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March 2016

Dear FPN Colleagues,

Here's the latest news from the Network. There's quite a bit of it, so I thought I'd start with a summary of items.

Our Manchester conference currently has 130 people registered to attend. There is work to do!
• We are organising a fundraiser for the conference to help people with travel expenses.
Isobel Urquhart has done a questionnaire about people who come to us for therapy through FPN
• Do you want to be on the list of people offering free supervision to FPN therapists?
• Reports from local groups
• News from elsewhere.

• Manchester conference 21 May 2016 - "Mind the Gap: Free Psychotherapy in an Unjust World"

Since launching the Eventbrite invitation to the conference three weeks ago, 130 people have registered for the conference. Great!

The Eventbrite link is

If you have not already registered and want to come, please do it soon. And please circulate the event and this link on your networks. The venue can accommodate at least 200. About a quarter who register won't come on the day. So we can probably book up to 250 places.

The next FPN organising meeting is in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 9th April 11-1 at Studio 5, Floor 4, 138-148 Cambridge Heath Road, London E1 5QJ (Paul Atkinson 07951158508).

We will be mainly talking about the conference. We have had a number of workshop offers, and we are opening a workshop page on the website to allow everyone to see what's been offered, and to make suggestions of their own - see the page here

If you want to be involved in helping organise the day, please come to the meeting on 9th April.

• Conference Fundraiser Event - London, 23 April

Andy Metcalf and his partner, Nina, are hosting the fundraiser. Here's his invitation:

"Please do come to our Mexican Party night on Saturday evening April 23rd .  It’s a benefit event for Free Psychotherapy Network. 
There will be plenty of good food, Nina’s great tortillas, chili burritos, rice, cakes, the whole works. Plus a Tequilla pay bar. Or you can bring your own bottle and we will have a lot of fun. 
There are only 60 tickets. There are still some early bird tickets at £8 available.  When they go, it’s  £10 a head. You can buy tickets at this link:
All the information is there. Feel free to invite some friends too.  We are looking forward to seeing you all at our home,"

We hope to see some of you there, but please extend the invitation to friends and colleagues who might want to support us - and meet some of us.
• Referral Questionnaire

Isobel has prepared a survey, asking for anonymised information from FPN therapists about people who have come to us through the network. Some of us have done the survey already as a pilot. It would be great if everyone else could now. It would be good to have a general idea of who we are seeing for therapy to take with us to the Manchester conference. Click on the link below to do the survey. Get in touch if you have any problems and/or comments.


• Supervisor List

The number people wanting to offer free supervision to FPN therapists is growing, and we will be putting a 'directory' on the website soon. If you would like to offer free supervision, please contact Paul Gordon -

• Local groups

A group of six or so therapists met in Bristol on 19th March, to discuss the possibility of an FPN group. More developments to come.

A meeting on the south coast is being discussed. More news later.

• Happenings elsewhere

• Several of us were at the Bermondsey conference on welfare reforms and mental health on 5th March. It was a fantastically successful event, and all kinds of campaigning developments are likely to flow from it involving service user/survivors, psy professionals and academics working together. If you weren't there and want to be it's mailing list let me (Paul A) know. There are reports and a video coming out shortly.

• Open letter from 17 mental health activist, psy professional, claimant and unemployed organisations to the major psy professional bodies on their collusion with DWP welfare to work policies. This has come out of the Bermondsey conference. Take a look here.

• May 11th London: Peter Beresford "All Our Welfare" book launch. with debate on the crisis in our welfare state.
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