Prof. Brendan Kelly to speak at MTAI AGM

MTAI AGM will be held in Cork on Saturday April 4th, 2020.

MTAI 2020 AGM will be opened by Professor Brendan Kelly at The Imperial Hotel, Cork on Saturday April 4th.

Soup and sandwiches will be available at 12.30, and this will be followed by Professor Kelly’s talk on the relationship between mindfulness practices and psychological therapies, mental illness and the like.

The AGM will be finished by 4.30pm and this meeting is covered by your membership fee.

Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, and author of Mental Health in Ireland: The Complete Guide for Patients, Families, Health Care Professionals and Everyone Who Wants to be Well.  Author and co-authored of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 400 non-peer-reviewed publications, his research interests include the epidemiology of psychosis, mental health services, the history of psychiatry, and human rights in mental health.

“There is a tendency to conflate general good living (running, broccoli, mindfulness) with psychological therapy.  Indeed, some people believe Buddhism is a psychological therapy.  And, in a sense, all of these things are good psychological therapy, but we must not place undue burdens or expectations on them; they are powerful but not all-powerful techniques for wellness.  I’m interested in that borderline, and that practitioners of mindfulness are confident in the navigating that borderline in a positive, helpful and confident way.”