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Tizard Research Seminar Series

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Each academic year we have a series of research seminars. This year lectures will take place at 17:00-18:00 hrs and will be held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The lecture will be followed by a short informal drinks reception to which everyone is welcome.

The seminars are open to all - students, staff and external visitors are warmly invited to attend and there is no charge for either the lecture or the reception. Please note that events may be subject to change. The next series of seminars for the academic year 2017/18 will be posted shortly.

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - Dr Stuart Todd "And then they were dead! How? The last months of life of people with learning disabilities"

Dr Stuart Todd is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing at the University of South Wales. His research interests have focused on three key themes:  the self-identities of people with learning disabilities, the lives and experiences of parents of people with learning disabilities over the life course; and the social and historical relationship between disability and death.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 - Prof Sally-Ann Cooper, Professor of Learning Disabilities (mental health and well-being) at the University of Glasgow. "Health of people with intellectual disabilities"
Health can have important impacts on quality of life and inclusion. The health needs of people with intellectual disabilities have not always received suitable attention and we are still learning about the extent of physical and mental health need in the population, and the added complexities related to multimorbidity. This presentation will consider these issues, drawing on data from the whole population of Scotland, and will also consider some recent results and findings from materials and reviews on health interventions for people with intellectual disabilities. View the recording of the lecture.

Thursdsay 23 November 2017 - Dr Allyn Thomas (revised time of 16:00 hrs) PhD student, Tizard Centre "Worthiness and the response of the police to mental illness".

The last two decades have seen reduced funding for Mental Health services and over the same period the number of people detained by the police because of their mental illness has increased significantly. Both are a source of much public disquiet.What is not clear is precisely why detentions by the police have increased. Reductions in service provision might imply that more people who are more ill are present in the community and come into contact with the police, resulting in their detention.Whilst that may play a part, decisions by officers to detain are affected by a much wider range of factors which includes risk averse behaviour by officers and the ability of people who are in crisis or even just seeking attention, to trigger this response from the police.Other factors also affect the conduct of officers including judgements about whether people are worthy or unworthy of help.In this talk I will review the data and publications about Mental Health Services and rates of contact of the mentally ill with the police. Allyn will discuss his own data and research on such contacts and the attitudes, beliefs and other factors that determine how officers behave.

Wednesday 24 January 2018 - Prof Peter Langdon
, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Disability (Tizard Centre) "An evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme - progress towards discharging people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from hospital"
The Transforming Care agenda represents a pledge to reduce the number of people with intellectual disabilities, often referred to as people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom, and/or autism spectrum conditions who are placed unnecessarily within hospital beds.   To help achieve this aim, a new National Service Model was launched, and Transforming Care Partnerships were created to reorganise and deliver better care to people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions.  This talk will focus on the use of inpatient beds in England from 2015 to 2016, and using modelling methods, relationships between various variables, NHS workforce figures, and inpatient bed use will be explored and discussed.  Drawing on NHS England service specifications for community forensic and intensive support teams, the likely future workforce numbers across a number of professional groups within the community will be outlined and discussed. 

Wednesday 21 February 2018 - Dr Corinna Grindle, Associate Researcher at the University of Warwick and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, with many years experience of working with children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilites, including autism. Her key research interests include early intervention, applied behaviour analysis and fostering academic learning.
Continuing education units: 1 BCBA CEU will be available (free)

"We can teach you that too! Using behaviour analysis to teach reading, maths and writing to children with autism"
There has been considerable interest in the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis methods as a comprehensive intervention model for children with autism in home and centre-based or school-based settings. Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses suggest positive outcome data, especially for cognitive, language and adaptive skills. In addition to a focus on social, language and other adaptive skills, ameliorating academic skill deficits (in reading, writing and maths) is often a component of these programmes. However, within the research literature on interventions for children with autism, investigating the best methods of teaching academics has received limited attention. In this presentation I will describe an approach for extending what we know about the psychology of learning to the teaching of academic skills to more fully account for the full range of skills that may be lacking in children with autism. I will describe three distinct strands of research that have effectively taught reading, maths and handwriting skills to children with autism. This talk will provide a new framework for developing and evaluating academic programmes for children with autism.


Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture 2017 - Friday 2 March 2018 Prof Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, Norwich Medical School
"Prenatal diagnosis: reactions of people with learning disabilities and their families"

Previous seminars included:

Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones & Dr Magali Barnoux - "Memories, Moments and Mannequins: clothes and fashion and the changing world of learning disabilities" Watch this seminar
Dr David Oliver - Palliative care and end of life care for people with ID - the latest ideas" Watch the seminar
Dr Precious Sango - "Spirituality and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: comparing the significance of spirituality in faith and non-faith based care services" Watch the Seminar
Prof Angela Hassiotis - "Service level delivery of postive behaviour support: what does the evidence suggest?"

Prof Glynis Murpy "What happens to ex-offenders with learning disabilities after leaving prison" Slide presentation pdf
Dr Nicola Grove "Sharing stories of personal experience: collaborating to create meanings" Slide presentation pdf
Dr Allyn Thomas "Mad, bad or sad: the use and abuse of police powers to detain the mentally disordered" Slide presentation pdf
Prof Ruth Northway & Colleagues "Looking into abuse: research by people with learning disabilities Youtube
Vivien Cooper, OBE, CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation "People with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges: progress and priorities" (Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture)
Prof Peter McGill - "Preventing challenging behaviour of adults with complex needs in supported accommodation"
Dr Michelle McCarthy - "Domestic violence and women with learning disabilities"Rebecca Hardiman - cinema screening of "Mission to Lars"
Prof Glynis Murphy, Co-director and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Disability, Tizard Centre, "Intellectual disabilities & the Criminal Justice System: recent research & remaining questions" View pdf of slides
Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou, Reader School of Social Work, Kingston University & St Georges University London"Domestic violence in England: a cross section survey of community prevalence and its impact on health related factors among women and men"
Dr Paul Cambridge, currently an independent trainer, teacher and consultant and has recent research and development experience in the policy and practice of adult safeguarding and the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities. "Evidence based policy and practice in safeguarding people with intellectual disabilities from abuse" pdf of slides
Dr Marcus Redley, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge. "Valuing people, challenging indifference and promoting access: the provision of healthcare for men and women with learning disabilities".
Prof Jan Burns, Joint Programme Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. "Running a different Race - the re-inclusion of intellectually disabled athletes into London 2012 Paralympics"
Dr Frank Keating, Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care, Royal Holloway University of London. "Black and minority ethnic (BME) men¹s constructions of emotional well­being"
Dr Julie Beadle-Brown, Reader in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Tizard) "Costs and outcomes of skilled support for people with complex needs"
Professor Eric Emerson, Professor of Disability and Health Research."Improving the Health and Lives of People with Learning Disabilities: The Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory"See pdf





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Last Updated: 07/12/2017