Dr. Mary Davoren | Obesity in Secure Hospital Settings: Supporting Patients, Health Promotion, and Novel Treatments

Obesity is recognized by the World Health Organisation as an international epidemic and a life-shortening condition. Patients in secure hospital are highly vulnerable to transitioning to overweight and obesity during their hospital stays. This is a cause of increased morbidity and mortality among this vulnerable patient group and one of the major challenges facing patients and clinicians alike in secure hospitals. This talk will discuss obesity as a complex medical disorder and the medical and psychosocial implications for those living with overweight and obesity. The latest evidence based treatments, both medical and non-pharmacological for the management of obesity will be presented. Future research directions in the area of obesity will be considered.

Dr Mary Davoren, MB BCh BAO, M.D. FRCPsych, is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin. She is the lead for the Dundrum Forensic Redevelopment Evaluation Study (D-FOREST). Prior to her appointment in Dundrum, Dr Davoren was a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist on Personality Disorder Pathway at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital England and High Secure Research Lead at Broadmoor. She completed her Academic Clinical Fellowship at the Violence Prevention Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London one of the member units of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and her M.D. research degree on ‘Recovery Pathways in Forensic Settings’ in Trinity College Dublin.  Dr Davoren was the recipient of the Young Scholar Award South London and Maudsley Research Day (2015), Forensic Faculty new research award (2015), Mohsin Naguib award (2013) and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland new research award (2011). She was the recipient of an EU Cooperation in Science and Technology Award (Netherlands – 2015).  She has published book chapters and research papers in the areas of prisoner healthcare needs, recovery in forensic settings and the physical health outcomes of patients in secure hospitals.  Dr Davoren sits on the Medical Council of Ireland.

Prof. Dr. med. Birgit Völlm | Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry - Striking the Balance between Control and Autonomy

Taking as starting point the principles of medical ethics according to Beauchamp & Childress, respect for autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice, this talk will explore how these principles can be applied to the field of forensic psychiatry. How can we as forensic psychiatrists accept the patient’s autonomy while at the same time being in charge of their detention? Which restrictions are strictly necessary in forensic mental health settings? Can we follow the principle of beneficence while treating patients against their will? These and many more questions often occupy the mind of forensic mental health practitioners. This talk will look at these issues through the lens of service models and practices in different countries as well as international conventions and guidelines, such as the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Birgit Völlm, PhD, MRCPsych, DiplForPsych, has been Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Director of the Hospital of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Rostock since September 2018. Before then she was Professor in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham, UK, and a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the enhanced service for personality disorders at Rampton high secure hospital.

Her main research interests include the neurobiology of personality disorders and social cognition, treatment of personality disorders, service development, comparisons between services in different countries and ethical issues in forensic-psychiatric care. Prof Völlm has held national and European grants on long-stay, the effectiveness of Individual Placement Support and on Circles of Support and Accountability. She has published nearly 150 scientific papers and book chapters.

Prof Völlm was the Chair of the Forensic Section of the European Psychiatric Association from 2012 – 2016 and has been the Chair of the Forensic Section of the World Psychiatric Association since 2020. Prof Völlm is a regular expert for the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane and Degrading Treatment (CPT).

Patrick Keating | We are Our Own Stories 

The desire to give voice to our experience is an impulse as old as time itself. Stories affirm our values, our sense of self and identity. They speak to who we are and how we see our place in the world. Storytelling teaches us understanding and empathy. It invites both speaker and listener to appreciate the circumstances behind a person’s choices and the events that have defined their life. The art of storytelling can put a more human face and voice to the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. It reinforces the fact that everyone inside is someone’s father, someone’s son, someone’s mother, someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s brother. How do we help those who wish to tell their own story? In this talk, I will share my lived experience and perspectives on the power of theatre to forge community and purpose. With scenes from the play Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir, I hope to spark questions and conversations on how storytelling can reduce stigma and dispel some of the myths that surround ‘the criminal’.

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Patrick Keating is a graduate of Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts and has been working as an actor in the Vancouver TV, Film and Theatre scene for the past thirty years. Some of the companies he has worked with include the Firehall, Neworld Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Mortal Coil, Pi Theatre, Touchstone, Headlines, I.T.P., Urban Crawl, and Main Street Theatre. He has been recognized with two Jessie Richardson Award Nominations.

Patrick served three sentences in Federal Penitentiaries in Quebec and British Columbia. When he transferred to Matsqui in B.C., Patrick took courses that were offered first through the University of Victoria and then through Simon Fraser University. One of those courses was in the art and craft of the Theatre. While at a Halfway House in Vancouver (The Robson Center), Patrick was accepted and enrolled into the Fine Arts Program at Simon Fraser. He earned a B.A. in Theatre studies, launching a career as performer that has involved close to 60 tv and film productions and over 40 stage productions.

More information can be found on his website www.patrickkeating.ca

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