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City-wide Wellbeing Conference - How can we use Psychology to help with the wicked problems of Brighton & Hove?

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at Jury's Inn, Brighton Station

This event is for all Psychologists, anyone using psychological principles in their work, and everyone who believes that by using our collective experience, insight and energy we can make a real difference. It is part of series of events that started in Taunton, April 2018 when members of the BPS and the DCP came together to focus on Public Health and Social Justice.

We see the symptoms of wicked problems every day in our city with challenges that include homelessness, mental & physical health problems, and food poverty to name a few. As with all wicked problems they can be difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements, multiple stakeholders, and the interconnected nature of problems with other problems.

We will be hearing from a range of speakers, authors and practitioners who have had diverse experiences in the field of Social Change including a session on:
•Doing wellbeing differently- how psychologists have got involved with wicked social problems - Carl Walker, University of Brighton

We will also be doing real work in small groups on the day to explore options for action in areas people are most passionate about. Our belief is that the facilitation of groups coming together from across the different professional tribes will help to reduce silo-mentality and increase innovative thinking.

Our focus will be on addressing inequality, driving for progressive social change and learning from diverse sources in order to plan and take action.

Come and join us!

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Saturday 2nd March 2019

Please note this is a draft agenda

09:30Registration & Refreshments
10:00Opening session and Welcome - Richard Pemberton & Sarah Law
10:15Table work on wicked problems
10:40What does the data tell us about our city? The Strategic Needs Assessment of Brighton & Hove - Simone Button, Richard Pemberton and Sarah Law
11:15Refreshments & Networking
11:40Doing Wellbeing differently; How Psychologists have got involved with wicked social problems - Carl Walker
12:30Lunch Break
13:15Three speakers on Social Housing, Debt and Education
14:15Open space work on speaker issues or free choice by delegates
15:00Refreshments & Networking
15:20Compassion throughout the city system - Anna Kane
15:50Summary, conclusions and what comes next
16:00Conference close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Carl Walker

Dr Carl Walker is a community psychologist from the University of Brighton and course leader in the MA Community Psychology. He is on the British Psychological Society National Community Psychology section committee. Recently he co-founded the national group ‘Psychologists against Austerity’ and his recent research involves action research projects on wellbeing drawing on statactivist techniques. Carl’s main research interests include exploring the relations between debt, inequality and mental health and the use of community initiatives to work toward addressing mental health needs. He has used a range of social science methodologies to engage in collaborative, multi-stakeholder evaluations in the fields of health, mental health and wellbeing, disability, care and debt. In recent years he has established evaluation partnerships with a range of local groups including Local Authority, NHS and VCS organisations, including Community Works, MAS, The Richmond Fellowship, Amaze, Mindout and Mind in Brighton in Hove. This has involved more straightforward service evaluations as well as developing more complex, multiagency collaborative impact work.

Simone Button

Simone Button, Chief Operating Officer, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Simone has worked in a range of Director level roles within Sussex Partnership prior to being appointed to this position in March 2017. Simone trained as a general nurse at Westminster hospital and has a psychology background.
She is passionate about ensuring vulnerable people have a strong voice and we deliver services that achieve the very best outcomes.
Simone is committed to collaborative working and believes that through working together we can achieve great things.


Jurys Inn, Brighton Station

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