Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability

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. 

Webinars in November

24th November 2020 

Dr Sara Ryan (Social Scientist, University of Oxford, mother, campaigner and author) will be in discussion with David O’Driscoll on her new book Love, Learning Disabilities and Pockets of Brilliance. How practitioners can make a difference to the lives of children, families, and adults.  (2021). 
“Beautifully written and absorbing, Love Disabilities and Pockets of Brilliance shines a joyful light on the kind of good support that enables people to flourish.”
Saba Salman, (Guardian, Journalist)  

Click here for a link to Dr Ryans book



Tuesday 3rd November 

Dr Valerie Sinason will be discussing her new book, The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation. Everything you didn’t want to know and were afraid to ask. (2020). Confer Books, with David O’Driscoll (IPD Chair).

Dr Susie Orbach has said of the book, “In plain language, she enables us to see forms of cruelty and the psychic consequences which lead to the extreme splitting of psyches into dissociated and multiple self-states.”

I will be discussing this important new book with IPD’s most senior clinician.

I think it is a fitting way to end this years successful set of webinars.

Webinars in September/October


20th October 2020
Professor Jan Walmsley (Historian and researcher, Open University and ex-editor of British Journal of Learning Disabilities) will be in discussion with David O’Driscoll on The importance of History for learning disability services today October 2020
Dr Simon Jarrett (Historian and Editor, Community Living) will be in discussion with David O’Driscoll on his new book Those They Called Idiots.  The idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Mind.

29th September 2020
Professor, the Baroness Sheila Hollins (IPD founder member ) will be talking to Dr Georgina Parkes (IPD treasurer) on the following stories in pictures as a projective tool to help people share their own understanding and mental state29th September,_Baroness_Hollin

22nd September 2020
Dr. Bonnie Evans (Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London) will be discussion with David O’Driscoll on her bookThe Metamorphosis of Autism.  A history of child development in Britain.