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Faculty of Addictions AGM and CPD Event: ‘Standing up to Addiction: Turning Disempowerment into Empowerment’

Friday 25th November 2016 at Fazeley Studios, Birmingham

Addictive behaviours are not restricted to use of substances and occur within a social and political context where contributing factors and consequences are far reaching. The Faculty of Addiction welcomes the renowned researcher and writer, Jim Orford, to lead a discussion which will prove relevant to clinical, community and social psychologists amongst others. The presentation will explore how friends, colleagues and family members of those in addiction can stand up to addiction. This can relate to early intervention and prevention and also, in a wider sense, challenging aspects of policy which may not be conducive to recovery from addiction. As an extension of this social action, Jim Orford also encourages us to explore our roles and purposes as psychologists and workers in health and social care settings. We will consider a transformative approach that takes us out of the clinic and into the social and political structures we live in. Supporting those who challenge and perhaps ourselves becoming part of the challenge could entail our re appraisal of how best to achieve those objectives we set for ourselves as professionals and human beings.

We are hosting this event in order to raise awareness and thought-provoking discussion of the role of clinical and community psychology in our social structures and systems. As addictive behaviours exist in a variety of contexts, we welcome people from other faculties of the DCP who will be working with those affected either directly or indirectly by addiction.

The discussion following the presentation will be particularly interesting if we have a variety of people attending – clinical and community psychologists at assistant, trainee or qualified practitioner level, non-psychologist practitioners in health and social care services, service users o ex-service users and family members. We would also welcome those involved in policy making in the addictions field and those who commission addictions services.

Keynote Speaker - Jim Orford

Jim Orford's Keynote Presentation, ‘Standing up to Addiction: Turning Disempowerment into Empowerment’, can be downloaded here.

Abstract Submissions

Submissions are now closed for the FOA AGM and CPD Event 2016. The deadline for submissions was 23:59 on Friday 28th October 2016.

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


Friday 25th November 2016

Please note this is a provisional agenda and subject to change.

10:00Coffee and Registration
10:30Faculty of Addictions AGM
11:00Speaker - Lucy Rocca, ‘Soberistas’
12:00Poetry Reading - Heather Still
12:30Poster - Lorna Templeton, Working With Those Bereaved by Substance Use
12:30Poster - Tamara Wilson-Morrison, 5 Step Intervention in a Third Sector Organisation
12:30Poster - Emma Sevoir, Older Adult Research
12:30Lunch & Poster Presentations
12:30Poster - Sophia Chambers, • Online mutual aid for problematic alcohol use: A qualitative study of the 'Soberistas' peer support network
13:30Speaker - Jim Orford, Standing up to Addiction: From Disempowerment to Empowerment
15:00Tea/Coffee Break
15:15Discussion with speakers
16:00Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Lucy Rocca

Lucy was a heavy and regular binge drinker for her entire adult life up until the age of 35. Disguising an ever-growing dependency within the realms of acceptable social drinking norms, she did not consider her problem to extend to one of being ‘an alcoholic’ but knew, nonetheless, that she was not in control of alcohol. After a particularly heavy binge that landed her in hospital she decided to quit drinking altogether, and went on to found in November 2012 – a social network website aimed at women with alcohol dependency issues. In the last four years Lucy has written five books on the subject of alcohol dependency, and now works full time as editor and director of Soberistas.

She lives in Sheffield with her two daughters, and is a keen runner. She has been a happy Soberista for over five years.

Emma Seviour

Emma Seviour, a student studying for her MSc in health psychology came on placement at Turning Point for the summer months. She was interested in older adults and the the effectiveness of the current substance misuse treatment for this age group. Emma conducted the research for Turning Point, using our clients over 60 years old, to explore their individual experiences of treatment within the service. She is going to be presenting the research and it's findings at the British Psychological Society conference - Standing up to Addiction: Disempowerment into Empowerment.


Fazeley Studios

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Additional Information

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PDFJim Orford - Standing up to Addiction