Dr Danny Taggart is the Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex, where he is also lead on service user and carer involvement in the School of Health and Social Care. Previously, Danny worked for ten years in Great Yarmouth where he helped establish several Community Psychology projects with local groups including the Great Yarmouth Father’s Project. In 2014 he was a founding clinical lead of a Norfolk wide Parent Infant Mental Health Service to help parents with severe and enduring mental health problems keep their families together. He continues to hold an honorary position within the service and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and is involved in several ongoing research projects looking at interventions with families at the Edge of Care, including parents who have previously had one or more children removed. His other current areas of research are the development of Trauma Informed Approaches within mental health services, mental health under conditions of austerity and the use of experiential knowledge within the service user and survivor movements. Danny has written and spoken publicly about his experiences of institutional abuse in childhood and consequential mental health problems. He has recently been appointed a Co-Chair of the Beyond Diagnosis Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology, a group of clinical psychologists and experts by experience working together to reform practice and develop different approaches to understand severe mental distress.
Sarah Carr and Danny Taggart explore the case for truth and reconciliation in psychiatry and mental health services. It’s a really thought-provoking blog that all mental health service users, survivors, refusers and professionals should read.[read the full story...]