Wellbeing Matters Conference, Fri 24th November

A Conference Exploring Adverse Life Experiences and the Impact on Wellbeing

Wellbeing Scotland is pleased to invite you to our conference, ‘Wellbeing Matters: A Conference Exploring Adverse Life Experiences and the Impact on Wellbeing’, which takes place on Friday 24th November, 10am – 4pm at the Glasgow IET Teacher Building, Glasgow.

If you would like to attend the event or submit apologies, please RSVP as soon as possible, by registering on our Eventbrite page, contacting conference@wellbeingscotland.org, or by contacting Rhys Stenhouse on 01324 630 100.

Morning Speakers:

Dr John Read is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. John worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services in the UK and the USA, before joining the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1994, where he worked until 2013.

He has published over 130 papers in research journals, primarily on the relationship between adverse life events (e.g. child abuse/neglect, poverty etc.) and psychosis. He also researches the negative effects of bio-genetic causal explanations on prejudice, the opinions and experiences of recipients of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in mental health research and practice.

John is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (www.isps.org) and is the Editor of the ISPS’s scientific journal ‘Psychosis’.

Dr Sarah Nelson has been a researcher, writer and campaigner on sexual violence and abuse for more than 30 years.

Her book ‘Incest: Fact and Myth’ was influential as the first British book to highlight childhood sexual abuse as a gendered abuse of power.

She has carried out qualitative research at both the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, and the University of Dundee. In 2016 she published ‘Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches to Prevention, Protection and Support’ (Policy Press). Its chapters reflect her work on physical and mental health, offenders, improving child protection, community prevention of CSA and exposing the backlash. She has also published on abused young people and schools, on organised abuse and on good practice with survivors in primary care.

Sarah was an adviser to the Scottish Government’s Survivor Scotland team from 2006 to 2011, and adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland (Scottish Parliament, 2014).

Afternoon Speakers:

Angela Ramsay – The Benefits of Counselling as an Additional or Alternative Treatment
Angela Ramsay is a Person Centred Counsellor and the Development Officer for Individuals and Courses at COSCA, Scotland’s Professional Body for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Angela qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling in 2009 and, since then, has worked face-to-face and over the telephone with a range of clients. Part of her experience was working specifically with those affected by drug and alcohol abuse as well as survivors of childhood sexual abuse. At COSCA, Angela is responsible for the accreditation of counsellors and trainers and the validation of courses in counselling, counselling skills and supervision.

Kaye Hills – Innovation, collaboration and dedication – a partnership approach to closing the poverty related attainment gap across the Scottish Attainment Challenge in Clackmannanshire
Kaye Hills is an Improving Outcomes Team Leader within Clackmannanshire Education Services. She coordinates the Scottish Attainment Challenge across her Authority ensuring that targeted improvement activity in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing supports children and young people to reach their full potential.

Other topics will include:

  • Partnership Approaches to Improving Wellbeing
  • Improving Outcomes for Children & Young People

Speakers to be confirmed


  • £80 – Voluntary orgs
  • £100 – Statutory orgs

Payment can be made by invoice or by card when booking online, or call 01324 630 100 to book over the phone.

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