Beyond symptom: an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection, York, Friday, 07. June 2019

Addiction continues to be a serious problem in the UK.  While the number of people with an addiction rises, budgets are being squeezed, services suffer cuts and it’s the people who need the help who suffer.
 This conference aims to bring together a range of people involved in different parts of the recovery process to look beyond the focus on the substances.  Instead we will focus on the importance of relationship in healing and on breaking the impasse in treatment services.
We hope to create a space for debate, discussion and learning. We will look at how commissioning structures can be changed and how psychotherapeutic support can be made integral to the whole process.
In the morning, keynote speakers will talk about their experiences and how they’ve challenged existing processes. This will be followed by a panel discussion,  In the afternoon, a series of workshops will offer opportunities for greater understanding, insight and development.
Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire
Changing the commissioning relationships
Oliver Standing, Director, Collective Voice
Systemcraft: harnessing the power of relationships to advocate in complexity for a better world for people who use drugs and alcohol
Dr Linda Harris, Chief  Executive Officer, Spectrum Community Health CIC and GP
Dr Linda Harris will share her experiences from both a clinical perspective and as Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health CIC. She will talk about how the psychosocial and clinical services can transfer into communities as well as the challenges of breaking the cycle of medication dependency.
 All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependency, speaker TBC
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependency recently surveyed therapists and discovered that more than 90% felt they needed better professional guidance to help them work with people either taking, or withdrawing from presecribed psychiatric drugs. This session will talk through how the organisations involved aim to improve the support for therapists working with people with a prescribed drug dependency.
 Leigh Bell, Public Health Manager
When Leigh Bell took over the commissioning process in York, she found her views challenged and went through a very personal journey which helped introduce a co-production process in tendering for the drug and alcohol treatment services in York. The process brought together psychotherapeutic services with other service providers to create a truly integrated approach with the service user at its heart.
 Andy Ryan, Changing Lives
UKCP psychotherapist, Andy Ryan, will talk about the importance of relationship in breaking the cycle of addiction. He will explore the role of the gestalt cycle, affect relationship, trauma bonding and therapeutic healing of relationship.
 Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Adfam
Vivienne Evans will examine the impact of addiction on family connections and how they can be repaired in the recovery process. She will explore how we can look at prevention and treatment moving forward with themes emerging around the whole family approach, trauma informed practice and adverse childhood experiences.
Chair: Professor Sarah Niblock, Chief Executive Officer UK Council for Psychotherapy
We’re delighted to bring the speakers together for a discussion on the relationships within the addiction process. We’ll discuss the role of psychotherapy in the treatment process, how psychotherapists can help make connections and influence change in the whole commissioning process with a view to breaking the cycles of addiction.

Friday, 07. June 2019, York, Beyond symptom: an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection

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