Our Chief Care Officer, Aysha S. Jamall, will be speaking at HOPE's Second International Conference with her talk "Neurodiversity and 5 Stages of Grief: A Cultural Perspective".
£30 – £70
Register for the conference here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hopes-annual-international-conference-the-unspoken-topics-tickets-404731391487
The Unspoken Topics - the things we need to discuss
About this event
Our 2nd International Conference is about the topics that are often hidden and considered taboo. Now is the time for us to raise awareness and have difficult conversations in order to help others.
The topics range from the impact of having a neurodiverse child in a culture that has traditionally found it difficult to accept them to male domestic abuse and perinatal mental health care. We'll also be introducing attendees to Faith appropriate modalities in Psychology and why it's relevant, as well as to how coaching could benefit your life.
The conference is aimed at people in the counselling, psychotherapy and mental wellbeing professions and anyone who is curious and wants to learn more about these topics. We are a diverse and multi-ethnic organisation and have created a platform so that we can learn from each other.
We're particularly keen to have students attend as many of these topics are not covered sufficiently or at all during training. Please note that there is a student ticket rate to make it more accessible and an early bird rate if you book before the 9th of September.
If you really want to attend but your finances make it difficult, please send a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration as there are a few fully funded spaces.
The full programme is as follows:
1. 9:45am (UK time) Zoom room opens. Attendees invited to introduce themselves in the chat (Anjani and Gloria)
2. 10am – 10:10am Welcome and Introduction to the Conference, Ansa Ahmed, Founder and CEO of HOPE Support Services
3. 10:15 – 11:15am ‘Neurodiversity and the 5 Stages of Grief: A Cultural Perspective’, Aysha S. Jamall, Psychotherapist & Co-Founder of Centre of Inclusive Care, Karachi
4. 11:15 – 12:15pm "Living with the Shame of Male Domestic Violence", Maxi Leigh, Founder and Director of Support for Survivors
5. 12:15 – 1pm Lunch break
6. 1pm -1:15pm Ansa introduces The Swan Song Project
7. 1:15 – 2:15pm "An Islamic Approach to Mental Health and Psychological Therapy", Professor Rasjid Skinner and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Ihsaan Therapy
8. 2:15– 3:15pm 'Crises in pregnancy and following delivery in Guyana and the Caribbean" Dr Davendranand Sharma, Consultant of Neuro-Behaviour Medicine and Professor of Behaviour Sciences
9. 3:15 – 4:10pm "An Interactive session on how coaching can help you", Shahista Suleman, Coach at HOPE Support Services
10. 4:10 – 4:15pm Thank you and closing remarks from Ansa
There is a Q&A opportunity after each presentation. We hope you will participate as the more you ask questions and/or contribute in the breakout rooms, the more you will get from this conference.
1. ‘Neurodiversity and the 5 Stages of Grief: A Cultural Perspective’
Aysha S. Jamall Psychotherapist & Co-Founder of Centre of Inclusive Care
Aysha is the Co-Founder and Chief Care Officer of the Centre of Inclusive Care in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a UK CPCAB Certified Psychotherapist, Supervisor to Psychotherapists and a Remedial Therapist (U.K Dyslexia Action, Reads-Hornsby) by profession. She has more than fifteen years of experience in Education Management and is one of the pioneers in setting up a Special Needs Department in a reputed school in Karachi. In 2014 she was awarded for her Valuable Contribution Towards Raising Awareness & Advocacy for The Equal & Inalienable Rights, Elimination of Discrimination & Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Mainstream Society on World Disability Day.
2. ‘Living with the Shame of Male Domestic Abuse’
Maxi Leigh Founder and Director of Support for Survivors
Maxi has been supporting victims and survivors for the past sixteen years, working with the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church on a National and International basis. As Founder of the Support for Survivors Charity, she is heavily involved with the National Inquiry into child sex abuse scandal. She is also a writer, teacher and trainer for the empowerment of victims, survivors as well as professionals. She and the charity are winners of many awards, both locally and nationally. Support for Survivors won a National award in 2019 for Mental Health and Peer Support Innovation from the Marsh Christian Trust and Maxi won ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ in 2021 from the Divas of Colour International Women’s Awards.
3. ‘An Introduction to The Swan Song Project’
Ben Buddy Slack Founder & Creative Director
Ben is the Founder and Creative Director of The Swan Song Project based in Leeds, UK. He is an award-winning songwriter and community musician and has released albums as a solo artist, with his band (The Blind Dead McJones Band) and as a duo with Siobhan Donnelly. His community music work has involved delivering songwriting workshops and courses in a variety of community settings, mental health facilities and prisons. He was inspired to start The Swan Song Project after losing his Grandma and regretting not recording her singing with him.
4. ‘An Islamic Approach to Mental Health and Psychological Therapy’
Professor Rasjid Skinner BA(Dunelm), MSc, FRAI, C Psychol, AFBPsS
Professor Skinner is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director for Ihsaan, an Islamic Psychology based therapy service located in Bradford, UK. He is a Jungian Psychotherapist with over 40 years’ experience of dealing with a variety of psychological problems. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has worked with others over many years developing the clinical application of an Islamic understanding of the Self. He is a Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi and formerly lectured at Sheffield University and The Cambridge Muslim College. His most recent publication is: Waheed, H. and Skinner, R. Decolonising Psychology: Back to the Future. The Psychologist. Sept 2022. Pp 84-86
5. 'Crises in pregnancy and following delivery in Guyana and the Caribbean’
Dr Davendranand Sharma MBBS (Ind) DPM DM(UWI) MIHE (UK)
Dr Sharma is a Consultant of Neuro-Behavior Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Woodlands Hospital and the Brain Health Center - Advanced Health Care International in Guyana, South America. He provides Clinical care to patients with emotional and neuropsychological disorders. He is also a Professor of Behavior Sciences at Texila American University in Guyana. He has extensive international experience in various countries in the Caribbean, as well as the USA and India.
6. ‘An Interactive Session on how Coaching can help you’
Shahista Suleman Coach for HOPE Support Services
Shahista is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) mental health Coach and has a BSc degree in Psychology. She combines her psychological knowledge and NLP training within her therapy to help individuals understand themselves better and improve their mental health.
Ansa Ahmed Founder and CEO of HOPE Support ServicesAnsa is a Consultant, Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer, Facilitator, Public Sp