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DECP Annual Conference 2017; Challenging Beliefs and Exposing Myths

Thursday 12th January 2017 - Friday 13th January 2017 at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

The conference explored critical and community psychology in an age of austerity, and the evidence base for recent government educational decisions, and the impact that this is having on children, families and the community, as well as the staff that work in and support schools.

Keynote Speakers

Thank you to our Keynote speakers:

  • Melissa Benn - Educationalist, Journalist and Campaigner
  • Prof Dan Goodley - Psychologist, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Halit Hulusi - Acting Principal Educational Psychologist, Birmingham City Council
  • Phil Raws - Researcher, The Children’s Society

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Last Updated 4th January 2017

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Keynote Presentations Theorising disability, humanity and the place of educational psychology
Dan Goodley, Psychologist, University of Sheffield

Stress, conformity and built in failure: Why we need a different approach to education and learning
Melissa Benn, Educationalist, Journalist and Campaigner
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Thinking about adolescent neglect
Phil Raws, Researcher, The Children’s Society

Responding to refugees and migrants. New guidance from the BPS Presidential task force
Dr Halit Hulusi, Acting Principal Educational Psychologist, Birmingham City Council

Thursday 12th January 2017


Same-Sex, Same Difference? The Experiences of Same-Sex Families in Schools
Dr Isabella McDonald
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I can change with a little help from my community!
Vanessa Wood
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Young people’s reflections on engaging with youth offending services. A psycho-social exploration
Janchai King

Coaching Psychology and the Role of the Educational Psychologist: Background, Applications, and Future Directions
Mark Adams


Building resilience in secondary school pupils with vulnerability: A little bit of positivity does you good or does it?
Dr Nick Durbin

Improving the peer relations of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools
Dr Cynthia Pinto

Thinking Your Problems Away: The impact of a multi-dimensional maths intervention to address affective, metacognitive and performance factors
Dr Nikki Collingwood
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Improving Pupil Motivation
Sue Bentham


The Rhetoric and Reality of Evidence Based Practice and Teaching Reading: How to Bridge the Curriculum Gap
Dr Jonathan Solity
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Grow Your Own Coaching Team: an Appreciative Inquiry approach
Magdalen Maguire

How co-production can become much more than a buzz word: the Rotherham Charter team moves tokenistic jargon into authentic practice
Rachel Amos, Dr Claire Whiting, Jayne Fitzgerald & Amanda Moreman

Using Metaphors to Achieve Therapeutic Change with Young People
Dave Traxson

Friday 13th January 2017


‘Another door into a new world waiting to be explored’: a psycho-social exploration of the transition experiences of young adults with autism using the Grid Elaboration Method (GEM)
Dr Jane Park

The Role of EPs in contributing to the construct of the Velcro TA narrative
Dr Joanna Vivash & Dr Gavin Morgan

“You kind of pull back the layers”: The experience of inter-professional supervision with Educational Psychologists
Dr Maria Wedlock

Implementing Three Week Instructional Unit for promoting Tolerance in Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges of Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Dr Sajida Naz


“They won’t let me back…” A Comparison of Student Perceptions across Primary and Secondary Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)
Dr Rheanne Jalali

Brief Behavioural Activation (Brief BA) in secondary schools: A pilot study
Dr Michelle Sancho, Dr Laura Pass & Prof Shirley Reynolds

How can psychology help? Finding out what support college staff need from EPs to deliver the requirements of the revised Code of Practice (2015) to post-16 Students
Dr Gay Keegan & Dr Rebecca Murphy

The efficacy of secondary attachment interventions in schools
Debra Mainwaring


An archaeology of rights: Discourse, strategies and the social regularities of children%u2019s rights in educational psychology
Laura Goodfellow

When Less is More: An Exploration of Video Interaction Guidance as an Effective Intervention for EPs
Rona Taylor
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A Whole Service Response to Supporting and Promoting Mental Well-Being
Dr Kevin Rowland, Dr Colette Soan & Dr Helen Tyson

Time for an upgrade? Using technology to support EP Practice
Alison Greenwood

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Thursday 12th January 2017

Please note, all timings are subject to change.
A more detailed programme will be added shortly.

10:00Registration and Poster Viewing
10:30Opening remarks
10:45Keynote Presentation
11:45Parallel Session
12:45Lunch and Poster Viewing & AGM
14:00Keynote Presentation
15:00Parallel Session
16:00Refreshment Break and Poster Viewing
16:30Parallel Session
17:30Conference Close
19:15Welcome to associates and new DECP members
19:45Conference Dinner

Friday 13th January 2017

Please note, all timings are subject to change.
A more detailed programme will be added shortly.

09:30Registration and Poster Viewing
10:00Parallel Session
11:00Keynote Presentation
12:00Refreshment Break and Poster Viewing
12:30Parallel Session
14:15Parallel Session
15:15Keynote Presentation (with Refreshments)
16:15Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Melissa Benn

Keynote Speaker
Melissa is a widely published author; recent books include ‘School Wars’ and ‘The Truth About Our Schools’. Her journalism has appeared in numerous newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. Melissa is a regular speaker and broadcaster. She has written and presented several Radio Four programmes, been a guest on the Today programme and Woman’s Hour. She has spoken at the Hay, Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham literary festivals and numerous seminars and conferences on education.


Dan Goodley

Keynote Speaker
Dan is a psychologist from the University of Sheffield. Dan’s interests include challenging the conditions of disablism (the social, political, cultural and psycho-emotional exclusion of people with physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairments) and ableism (the contemporary ideals on which the able citizen is based). Dan is interested in engaging with poststructuralist, social psychoanalytic and narrative accounts of exclusion and political resistance. His current research focuses on how we might understand the human in the 21st Century in a time of technological and capitalist advance.


Dr Halit Hulusi

Keynote Speaker
Halit is a Senior Educational Psychologist with Birmingham City Council. He has worked as a Professional and Academic Tutor on the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, University of Essex and external examiner for the Birmingham University Applied Educational and Psychology Doctorate. His current research interests include; counter-radicalisation and the potential role of local authority educational psychologists; psychodynamic work discussion groups for teachers; and the application of narrative approaches with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Phil Raws

Keynote Speaker
Phil Raws is a researcher for The Children’s Society, a national charity which has worked to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people for 135 years. Phil has contributed to a range of studies around ‘youth at risk’ – including young people’s experiences of being in care or leaving care, young runaways and child sexual exploitation. He has a particular interest in applying research findings to develop practice or to change policy. He is currently leading a research programme on adolescent neglect in partnership with colleagues at the University of York.

Phil will present on findings from the first study (due to be published in November 2016).


The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2HU •  Website•  Directions

A palatial and stately Victorian property, The Majestic Hotel is a Harrogate landmark, set in 8 acres of private gardens in the heart of this elegant spa town. As its name implies, The Majestic Hotel is a grand, imposing building set in extensive landscaped grounds, with an elegant façade that’s been a Harrogate landmark since Victorian times.

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