Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability

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.


The Guardian – Article 20-12-20

IPD Webinars in December

After Simon Jarrett fascinating webinar based on his new book, the publishers are offering IPD members a discount, see below.   I’ve just started it and I can assure you it is quite extraordinary if you’re interested in the history of people with a learning disability it’s an must-read. 

Those They Called Idiots: The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day by Simon Jarrett

Special offer for members!

20% off the published price with the discount code IPD20 when ordering from the Reaktion Books website.
To order please click HERE


15th December 2020 

Stephen Unwin (Playwright, parent, campaigner and writer) will be in discussion with David O’Driscoll. Stephen will be reflecting on his experiences as a parent of a person with learning disabilities as well as his writing, which includes a couple of play’s concerned with learning disabilities and Stephen is currently researching a history of people with a learning disability.
1st December 2020 

Dr Roger Banks (National Clinical Director, Learning Disability and Autism, NHS England and NHS Improvement) will be in discussion with David O’Driscoll.
Dr Banks was also a founder member of the IPD. He will be reflecting on his lifetime work in services for people with Learning disabilities.