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DECP Annual Conference 2016

Towards an inclusive psychology – do labels and diagnoses help or hinder?

Wednesday 6th January - Friday 8th January 2016 at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

The issue of labelling difficulties in the profession of Educational Psychology is controversial and contentious. During the development of the practice of Educational Psychology, the provision of education for children with additional needs was based on a medical model of defects, focusing on difference rather than normality, illness rather than well-being, and on the problem with the child, and the emphasis on deficit rather than potential. More recently, there has been a focus on inclusive practice, although the impact of austerity and local and national governmental policy changes has led to several challenges to this.

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Keynote presentations

Prof Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and BPS President Elect

Prof Sami Timimi, Author and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Dawn Harper, GP and presenter of C4's Embarrassing Bodies and Dr Ravi Jayaram, Consultant Paediatrician

Andre Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education

Sarah Wild, Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange

Workshops and Parallel Sessions: Wednesday 6th January 2016

We Know That Inclusion Works
Keith Venables

The use of technical terms in exemplar EP reports and factors affecting trainee teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers%u2019 (NQTs%u2019) access of the language used
Dr Alicia Crane

Exploring the theoretical application of Epistemological Oppression to the psychological assessment of Special Educational Needs in order to develop emerging concerns and practical implications for anti-oppressive practice
Alexandra Sewell

EPs and labels: lessons from the dyslexia debate
Dr James Gillum

Labels of SEN: Perceptions and Experiences of Young People with a classification of BESD
Dr Emma Sheffield

Gender differences in the social motivation and friendship experiences of adolescent with and without autism
Felicity Sedgewick

An educational bio-psycho-social model; what it can offer educational and child psychologists’ practice
Prof Brahm Norwich

The Nurtured Heart Approach: A Pilot Case Study
Dr Juliet Whitehead, Dr James Gillum and Dr Marie Fitzer

Thursday 7th January 2016

Don't write me off just yet! Using Motivational Interviewing as a tool for engaging young people and adults in education contexts.
Vanessa Wood and Elizabeth Lynas

'Towards a Nurturing City' Glasgow Psychological Service (GPS): a systemic approach to bring about early, resilience-based inter-agency work in a large city context
Imogen Wootton and Jane Evans

Exploring inclusive teaching through dialogue between pupils with Special Educational Needs and their teachers: sharing perspectives, enhancing practice.
Dr Hester Riviere

Antidotes to labelling
Dr Phil Stringer, Dr Jane Williams, Dr Jessamine Chiappella, Dr Rachael Green

Effects of achievement goals and confidence on attention and affective responses in an education setting
Dr Luke Sage

'I'm a student, in a wheelchair'
Dr Gay Keegan

Helping secondary school teachers to strengthen relationships with students
Dr William Bulman

"We know what bullying really is": teacher construction of the label
Alexandra Boys

Child language brokering in school: whose interests does it serve?
Dr Tony Cline

Reinforce, Reframe or Remove: What should EPs do with psychiatric labels?
Dr Klair Norman

16 - 25 literacy assessment, labels and the law
Dr Christopher Arnold

Looking Beyond the diagnosis: "ADHD and me
Dr Alexandra Trevis

Friday 8th January 2016

Using SCERTS Principles to Understand and Support Young Children with Autism
Dr Geoffrey Morgan

Using the Holistic Politico-Psychological (HPP) Model to Challenge subjective diagnoses and reductionist medical orthodoxies.
Dave Traxson

Preparing for adulthood - the potential impact and influence of labels and diagnoses on young people as they become young adults
Dr Harriet Martin and Kerry Rees

Phobic, fearful or refusing? Exploring adult constructions of children%u2019s extended non-attendance and their impact on the child's lifeworld.
Dr Matt Baker

Pass the Parcel". Are managed moves an effective intervention? Is there a role for Educational Psychologists in facilitating the process?
Dr Christopher Bagley

Labels are for things, not for Kids - Coaching Children to Enable their Labels
Zelna Lauwrens

A pilot comparison of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder performance during a standard false-belief task and a false-belief task adapted to their strengths, interests and areas of support
Abigail Tee

The discrepancy between idealised and actualised provision: Is provision for children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) a mirage or oasis?
Joanna Vivash

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and will be addressing the main theme of the conference. Peter is the author of many articles and research papers, most recently the high profile book: 'A prescription for Psychiatry, why we need a whole new approach to mental health and well-being.'
  • Head to head debate on the value and utility of the label of Autism between Professor Liz Pellicano (Developmental Cognitive Scientist) and Professor Sami Timimi (Author and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
  • Dr Dawn Harper (GP and presenter of C4's Embarrassing Bodies) and Dr Ravi Jayaram (Consultant Paediatrician) will talk about their experiences making the programme 'Born Naughty' and in an open seminar discuss the role which the media plays in bringing complex needs of childhood to a wider audience
  • Sarah Wild, Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange will discuss the making of the documentary 'Girls with Autism', accompanied by some of her pupils
  • Andre Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education will address the conference on the progress of the government's SEN reforms and the role that Educational Psychologists are playing within it.

Please click here to view the conference programme

DECP TEP Conference 2016

The DECP Annual Conference 2016 is preceded on Tuesday 5th January 2016 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. You can register for the Trainee Education Psychologist (TEP) Event here.


Submissions were accepted for this Conference until 23:59 Sunday 1st November 2015. Thank you to everyone who made a submission, all submitters will be contacted as soon as possible following review.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227774.

