All Change Please?
New Developments, New Directions, New Standards in Human Rights and the Vocation of Care: Historical, legal, clinical perspectives
This year’s Summer School will be held on the 11th, 12th and 13th July at the Wivenhoe House Hotel on the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus
Confirmed speakers: Lucy Series (Cardiff University); Alex Ruck Keene (39 Essex Chambers); Benoît Eyraud (Max Weber Centre, Université Lyon); Penelope Brown (IoPPN, Kings College London); Wayne Martin (University of Essex); Matt Burch (University of Essex)
Every year, the Essex Autonomy Project organises a three-day residential summer school, open to everyone interested in understanding, promoting and protecting autonomy – particularly in the context of care relationships. We regularly welcome practitioners in social work, law, medicine and psychiatry, as well as policy makers, students and academic researchers. Our aim is to bring participants up-to-date on the most recent policy changes, both nationally and internationally, but also to engage with the clinical, philosophical, and sociological issues underpinning, and arising from, these changes.
The Essex Autonomy Project Summer School is an invaluable space to consider issues away from the immediacy of day-to-day implementation dilemmas.
Summer School participant
This year, there is plenty to think about: the UK Parliament is considering the Mental Capacity Act Amendment Bill; the Wessely Review has recommended changes to the Mental Health Act; France is considering proposals to amend Civil Code 414; Peru has abolished guardianship; the Law Commission has argued for a change to the standard of ‘fitness to plead’ in criminal contexts; and the Editorial of the February issue of World Psychiatry proposes that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) be amended. We will be examining these proposed policy changes, as well as their implications for frontline professionals. At the same time, we will be exploring the complex interactions between legal change, and social and clinical change. We will trace the history of key legal concepts such as those of ‘capacity’ and ‘fitness to plead’, and will be asking whether these more recent policy changes reflect, not an incremental development, but a ‘paradigm shift’: a radical change in the conceptual framework that underpins our thinking about mental health, mental capacity, and vulnerability in a human rights context.
Why attend the Essex Autonomy Project Summer School?
A particular strength of our Summer School is its dual theoretical and practical focus. Associated with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, we are at the forefront of providing a robust research basis for the movement to promote the autonomy of vulnerable persons. Our Summer Schools have been providing training and a debate platform for professionals and academics involved in mental health work since 2010. Professor Wayne Martin and his team have experience providing training to judges, mental health workers and civil servants working in this area.
Wivenhoe House is a Grade II listed building and four-star hotel, located in the University of Essex’s Wivenhoe Park. There is plenty of free parking on-site, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Summer School packages include attendance at the three-day training course, course materials, lunch and refreshments. Accommodation can be arranged separately, either at the hotel itself, or a few minutes walk away on the University of Essex campus. For more information, see our accommodation page: https://autonomy.essex.ac.uk/summer-school/summer-school-accommodation/