Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability


David O’Driscoll – Learning Disability Today, 24 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic affected people with a learning disability disproportionally from the rest of the general population. David O’Driscoll, a grief expert, asks whether we should mark the deaths in the community in some way so people know that these deaths matter.

29th June 2021 – 21st Anniversary Conference

I want to remind everyone of our 21st Anniversary Conference
on Tuesday, 29th June 2021 
at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
We are hoping by then we can meet face to face. It will be a stellar line-up, and we aim to keep the conference price low so that it can reach out to as wider an audience as possible.  

Please note our annual general meeting is scheduled for Friday 26 February
It will be on zoom and there will be a short prestation by one of the trustees. 
Further details will follow.

We have also scheduled the following Tuesday webinars and hope you can join us.

January Webinars

19th January 2021

Richard Curran will be in conversation with David O’Driscoll (Chair IPD) about his work as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist with people with intellectual disability.  

Richard Curran works in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor. Richard was a consultant forensic psychotherapist and supervisor at Respond where he worked for 17 years. He led the forensic service for adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities or autism. He is the Chair of the Forensic Psychotherapy Society and a long-standing member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD).

12th January 2021

Dr Pat Frankish, a clinical psychologist and past president of the British Psychological Society will be talking about her lifetime work with David O’Driscoll (Chair IPD). Dr Frankish has had a very distinguished career both in the NHS and forensics services and developing pioneering work in staff training and trauma-based inventions.  

Learn more about Dr Pat Frankish HERE and HERE




Tuesday Webinars in 2021

We have a number of confirmed webinars for 2021 including

  • Roger Curen (Psychotherapist, ex-director Respond) on forensic work with People with learning disabilities
  • Dr Noelle Blackman (Director, Respond), on families and people with a learning disability
  • Florian Schwanninger (historian, director Hartheim centre) on the T4 programme

These will be confirmed nearer the time

The webinars will be for an hour and there will be time for questions. Also, can I ASK, as we are a small organisation, we would appreciate a donation – which you can do via the website.

Please be aware we recording our webinars and also looking at revamping our website, once it is revamped, we are hoping to publish the recordings on the website.