These podcasts are similar to those on the RCPsych website, but have been recorded specifically for CPD Online. Access to the recordings is free, but you need to be a CPD Online subscriber in order to take the test at the end and gain CPD certification. Please note that the views of the interviewees are not necessarily those of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Self-harm in adolescents
Adolescents who self-harm represent a significant challenge to professionals, with around 1 in 10 young people thought to be engaging in self-harming behaviour. As self-harm is not a diagnosis in itself, to be effective the doctor is required to conduct a thorough assessment and to formulate a psychosocial management plan that will include the mitigation of risk. In this podcast, Dr Alison Wood, Dr Gemma Trainor and Dr Justine Rothwell talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about the ways to approach the assessment and treatment of young people who self-harm.
The impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health
The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on global mental health is widely acknowledged, and women in the perinatal period may be particularly vulnerable to related mental health problems. In this podcast, Dr Liz Rose and Dr Mano Manoharan talk to CPDO Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about the effect the pandemic has had on the mental health of this group, highlighting recent case examples from a busy and diverse perinatal psychiatry service.
What is life? Bridging the disciplines to solve unanswered questions
For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of the fundamental question: ‘what is life?’ Even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it, and huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So, can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud discusses these thought-provoking questions with renowned physicist Professor Paul Davies – author of the 2019 book ‘The Demon in the Machine’.
Are you ignorant about the pandemic?
In this podcast, Professor Renata Salecl discusses her new book, 'A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why', with Dr Raj Persaud, examining the human tendency to ignore what is inconvenient or traumatic. They also consider the relationship between ignorance and psychotherapy, and question whether ignorance is in fact the central problem at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lost in thought: can intellect save you in a pandemic?
What does it really mean to be an intellectual? Does it have anything to do with academia, or can anyone become an intellectual through inquisition and deep thinking? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Zena Hitz about her 2020 book ‘Lost in Thought’, in which she argues that ‘learning for its own sake’ is a key ingredient of human happiness, vital for the circumstances we currently live in.
How to think like Shakespeare: lessons from a Renaissance education
As learning amidst the pandemic turns increasingly to online formats, many may be considering exactly what it is that makes education successful. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud speaks to Professor Scott Newstok about his 2020 book, How to Think like Shakespeare – an enlightening guide to the craft of thought which demonstrates what’s been lost in education today and how we might begin to recover it. Drawing from the works of Shakespeare and other writers past and present, Professor Newstok examines the educational philosophies that shaped these great minds, and how we could benefit from applying these to our own modern-day learning.
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