The February members’ meeting took place in the Samuel Irwin lecture theatre on February 20. The guest speakers were clinical psychologists Dr Melanie Wolfenden and Dr Chris Tennyson. Melanie deals with adults and Chris works with children. After an introduction by the chairman prepared questions were asked by Donald to our guests. When they gave their answers members had the opportunity to ask their own questions.
The thought that they had given to the questions, plus the clarity and detail with which they answered them, helped generate some very worthwhile discussion. Both speakers emphasised the positive impact of strong mental attitudes in healing without ever downplaying the difficulties that patients encounter, particularly transplanted patients. The blend of theory, research evidence and real life stories in their responses did much to ensure a very interesting and encouraging evening. The extent of the audience participation was testament to that.