IConS VIII Presents The First Dr.M.Sarada Menon Oration
As a fitting tribute to the immense contributions of Dr Sarada Menon to the field of mental health, Prof Max Birchwood, University of Warwick, UK, will deliver the First Dr.Sarada Menon Oration.
Over several decades, Prof Max Birchwood has applied and innovated various psychosocial intervention strategies. He pioneered the concept and practice of early intervention in psychosis in the UK and internationally and opened the UK’s first Early Intervention in Psychosis service in 1994, informed by his concept of the ‘critical period’ in psychosis, which he translated into the mental health policy framework for the UK government as part of the NHS ‘National Plan’. Professor Birchwood has undertaken research into the application of CBT to psychosis. His work in acute psychosis (1996; 2000) and in reducing harmful compliance with common hallucinations (2004), have been incorporated into NICE guidelines. He has also undertaken extensive work developing the cognitive model of ‘voices’, particularly the role of appraisals of voices’ power in driving affective dysregulation and compliance with voice commands. He has been a close friend and associate of SCARF for many years and one of the regular participants at ICONS.
Prof Brichwood will deliver a lecture on ‘Psychiatric rehabilitation into the modern age: early intervention in severe and treatment- resistant social disability’