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DECP Annual Conference

Applying Creative Psychology to education, children and young people

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Friday 9th January 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Invited keynote speakers joined us to explore our key themes: Wellbeing and Mental Health, Working with the 16+ age range, and Dyslexia (where Professor Elliott & Dr Saunders engaged in a head to head debate).

Conference Programme

We are pleased to be able to share the DECP Annual Conference programme

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Keynote Presentations:

An opportunity for growth? Supporting young people who hear voices
Rachel Waddingham

Head to head debate between Dr Kate Saunders, BDA and Professor Julian Elliot, Durham University
(30minute presentation from Kate followed by 10minute response from Julian, 30minute presentation from Julian followed by 10minute response from Kate, then open questions from the floor)

DECP Survey: Medicalization of Childhood - ADHD strand
Vivian Hill and Horatio Turner

The English education system as it is and as it might be
Professor Peter Mortimore
Unfortunately Prof Mortimore was unable to join us at the Conference but has shared his presentation

Beyond psychiatric diagnosis: critiques and alternatives
Dr Lucy Johnstone

Wednesday 7th January 2015

Presentations 15.15

Listening to Looked-After Children: Best Practice in Mental Health Provision
Dr Sidra Aslam

Exploring Resilience in Students - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Simon Cassidy

Evidence-based Key Stage 2 Literacy Project Work in Schools
Anna Lewis and Kelly-Marie Underdown

Presentations 16.15

Using applied Foucauldian psychology to distinguish between partiality, bullying and ethical leadership in order to protect the professional well-being of psychologists
Brian Apter

Risk and resilience factors in Europe. Siestas, girlfriends and families
Dr Chris Arnold

From powerless to powerful
Jacqueline Batchelor and Alison Watson

Developing the emotional resilience of 'challenge averse' children
Vanessa Wood

Thursday 8th January 2015

Presentations 10.55

What does dyslexia do for teachers?
Dr Simon Gibbs

A psychosocial study exploring the school experiences of adolescents who have self-harmed
Dr Jane Reichardt

Why Wellbeing?
Prof Sue Roffey

Presentations 11.50

Life at Residential Special School: Children's Views and Perspectives
Vivian Hill and Rhiannon Yates

Nurturing Me: An approach to gain the child%u2019s perspective on wellbeing
Maura Kearney and Paula Dudgeon

The role of the educational psychologist in further education
Laura Mennell

Are Synthetic Phonics Programmes and the Phonics Screen Major Causes of Dyslexia? - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Jonathan Solity

Presentations 16.10

Wellbeing in the Scottish Context - how Edinburgh EPS "Gets It Right" - we are currently unable to share this presentation due to technical issues and will add it when it is possible
Kathryn Davidson

The assessment of phonological awareness using PhAB2: Special Studies
Dr Simon Gibbs

Supporting children affected by the imprisonment of a family member; an overview of Birmingham%u2019s innovative champion model
Melissa Jones and Dr Heather Ball

Pastoral Adolescent Mental Health Strategy (PAMHS) for secondary schools %u2013 Introduction to a practical psychological tool
Willem van Rooyen

Presentations 17.15

Changes associated in the well-being of children aged 7-9 learning musical instruments as reported by parents and teachers.
Dawn Rose

Tanzanian teacher's constructions and perceptions of 'inclusive education' for girls and girls with disabilities and the potential for improving well-being.
Alexandra Sewell

Hidden victims of the justice and education systems: giving children of prisoners a voice
Fiona Weidberg

Friday 9th January 2015

Presentations 09.30

The 'Emotional Warmth' dimension of professional child care: empowering the carers of young people who have been rejected, neglected and abused.
Dr Sean Cameron

The Homunculi Approach: A How-to Guide for those Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Mental Health Difficulties
Dr Anne Greig
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School-based applications of mindfulness
Dr Jennifer Head and Dr Sarah Goalen

Presentations 10.25

Out of school: exploring children's experiences and adult understandings of extended non-attendance
Matt Baker

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) - Developments and Reflections
Sheila Burton

Using the Holistic Politico-Psychological Model of Mental Health 2012 as a Framework for the Psychological Formulation of Mental Distress
Dave Traxson

DECP TEP Conference

Tuesday 6th January 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

The Annual Conference was preceded on the 6th January 2015 by our Trainee Education Psychologist (TEP) Event showcasing research from current trainees and newly qualified EPs. The TEP provides an opportunity for both current trainees and new entrants to the profession to disseminate the findings from their research activity to those currently in training.

