In this workshop Linda Gask will explore what it means to experience to your own mental health problems when you are working as a therapist. How do we manage our ‘selves’ when working with the problems of others? What are the potential risks to the work we are doing with clients and patients and how do we mitigate these? What are the potential benefits, if any? When and how should we seek help? What should we reveal to clients and colleagues?
We will work together as a large group, and in smaller breakout groups for part of the time, sharing our own experiences, and drawing broader lessons about ways of coping with our own difficulties whilst at the same time trying to help others.
Linda Gask is Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and a retired consultant psychiatrist. She has worked extensively across the field of mental health, from psychological therapy and addiction services to general psychiatry, latterly supervising in an IAPT service and setting up a bereavement support team, whilst continuing to experience episodes of depression throughout her working life. She is now retired and has written two memoirs about her life and work, The Other Side of Silence and Finding True North and co-authored two editions of both Primary Care Mental Health (Cambridge) and Medical and Psychiatric Issue for Counsellors (Sage). She now lives in Orkney where she Chairs a voluntary organisation that provides mental health care.