Join us on World Mental Health Day for this special event hosted by the RSA Performing Arts Network where we will be screening a short documentary about The Alchemy Project.
The Alchemy Project offers a radical dance-led intervention model that provides transformational opportunities for young adults accessing Early Intervention in Psychosis services. The dance-led intervention has to date delivered clinically significant results in the wellbeing of participant. The intervention acts as a powerful catalyst for the recovery of mental health service users.
This event will be an opportunity to view the documentary with other Fellows, take part in a Q&A with Dr Lauren Gavaghan (ST5 Psychiatrist South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), who is one of the projects ambassadors, and Dr Matthew Taylor.
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Location: The Romney Room, The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
About the Speakers
Dr Matthew Taylor
Dr Taylor is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at King's College London, and Associate Clinical Director for the Early Intervention pathway at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust where he works as a consultant psychiatrist.
Carly Annable-Coop - The Alchemy Project - Project Director
Carly is The Project Director of The Alchemy Project and is a Dance Artist with over 20 years experience of leading participatory dance projects that engage professionals, non-professionals and marginalised groups. Organisations she has worked with include Dance 4, Sadler’s Wells and Dance United. Whilst with Dance United between 2005 and 2014 Carly delivered over 35 projects, contributed to 10 pieces of new choreography and contributed to the training and mentoring of new dance artists. During this time she played a pivotal role in developing a unique dance methodology for engaging young people at risk; she then went on to refine this methodology for a pilot intervention for Young Adults accessing Early Intervention in Psychosis Services. In 2015 Carly was closely involved in establishing The Alchemy Project to carry on this pioneering dance work in the mental health sector.
Dr Lauren Gavaghan
Dr Lauren Gavaghan is a Senior (ST6) Registrar in Psychiatry, and has just accepted a Consultant post in Eating Disorders, beginning 2017. She is passionate about dance and movement and acts as a keen advocate for The Alchemy Project, a dance intervention pioneered and piloted with young people in Early Intervention in Psychosis teams. She has become increasingly fascinated by the therapeutic potential of dance and is keen to get The Alchemy Project commissioned as a key component of the recovery model in mental health services.
Lauren is currently a participant in Open Dialogue training and is interested in a systemic approach to the treatment of mental illness. She has an interest in early intervention work- in eating disorders and also psychosis, and maintains an interest in global mental health, having worked in capacity-building roles in Africa.
She is part of 'Re-Create Psychiatry' – a collaboration between service users and doctors/healthcare professionals, as part of the Dragon Cafe's Mental Fight Club, and is enthusiastic about changes in perspective this brings about.
An active campaigner against Government changes to Junior Doctor contracts, she has also spearheaded the #WearYourNHS campaign.
About the network
The RSA Performing Arts Network is for the widest range of performing arts professionals in the RSA - those working in drama, dance, music, live art, opera, circus, and more. The aim is to consider the current role of the performing arts in the RSA, how we can contribute to there being more, and how we can increase awareness of the many ways in which work in the performing arts sector dovetails with the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action. Meetings of the network have considered such topics as Verbatim Theatre projects, drama in schools, commissioning in the health sector, and community focus and funding. We believe that the performing arts sector is not just about entertainment: it empowers audiences with knowledge and new perceptions, and many practitioners’ work ties in closely with the ambitions of the Power to Create.
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Dr Matthew Taylor
I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer at King's College London, and Associate Clin
Director for the Early Intervention pathway at South London and Maud
Foundation Trust where I work as a consultant psychiatrist.