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ATP International Psychology Teachers' Conference 2021

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the ATP

Friday 9th July - Saturday 10th July 2021 at University of Sussex

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and advice received this event has been postponed until 9th-10th July 2021.

It is with a very heavy heart that given the current situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the ATP International Psychology Teachers' Conference 2020 until 2021. Your well-being is our absolute priority. What I can promise is that next year we will celebrate like it is 2020! We will still have all the celebrations that I have been working towards, just a year later. Something to look forward to.

The ATP conference is for teachers of psychology and will offer updating sessions on psychology, presentations and workshops on teaching and learning, and opportunities to meet with exam boards representatives and to share good practice.

It is the number one CPD event for teachers of psychology in the UK.

The two-day ATP Annual conference boasts over 40 workshops to enhance your CPD on a wide range of topics from teaching and learning to current research. We offer residential and non-residential packages as well as one-day CPD events. Delegates who book the one-day package are welcome to join us for our evening wine reception, giving you invaluable time to network and socialise. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference whether you are old friends or newcomers!

Regular contributors include the national Awarding Bodies as well as numerous authors, training providers and teachers.

The conference also attracts around 30 exhibitors including publishers and other providers of teaching resources.

Keynote Speakers - more to follow!

Prof Edmund Sonuga-Barke, King’s College London
What are the implications of the English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) study for our understanding of neuro-developmental disorders?

Neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD and autism are strongly familial and heritable - with the later, in particular, being interpreted as pointing to their predominantly genetic origins. Environmental influences are at best considered to play a marginal role in moderating these influences as part of a broader pattern of gene-environment interplay. At the same time, we have recently shown that risk for neuro-developmental disorders is also substantially elevated in individuals exposed to extreme deprivation experienced in non-familial institutional settings. For instance, in the English Romanian Adoptees (ERA) study, adults exposed as young children to between 6 and 43 months of extreme deprivation in the Romanian orphanages that existed at the time of the fall of the Communist regime prior to their adoption, displayed a 7-fold elevation of risk for ADHD. An effect that is extremely hard to explain in terms genetic factors. In this talk, I will describe the ERA study, as a unique natural experiment, and review its key clinical, neuropsychological and brain imaging findings. I will explain how the study has provided new insights into early environmental influences on neuro-development and mental health – especially as these relate to neuro-development. By so doing I will raise the question of where environmentally “caused” neuro-developmental conditions fit into current conceptualisations of the condition.

The ATP Fringe - Thursday 8th July

We are very excited to announce after a very successful debut the ATP Fringe event will be running again. We were asked to organise this by delegates who were rather disappointed that we were going down to two condensed days. The Fringe event takes place on the Thursday night before conference begins. This is the day the committee traditionally gets together to set everything up for you.

So, if you are arriving on the Thursday (you can book Thursday night accommodation through the booking link below) we'll let you know the plan very soon!

Book early to avoid disappointment as Thursday night spaces are limited.
(only available in addition to the whole conference package)

In order to keep conference costs low for you, delegates are required to be members. The non-member fee provides temporary ‘membership’ status for the duration of the conference but without the advantage of receiving ATP Today magazine three times a year and/or other benefits. To sign up to be a member (and save on the conference fee), simply go to the ATP Membership page to pay via PayPal or standing order.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and advice received this event has been postponed until 9th-10th July 2021.

Registration fees can be found on the event booking page. Early Bird Registration closed at midday on Wednesday 19th February 2020.

If you have any queries please contact us via apk-oe.out@cjnsc.k.


Friday 10th July 2020

Please note this is a draft programme and subject to change

09:00Registration & refreshments
10:00Conference opens – Jubilee lecture theatre
10:30Keynote - Professor Edmund Songu-Barke - Jubilee Lecture Theatre
11:30Breakout One (choice of 7 workshops)
12:30Lunch & exhibition
13:30Breakout Two (choice of 7 workshops)
14:30Breakout Three (choice of 7 workshops)
15:30Tea/coffee break & exhibition - ATP 50th Anniversary cakes!
16:00Breakout Four (choice of 7 workshops)
18:30Getting to know you - TBC
19:15Wine reception – Bramber House
20:00Gala dinner & entertainment - Bramber House

Saturday 11th July 2020

Please note this is a draft programme and subject to change

07:30Breakfast – Bramber House dining room
07:55Morning meditation/mindfulness. Meet in the dining room
09:00Breakout Five (choice of 7 workshops)
10:00Refreshment break & exhibition
10:30Keynote TBC Jubilee Lecture Theatre
12:00Breakout Six (choice of 7 workshops)
13:00Lunch & exhibition
14:00Breakout Seven (choice of 7 workshops)
15:00Refreshments & exhibition
15:30Keynote TBC Jubilee Lecture Theatre
17:00Conference closes

Speakers and Facilitators


Edmund Sonuga-Barke PhD

Edmund Sonuga-Barke is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London. He is Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University School of Medicine, Denmark. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
His research focuses on improving the lives of children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD. To this end, his work aims to develop new therapeutic interventions by employing basic developmental science approaches to study the pathogenesis of such conditions, their underlying genetic and environmental risk and resilience sources and their mediating brain mechanisms and developmental and mental health outcomes. Since 2005 he has been PI of the English & Romanian Adoptees Study.
Prof Sonuga-Barke is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2016) and The British Academy (2018). Since 2018 he has been included in the Clarivate list of “most influential scientific minds” in Psychology/Psychiatry for the high impact of his work.

for a list of publications.