The Philosophy Special Interest Group would like to invite you to its 2022 conference titled Biopsychosocial model revisited: myth and reality. The conference will take place in-person and online on Tuesday 13 December 2022. We want this to be an opportunity to return to in-person events but also allow for the wider reach that technology offers.

Years of research led to an increased emphasis on the role of social determinants for common mental disorders during the life-course of an individual. Philosophers and psychiatrists have regained interest in the biopsychosocial model, and we have seen the publication of a series of books and articles, offering fresh perspectives and proposals to overcome the criticisms it attracted in the past. Psychiatrists working within mental health systems operate predominantly in multidisciplinary environments, providing clinical and often organisational leadership. The increased complexity and uncertainty of everyday practice provides a variety of challenges from a clinical, research, and educational perspective that will shape the development of a psychiatrist’s professional identity.

We really hope that you decide to join us for this event either in person or online. The return to in-person meetings is important, since philosophy is a discipline that thrives when it offers a space for dialogue and reflection. Your support will encourage us to organise similar events in the future.

The International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry (INPP) and the World Psychiatric Association Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry (WPA SPHP) are academic sponsors for the conference.