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Moving Bodies, Moving Minds (London)
Tue, May 9, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM BST
Across healthcare, there is increasing awareness of the importance of valuing mental health equally with physical health and of how closely the two overlap. This evening of conversation brings together people working in psychiatry, dance and theatre to discuss how movement and dance interventions have improved the clinical outcomes of people accessing mental health services, and how increased physical awareness can benefit healthcare professionals themselves.
Speakers include Dr. Lauren Gavaghan, Carly Annable-Coop, and Suzy Willson
Dr Lauren Gavaghan is a Senior (ST6) Registrar in Psychiatry, and has just accepted a Consultant post in Eating Disorders, beginning 2017. She is passionate about dance and movement and acts as a keen advocate for The Alchemy Project, a dance intervention pioneered and piloted with young people in Early Intervention in Psychosis teams. She has become increasingly fascinated by the therapeutic potential of dance and is keen to get The Alchemy Project commissioned as a key component of the recovery model in mental health services. Lauren is currently a participant in Open Dialogue training and is interested in a systemic approach to the treatment of mental illness. She has an interest in early intervention work- in eating disorders and also psychosis, and maintains an interest in global mental health, having worked in capacity-building roles in Africa. She is part of 'Re-Create Psychiatry' - a collaboration between service users and doctors/healthcare professionals, as part of the Dragon Cafe's Mental Fight Club, and is enthusiastic about changes in perspective this brings about. She has been an active campaigner against Government changes to Junior Doctor contracts and has spearheaded the #WearYourNHS campaign.
Carly is a Dance Artist with over 15 years experience of leading participatory dance projects that engage professionals, non-professionals and marginalised groups with a focus on transformation. Organisations Carly has worked with include Dance 4, Sadlers Wells and Dance United. Carly joined Dance United in 2005 as a Dance Fellow to direct projects with women in HMP Holloway Prison and then appointed Dance Director in a leadership role. Whilst with Dance United between 2005 and 2014 Carly directed over 35 projects, contributed to 10 pieces of new choreography and to the training and mentoring of new dance artists. Carly is the Project Director of The Alchemy Project a pioneering intensive dance intervention working with young adults in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. This intervention has delivered clinically significant results in wellbeing and acts as a powerful catalyst for recovery of mental health service users. She has contributed to research and has promoted work through film and broadcast, national and international conferences. Carly has also developed and delivered international projects in Holland and Cyprus.