on policy issues and contributed to policy guidelines on psychiatric nursing practice.

Professor Steve Peters

MBBS MRCPsych BA PGCE MEd (medical) Dip. Sports Med. Consultant Psychiatrist / Undergraduate Dean Sheffield Medical School.

Prof Olympic Sports, including, British Cycling, England Rugby, World Championship Snooker and Premier league Football.

His career began with teaching Mathematics and then moved on to Medicine. He has worked in the clinical field of Psychiatry for the past twenty years including Clinical Director of the Mental Health Services at Bassetlaw Trust, culminating in working at Rampton Secure Hospital. Steve has been with Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer since 1994 and is also Undergraduate Dean. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Medicine and Medical Education (Masters Degree) and also postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, Education and Psychiatry.

He is a member of the Royal College and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations.He is also a member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport and an expert witness to WADA (World Anti-doping Agency).

His specialist interest is in the working of the human mind and how it can reach optimum performance applied to all walks of life.

For fun, he competes in Track and Field Athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and World Records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres.

Professor Jenny Shaw

Jenny Shaw is Professor in Forensic Psychiatry and Centre Lead in the Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health at University of Manchester. She is also Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Specialist Services at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT). She is also Research and Development Director for LCFT.

Jenny has extensive experience in leadership roles as a clinician, researcher and service developer. She trained in general adult and forensic psychiatry in Manchester and Australia. She is Head of Psychiatry at Manchester Medical School, Assistant Director at the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide (NCISH), Director of the Offender Health Research Network (OHRN) and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Preston.

Throughout her career she has been interested in translating research evidence into improving the quality and safety of forensic mental health services.

Dr. Rüdiger Müller-Isberner

Rüdiger Müller-Isberner has been the Director of the Vitos Haina Forensic Hospital since 1987. The hospital and the associated after-care clinic provide forensic services to approximately 700 patients in the German state of Hessen. The hospital admits all mentally disordered offenders sentenced to “hospital order treatment” in the state of Hessen (6,000,000 inhabitants). Over the past 30 years, Rüdiger Müller-Isberner has established a comprehensive inpatient service that includes specific treatment programs designed to address the multiple and varied needs presented by the patients. In addition, he was instrumental in the establishment and development of a structured, multi-component, intensive after-care program that has been implemented.

From 1994 to 1999, Rüdiger was the chair of the association of directors of forensic psychiatric hospitals in Germany. From 2003 to 2005, he was the President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Over the last 25 years, he has authored and co-authored more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and books. His preoccupation has been to bridge the gap between science and practice by using research findings to improve the assessment, management, and treatment of patients, and to ensure that the structure and organization of the hospital provide maximum support to front-line staff.

Rüdiger would likely score relatively high on a scale measuring sensation-seeking as his hobbies include diving with whale sharks and manta rays and getting up close with tigers. This personality trait might also explain why Rüdiger – after almost 30 years – still enjoys the challenge of running a forensic mental health service.

Professor Sheilagh Hodgins

Sheilagh Hodgins is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Université de Montréal and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and winner of a Wolfson merit award from the Royal Society of the United Kingdom.

Her investigations aim to unravel the interplay between biological and environmental factors that operate during the course of development to promote antisocial and aggressive behaviour.

She has published many papers, book chapters, and books reporting findings of from these investigations. All of her studies aim to provide results that have the potential to improve the effectiveness of both prevention and treatment programs, and thereby reduce violence.

Abstract Submission

Conference organizers have extended the deadline for abstract submission until Midnight on November 10th. Abstracts can be submitted on the IAFMHS submission portal website.

More Information

More information about the conference, abstract submission, accommodations, and anything else you’d want to know about this event can be found on the conference website.


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