‘I want to encourage you all to attend this year’s conference on Building Bridges - Visibility, Equality, Inclusion & Diversity which will add to the positive energy from previous conferences. Come along and experience rich conversations, nourishing and stimulating presentations/keynotes, but overall there will be a sense of us being together making this event a success.’
Dr Maureen McIntosh, Chair DCoP
Following on from last year
With such a focus on the ‘legislative’ characteristics that are protected, we wanted to push further. Last year we saw some excellent workshops and discussions centered on addressing unconscious bias and ‘other’ differences- including economic difference, single parenthood and privilege.
This year, we wanted to bring more of this, continuing the work with regards to recognising, protecting and giving voice to those with some of the more ‘invisible’ struggles.
We have a great array of keynote speakers this year, focusing on issues that speak to precisely our title – Visibility, Equality, Inclusion and Diversity.
We are very pleased to be announcing that our very own chair-elect, Dr. Christina Richards, a passionate speaker and advocate with regards to Gender Identity will be taking to the stage to speak at the conference. She is a lead Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Adult Gender Identity Service, and works alongside a number of academic and charity organisations, to raise awareness and advocate for gender identity services. We look forward to warmly welcoming Dr Richards as chair-elect and hearing her tell us more about the importance of recognising all aspects of our clients, including gender identity struggles or certainty.
Dr. Damian Milton, is a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and works alongside the National Autistic Society. He recently joined the Tizard Centre at The University of Kent and lectures on courses throughout the UK. His interest began when his son was diagnosed at the age of 2 with autism, in 2005. Additionally Dr Milton was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. He has spoken regarding involving those with Autism in the development of research, and also about ‘the double empathy problem’ which we look forward to hearing more about in his keynote address.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 new fathers experiences post-natal depression, a condition traditionally only recognised in new mothers. Mark Williams realised in hindsight that he was one of these new fathers experiencing PND after the birth of his son in 2004. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of fathers’ mental health issues, and advocate for mental health awareness in all new parents, not just mothers. We look forward to his perspective on father’s mental health, particularly relating to his first hand experiences, and his more recent speaking and training engagements.
We’ve told you what we have in store for you, and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us, so get thinking, get writing, and most certainly get tweeting too!
For more information and to submit to the conference please go to the website here. You can also sign up to receive alerts on the website.
The DCoP Conference Committee