Conference Programme

We are pleased to be able to share the TEP Conference programme

Graphic live drawn to represent the content of the TEP Presentations by Julia Hayes, Inclusion Creativa

Graphic live drawn to represent the content of the TEP Presentations by Julia Hayes, Inclusion Creativa

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Presentations 10.15 - 11.15

Managing the 'chimp' in early years settings - we are unable to share this presentation
Adam Baron

Thesis Title: An exploration of identity formation in autistic adolescents, its relationship with psychological wellbeing, and the role of mainstream education provision in the identity formation process - we are unable to share this presentation
Hayley Jarrett

Hidden victims of the justice and education systems: giving children of prisoners a voice
Fiona Weidberg

Presentations 11.45 - 12.45

Friendship affects school connectedness and achievement in the first year of secondary school
Andy Keay

An investigation into the impact of an indicated CBT-based intervention on anxiety in secondary school students
Dan Lake

Talking psychology, developing and supporting through peer supervision: A TEP perspective
Frances Mills and Sarah Joanne Swift

Presentations 13.45 - 14.30

Making connections through the 'other': an exploration of mutuality between parents and teachers
Joanne Buntin

Reducing Anxiety Across Secondary Transition
Sinead Neal

A psychosocial study exploring the school experiences of adolescents who have self-harmed
Jane Reichardt

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227774.

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Julian Elliott

Keynote Speaker
Julian (Joe) Elliott is Principal of Collingwood College, Professor of Education, and Member of University Council, at Durham University.

Initially, a teacher of children with special educational needs, he then trained as an educational psychologist at Newcastle University in 1984-86 and subsequently practised in Sunderland LEA before entering higher education in 1990.

A Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he is registered to engage in clinical practice as an educational psychologist by the Health Professions Council and maintains a small clinical role in Teesside. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the U.K. Research Excellence Framework 2014 Education Panel.

His research primarily operates at the interface of educational psychology as both a discipline and a profession. Amongst a variety of editorial roles, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the DECP’s journal, Educational and Child Psychology.

He has written extensively on dyslexia with recent publications including:
Elliott, J.G. & Grigorenko, E.L. (2014). The Dyslexia Debate. New York. Cambridge University Press
Elliott, J.G. & Grigorenko, E.L. (2014). The End of Dyslexia? The Psychologist, 27(8), 576-580.

Dr Lucy Johnstone

Keynote Speaker
Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' and a forthcoming book ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of the 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years and is currently based in a service in South Wales. She is an experienced conference speaker, lecturer and trainer.

Professor Peter Mortimore

Keynote Speaker
Peter Mortimore is a chartered psychologist and a Fellow of the BPS. He started teaching in London schools in 1964. He studied at Birkbeck College, the Institute of Education – where he trained as an educational psychologist - and the Institute of Psychiatry where he completed a PhD under Professor Michael Rutter. During his career he worked as an HMI as well as being the ILEA’s Director of Research and Statistics and its Assistant Education Officer with responsibility for secondary education. He held chairs at the universities of Lancaster, London and Southern Denmark.

He was Director of the Institute of Education from 1994-2000 and President of the British Educational Research Association from 1999-2001. He has undertaken much research especially in the field of school effectiveness and has written widely on educational matters. After retiring from London University he undertook reviews of the Danish and the Norwegian education systems for the OECD and has worked with a group of Nordic education researchers. He was a monthly education columnist for the Guardian from 2006 to 2010. His latest book – ‘Education under siege: why there is a better alternative’ is published by Policy Press.

Dr Kate Saunders

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kate Saunders is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Dyslexia Association. Kate has 25+ years of experience in the field of dyslexia and special educational needs, having worked as a Senior Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia Advisory Teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, chartered psychologist and lecturer. Kate has a Ph.D. in Education. She is co-author of 'How Dyslexics Learn', published by PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLD) and co-editor of the British Dyslexia Association’s ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide’.

Rachel Waddingham

Keynote Speaker
Rai is an independent trainer/consultant with 'Behind The Label' specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggling with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and post-traumatic reactions. Between 2007 and 2015, Rachel managed the London Hearing Voices Project at Mind in Camden and developed Voice Collective (a London-wide initiative supporting children and young people who hear voices or see visions). Rai is also a trustee for the National Hearing Voices Network, and Vice Chair for ISPS UK.

Being a voice hearer herself and having spent more than 14 years in the psychiatric system, Rai is passionate about the role of self help and peer support in recovery. She recognises the value of thinking ‘outside of the box’ to enable practitioners to better support young people who are struggling with difficult experiences to live their lives.


Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

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