Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Professor Matthew Ratcliffe (Department of Philosophy, Durham University) on ‘What is a “Sense of Foreshortened Future”? Phenomenological Reflections on Trauma, Trust and Time’ will be held on Wednesday June 25th 2014 from 5.30 – 7pm in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Matthew Ratcliffe is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and a member of the core Hearing the Voice research team.  His recent research explores a wide range of topics in phenomenology, philosophy of psychology and philosophy of psychiatry, including emotions and feelings, the phenomenology of depression, delusions and hallucinations, interpersonal experience, trust and temporal experience.

Abstract: One of the symptoms of trauma, mentioned in DSM-IV and elsewhere, is a “sense of foreshortened future”. In the absence of further qualification, it is not at all clear how to interpret this. In this talk, I will offer a phenomenological account of what it involves. I will describe how undergoing traumatic experiences, especially those that are deliberately inflicted by other people, can lead to a loss of what might be termed ‘trust’ or ‘confidence’ in the world. This undermines the intelligibility of one’s projects, cares and commitments, in a way that amounts to a profound change in the structure of temporal experience. I conclude by discussing the relationship between such experiences and the onset of psychosis.

Places are limited for this event.  If you would like to reserve a place, please complete our online registration form.

For more information about the event, please contact Victoria Patton.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

If you would like to receive information about future JSIGP meetings via email, please sign up to the JSIGP mailing list.

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