Seminar and Conference Organisation

 

2013

Organiser: “RADICAL THEN, RADICAL NOW: Care and Education in Communities”

A conference of the Child Care History Network in association with Hilfield Friary, and with the support of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust: to celebrate the centenary of the Little Commonwealth and Homer Lane, and to reflect on the future of residential therapeutic child care and education with a group of leading practitioners, academics, writers and thinkers.

Full conference programme and conference recordings, including participant feedback

2012

Member, organising group: “Displaced Childhoods: Oral History and Traumatic Experiences”

Two-day Oral History Society Annual Conference, held at Southampton Solent University

2011

Member, organising group: “The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Telling the story and sharing the experiences of residential child care”

Two-day project conference for HLF-supported project “Therapeutic Living With Other People’s Children: An oral history of residential therapeutic child care c. 1930 – c. 1980”, held at the University of Birmingham Medical School, Birmingham

2010

Member, organising group: “From Coalface to Facebook? Using new social media and technology to record, remember and share child care experience”

Child Care History Network Annual Conference, held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

2010

Member, organising group: “Child Care Records: Use and Access”

Child Care History Network Conference, held at the University of Warwick

2008

Co-organiser: “I am, They Are, We Will Be: Sustainability and Therapeutic Environments

A seminar of the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, exploring the relationship between designing Zero-Carbon Schools, Environmental and Therapeutic Education, Green Farming and Green Therapy. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust.

2008

Member, organising group: “Child Care: The Need for History”

Inaugural conference, Child Care History Network, held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

2008

Member, organising group: “Who Cared? Oral History, Caring, Health and Illness: Marking 60 years of the National Health Service

Two day Oral History Society Annual Conference, in collaboration with the Medical School, University of Birmingham. Held in the Medical School, University of Birmingham

2007

Organiser: “If it works…”

Working inaugural conference of the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments, a Research and Study Centre of the University of Birmingham, hosted by the Planned Environment Therapy Trust. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

2004

Co-organiser: “Miss Britton, I presume…”

A conference celebrating the publication of Joel Kanter’s “Face to Face With Children: The life and work of Clare Winnicott” (Karnac Books, London, 2004), with speakers Joel Kanter, Dr. Christopher Reeves and Olive Stevenson. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

2003

Conceived and organised: “ATC-in-24”: A celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Association of Therapeutic Communities

A 24 hour, residential working conference involving some sixty people: Founding and early leaders of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, Trustees currently responsible for the business and future of the ATC, guests from other charities in the field, students, researchers and individual members of the ATC. The aim was to bring the diverse constituency of the field together to identify, address, and tackle themes and issues facing therapeutic community and the ATC today, grounded in an opening session of public reminiscence (and argument) by the senior members about the origins, history and vicissitudes of the early ATC, and looking towards the future. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

2001

Conceived and Organised: “Leaderless Group Seminar: Developments in British psychiatry and psychology in the late 1940s and 1950s”
The “Leaderless Group” projects aimed to bring academics, students, clinicians, and historians together in shared debate and discussion. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy TrustParticipants 2001: Dr. Lawrence Friedman (Professor of History, Indiana University)Dr. Robert Hinshelwood (Professor of Psychoanalysis, Essex University), Ben Shephard (author), Nafsika Thalassis (PhD student), Craig Fees [all from 1999, as below]; David Glenister lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Hull University, pursuing a PhD at the London School of Economics on ‘Social Psychiatric Nursing 1948-1969); Nuno Torres, PhD student in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University; Kevin Polley, Henderson Hospital, pursuing a PhD in the Department of Psychology at University College London on the theme of ‘Mental Representation in Borderline Personality Disorder’; and Steven Dykes, Head of American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College and Course Leader for Performance Skills and Theatre Studies in the Department of Professional and Community Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

1999

Conceived and organised: “Leaderless Group Seminar: Group and military psychiatry in World War II”  Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study CentreThe “Leaderless Group” projects aimed to bring academics, students, clinicians, and historians together in shared debate and discussion. Held at the Barns Conference Centre, Planned Environment Therapy Trust

Participants 1999: Dr. Lawrence Friedman, Professor of History, University of Indiana, whose massive biography of Erik Erikson was just going to press, and who had just embarked on preliminary research for a new book on the innovations and development of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy which came out of Britain as a consequence of World War II; Ben Shephard, professional documentary maker, author of the influential book A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists 1914 – 1994 (Jonathan Cape 2000) then in preparation; Dr. Robert Hinshelwood, former Director of the Cassel Hospital, Professor of Psychoanalysis at Essex University, and a Kleinian analyst with a long-standing commitment to the history of the profession; Dr. Lesley Caldwell, practising psychoanalyst, teaching in the Sociology Department at Greenwich University, and working on a history of the Cassel Hospital from the 1940s; psychiatrist Dr. Tom Harrison of the North Birmingham Mental Health Trust, whose major book on World War II psychiatry, Bion, Rickman, Foulkes and the Northfield Experiments: Advancing on a Different Front (Jessica Kingsley, 2000) was then in preparation; students Maria Armstrong, of the Wellcome Institute in London, and Nafsika Thalassis of Imperial College and Queens College London; and Craig Fees, Archivist, Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre.

1995

Conceived and organised: Networking organizations.  Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre


Bringing together eleven people from diverse organizations, including the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, the Cassel Hospital, Shotton Hall School, Human Scale Education, Summerhill School Trust, to develop communication and networking.