Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability

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. 



Death, Loss and Learning Disability in a Pandemic

Tuesday 28th July 1300 to 1400 

Death, Loss and Learning Disability in a Pandemic: David O’Driscoll Chair of IPD, Meeting to be chaired by Dr Georgina Parkes Treasurer of IPD.

In this hour webinar, I want to think about the current ‘Covid-19’ pandemic, and how this affects people with learning disabilities. In particularly the anxieties around death, dying and loss, this moment brings up.
Dr Georgina Parkes will chair the Webinar and David O’Driscoll will be delivering the session via a PowerPoint.  

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Tuesday 28th July 1pm – 2pm
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The metamorphosis of autism – A history of child development in Britain

Author: Bonnie Evans

This book explains the current fascination with autism by linking it to a longer history of childhood development. Drawing from a staggering array of primary sources, it traces autism back to its origins in the early twentieth century and explains why the idea of autism has always been controversial and why it experienced a ‘metamorphosis’ in the 1960s and 1970s.