Françoise Davoine is a psychoanalyst, currently working mainly with patients with psychosis and trauma, and supervising trainees. She has worked for over 30 years as an analyst in public psychiatric hospitals and is also a faculty member of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, an institute of social sciences, for many years she led a weekly seminar entitled “Madness and the social link” with her late husband Jean Max Gaudillière. The seminar group focused on authors dealing directly with madness and traumas, like Wittgenstein, Cervantes, and Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. One of these publications was about the encounter of the “Theatre of the Fools” in the Renaissance era and hospitalised patients today. It became the book ” Mother Folly”, which Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam, turned into a film with Michelle Williams Gamaker: ” A long History of madness”. This film shows Françoise Davoine’s way of working with the “strangers of the city”, patients encountered on the very site of their exile, from cut out parts of History. Transference in such cases is an interference with analogous zones in the analyst’s story, and delusion a way of research for another able to connect a broken social link at the crossroad of their story of abuses and the catastrophes of history which occurred in their lineage. The outcome of a new loyalty , stemming from the pitfalls of classical psychoanalysis, puts into motion an arrested time, frozen on death areas ” whereof one cannot speak”, but does not stay silent for one shows what cannot be said , looking for an address.
Wim Veling is deputy professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen. His teaching assignment concerns Psychosis in the Social Context. He works as a psychiatrist and head of treatment for the Psychoses department at the University Center for Psychiatry at the UMCG. Wim Veling’s research focuses on causes and mechanisms of psychosis, in relation to the social context in which people live. The social context means the daily living environment, but also the geographical, socio-economic, ethnic and cultural context. Based on this research, he develops new ways of diagnostics, prevention and treatment. Wim’s earlier research showed that some population groups with a migrant background in the Netherlands have an increased risk of getting psychosis. This risk was strongly influenced by the ethnic composition of the neighbourhood in which people live, the extent to which groups experience discrimination and the way in which people deal with social exclusion. He is now working on prevention of psychosis and other psychological problems among young people, in which learning to deal with social stress plays an important role. He is also interested in examining the risk of psychosis in sexual minorities and in low- and middle-income countries. In order to better study the influence of the social context, Wim Veling introduced Virtual Reality (VR) research into psychosis in the Netherlands. He has shown that with VR it is possible to study in detail how people with suspicion and fear respond to social environments that are stressful for them, and how they behave in social interactions. He researches various VR treatments that can help people to reduce their psychological complaints and to function better socially.
Wim Veling is closely involved in the care for people with psychosis in the Netherlands. He was chairman of Network Early Psychosis and led the working group of the recently published Care Standard Psychosis.
Huub Mous is an art historian and publicist. He writes about various subjects in periodicals and museum catalogs, including De Gids, Tirade, Kunst- & Museum Journaal and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. In 2011 he published with two co-authors: Against the spirit of the times, looking back on a psychosis (Tegen de tijdsgeest, terugzien op een psychose). He philosophically analyses his psychosis from 1966 – he was aged 18 – in the light of the rapid collapse of the Catholic world view that he was so familiar with. In 2017Jihad or psychosis (Jihad of verstandsverbijstering) was published. This book focuses on the grey area that recently arose between various forms of psychotic violence and terrorist violence. All this under the influence of rapid secularisation or the rapid change of world view during adolescence. Since 2006 he has been writing a blog on his website (www.huubmous.nl) on a daily basis.
Inez Myin-Germeys trained as a psychologist and is currently professor of Psychiatry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She worked for 20 years at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where she started her research line on experience sampling methodology in the study of severe mental illness, specifically psychosis (awarded with an ERC consolidator grant). In 2015, she moved to Belgium, where she founded the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven funded by an FWO Odysseus brain gain fellowship. The Center for Contextual Psychiatry currently consists of 30 researchers and focuses on the interaction between the person and the environment in the development of psychopathology. Main research lines include 1) the phenomenology of severe mental illness, 2) psychological processes related to the development of psychopathology in adolescence, 3) statistical and methodological developments in experience sampling research, and 4) the development of ecological momentary interventions. Inez Myin-Germeys has published over 300 papers and has supervised over 30 PhD projects.
Marcus Evans qualified as a registered mental nurse in 1983. He then ran a day hospital and a liaison & parasuicide service in Kings College hospital. Marcus worked as a clinical nurse specialist at the Maudsley, while undertaking a psychotherapy training at the Tavistock clinic and subsequently qualifying as a psychoanalyst. He was a consultant psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he was also Head of Nursing between 1996-2017 and Associate Clinical Director from 2011-15. He was a member of the Fitzjohn’s unit and has given outreach courses to frontline staff in Mental Health Trusts over many years. His book, Making Room for Madness in Mental Health: the psychoanalytic understanding of psychotic communications was published by Karnac in 2016.