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12. - 14. Juli 2018, University of Essex, Colchester Campus (UK)


12-14 July 2018 University of Essex, Colchester Campus

Globally, increasing attention is being paid to the need to find better ways of protecting and promoting the autonomy, and human rights, of vulnerable persons in need of care. 2018 is set to be crucial year in the ongoing process of policy change and law reform that is endeavoring to respond to this need: an independent review of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales has been commissioned; NICE are in the process of updating their guidelines on the treatment and management of depression, and are developing new guidelines on decision making and mental capacity; and the UN remains divided on the question of whether involuntary placement and treatment of persons with mental health problems can be lawful under UN human rights standards.

The Essex Autonomy Project has been at the forefront of the ongoing movement to support and promote the autonomy of vulnerable persons since 2010.

Our 2018 Summer School will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to get up to speed on the latest developments in this important area, and to get to grips with the theoretical issues underpinning this global movement. Focusing on the challenges of delivering care in a framework that supports and empowers individuals, the Summer School will combine briefings on theory with applications to practice, providing an interdisciplinary environment for delegates to discuss the challenges of cultivating respect for the autonomy of recipients of care. Sessions include: - Which way forward for the Mental Health Act? - The Concept of Will and the Capacity to Contract - Experiences of Powerlessness from the Patient's Perspective: Chronic Illness and End of Life - Objectivity and Arbitrariness - Risk, Mental Health and Justice

Our Summer School is open to everyone interested in promoting and protecting autonomy - we regularly welcome practitioners in social work, law, medicine, psychiatry, as well as policy makers, students and academic researchers.

Fee: £425 Fee

include three days of teaching, reading materials and lunch for each day. The fee does not include accommodation, but a range of accommodation is available and can be arranged separately if you require it. For more information, and to register, please visit 

or email autonomy(at) .