Manchester Conference 21st May, 2016

Mind the Gap: Free Psychotherapy in an Unjust World

The state of our emotional and psychological lives is as fundamental as our material standard of living – our incomes, our physical health, our working conditions, our education and housing. Yet we live in a society whose dominant political and cultural messages over-emphasize money, profit, property and consumption. At the same time, the quality of our emotional lives and relationships with our families, friends, co-workers, neighbours and wider communities is undervalued.

This conference is an opportunity to explore and develop sustainable networks of psychological support which are community led. The aim is to create a collaborative space for therapists, service users, survivors, claimants’ unions and community groups to explore our experience, our needs and desires together. We have much to learn from each other!

The day will be workshop based. Workshop themes may include: sick individual or sick society?; peer led groups – what works, what doesn’t; the experience of FPN so far – free work and working free of funding and institutional restraints; minding the gap between the ‘professional’ and the ‘client’ – exploring the power relationship between therapists and clients; building the relationship between FPN and community groups; developing FPN local groups.

For current workshop ideas, go here  Please add your suggestions and proposals in the “reply” box.

Alternatively, if you would like to suggest or run a workshop, please email:

The conference is free. All welcome. If you would like help with travel costs we may be able to help, email:

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST) – Add to Calendar
Friends Meeting House, – 6 Mount St, , Manchester M2 5NS, United Kingdom – View Map