Working with the capabilities and capacities of African Caribbean people for mental wellness
A masterclass with Dr Hilary Robertson-Hickling, Jamaica
Thursday 27 February 2014, 1pm – 3.45pm
In collaboration with HS Consultancy, we are holding a seminar for people working with African Caribbean communities on mental wellness. The aim of the seminar is too enable delegates to see how working to build resilience and capitalising upon the capacities and capabilities of African Caribbean people can help to improve outcomes for people stuck in the system and help prevent people at risk from developing problems that lead to mental health service use. The workshop key note speech will be developed by Dr Hilary Robertson-Hickling.
What is resilience and how does it apply to young African Caribbean men (YACM)?
Resilience is the ability of people to cope in the face of adversity, drawing on their internal strengths and those within the social systems in which they live. International studies indicate that social context of many YACM is a critical factor in the higher than average rates of admission to psychiatric hospital. One way to help reduce the number of YACM who break down and end up using psychiatric services is to build resilience in their emotional, psychological, social and economic worlds.
Who is the seminar aimed at?
- People working in YACM programmes
- NHS leads working with African Caribbean people in mental health services
- Non statutory sector providers working with African Caribbean people.
What will I get out of the seminar?
Delegates will hear concrete examples of how the optimism that the worker has about the potential for the service user to recover influenced expectations that they both had, and the progress made as a result. Delegates will hear how this translates into different forms of relationships when working with African Caribbean people with mental health problems.
About Dr Robertson Hickling
Hilary Robertson-Hickling is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management in the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies in Mona Jamaica. She teaches Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Development and Team Building and Management, and Pastoral Care and Counselling She has studied at the University of the West Indies , Johns Hopkins University USA and University of Birmingham, England and has taken her concerns about migration and mental health into her research at home in the Caribbean and into the Caribbean Diaspora. Not only has she published articles in scholarly journals and in the popular press but has published a book entitled White Squall on the Land Narratives of Resilient Caribbean People which has been recently published as an ebook by Hope Road Publishers which specialises in the work of Caribbean, African and Asian writers and is based in London.
As a member of a transnational family she has travelled extensively in North America, the UK and Europe as well having the opportunity to visit continental Africa for a variety of reasons. A concern about the social, economic and psychological wellbeing of Africans at home and abroad has led her to collaborate with her husband Frederick Hickling Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at UWI Mona in the planning of interventions and the conduct of research as well as lecture tours locally and internationally. She has worked as a management consultant and a psychologist.
45 Russell Square
Fee for the event is £20. Places may be purchased online
If you require an invoice email [email protected]
13:00 – 13:45
Registration and light refreshments
13:45 – 14:00
Welcome and Introduction (Marcel Vige, Head of Equality at Mind)
14:00 – 14:45
Key note presentation from Dr Hilary Robertson-Hickling: Resilience: Experiences supporting recovery in Jamaica and the UK
14:45 – 15:30
Q&A and plenary discussion
15:30 – 15:45
Evidence that demands a response (Hári Sewell, Director, HS Consultancy )