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Dawn Harper

Keynote Speaker
Dr Dawn works as an NHS doctor at a surgery in Stroud. She has been working as a media doctor for over ten years and her ability to simplify complex medical issues has made her an extremely sought after medical commentator and expert.

Dawn is best known as one of the presenters on Channel 4’s hit series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘Embarrasing Bodies: Live From The Clinic’. ‘Embarassing Bodies’ ran for seven hugely successful series and spin offs included ‘Embarrasing Fat Bodies’ and ‘Embarrasing Teen Bodies’. Her latest series called 'Born Naughty?' was shown in June on Channel 4 and saw Dawn help children with serious behavioural problems. The first episode was one of Channel 4’s highest rating shows in 2015.

Dawn is one of the GPs on ITV1’s ‘This Morning’ and is the resident GP on the health show on ‘LBC’ radio. A series of five ‘Dr Dawn’s Guide To ...’ books including heart health and weight and diabetes have just been published by Sheldon Press with five more for early 2016. Dawn also writes for a variety of publications including ‘Healthspan’, ‘Healthy Food Guide’ and ‘NetDoctor’.

Dawn is an excellent public speaker and is often booked to give key note presentations at conferences on a range of medical topics. She also regularly fronts medical corporate videos and is involved with health related PR activities and campaigns involving radio days and press briefings.


Dr Ravi Jayaram

Keynote Speaker
Dr Ravi Jayaram is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Countess of Chester Hospital. He co-presents Channel 4's series Born Naughty? and appeared on ITV's This Morning discussing issues raised in the programme and answering viewers questions in a phone-in. Dr Ravi also recently presented a film for the One Show on BBC1 on NHS staffing issues.

Having now worked in the NHS for over ten years, Ravi did his undergraduate training in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and trained in paediatrics in the north-east of England, Bristol, New South Wales and London. He deals with many aspects of child health but has a particular interest in asthma, cystic fibrosis and other childhood lung disorders as well as in behavioural paediatrics, medical education and care of critically ill children. He has been head of the paediatric department in his hospital for 6 years and so has been very involved in medical management and has extensive insight into broader issues around delivery of healthcare and the ever-changing structure of the NHS.

He has also been a contributor to the mid-morning show on the BBC Asian Network as a child health "guru".

In his spare time, he does triathlons, sings with a band and is a member of The Weakest Link winners club.

Professor Peter Kinderman

Keynote Speaker
Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, with over 220 academic staff (32 of them professors) comprising psychiatrists, general practitioners, clinical and other applied psychologists, sociologists, public health physicians, nurses, sociologists and academics. He is also an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust.

His research activity and clinical work concentrates on serious and enduring mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorder, and on how psychological science can assist public policy in health and social care. Professor Kinderman has an honorary position as Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust.

He is currently a member of the Office for National Statistics’ Technical Advisory Group for the Measuring National Well-being Programme, and served twice as Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. Professor Kinderman was formerly a member of the Department of Health’s Mental Health Advisory Board, served as a member of the Health Professions Council’s Professional Liaison Group for applied psychology and sat on the Advisory Panel of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. He was also a consultant to the BBC Headroom campaign and has contributed to several broadcasts in the field of mental health, most notably hosting a two-ep

Professor Liz Pellicano

Keynote Speaker
Professor Liz Pellicano is a developmental cognitive scientist, educational psychologist & the director of the Centre for Research in Autism & Education at UCL Institute of Education. Liz is committed to understanding the distinctive opportunities & challenges faced by autistic children, young people & adults & tracing their impact on everyday life - at home, at school & out-and-about in the community.

Liz conducts ground-breaking research that has continually received international renown & has been recognised by numerous research bodies for its importance & scientific rigour. She was awarded a 2015 Philip Leverhulme award which recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose future career is exceptionally promising.

As well as making significant contribution to the scientific understanding of autism, Liz has continually championed the inclusion of autistic people’s voices in every aspect of autism research & passionately driven improvements in the public understanding of autism.

She is also dedicated both to ensuring that the outcomes of her research are as influential as possible in education policy-making & are disseminated effectively to those the findings are most important to - the wider autism community.

Liz continues to re-shape the future of autism research in the UK & beyond, working tirelessly to redress the balance between the research that is being done today & the research autistic people & their families want to see being done.

Professor Sami Timimi

Keynote Speaker
Sami Timimi is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry and Mental Health Improvement at the University of Lincoln, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to mental health and childhood and has published over a hundred articles and tens of chapters on many subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored 4 books including Naughty Boys: Anti-Social Behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture, co-edited 3 books including, with Carl Cohen, Libratory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics and Mental Health, and co-authored 2 others including, with Neil Gardiner and Brian McCabe, The Myth of Autism: Medicalising Men’s and Boys’ Social and Emotional Competence.

Sarah Wild

Keynote Speaker
Sarah Wild is the Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange School in Surrey, state funded residential special school for girls with communication and interaction difficulties, including autism. She is am interested in how autism impacts on, and manifests in girls and women, and in raising awareness of how autism in girls can present differently to autism in boys; this is the reason why she made an ITV documentary called “Girls with Autism.” (July 2015). The students of Limspfield Grange have also written a novel with author Vicky Martin called “M is for Autism” about their experiences of being autistic teenage girls. She is passionate about promoting and sustaining positive mental health and resilience in young people with special needs through education. She said "I have the privilege of being a Headteacher who works with a school full of curious, kind, compassionate teenage girls who will one day change the way we see the world; and a reflective and energetic staff team who have the capacity to teach me new things every day."

Sarah and some of the pupils from Limpsfield Grange will be presenting on how Autism manifests in girls, and how to support their development.


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