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DECP Annual Conference 2018: Education and Well-Being – The Well-being of Education?

Thursday 11th January - Friday 12th January 2018 at Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

The 2018 conference addressed issues focusing on developing sense of well-being and belonging in our schools, and how schools and participating in education can support or affect the mental health of all children, and the staff that work in and support our schools.

Keynote Speakers

We were pleased to welcome our Keynote Speakers;

The conference also featured a Head to Head Debate with Melissa Benn and Sebastian O’Kelly

DECP Conference Programme

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Last Update: 11.30 8th January 2018

Presentation Downloads

Thursday 11th January 2018

Keynote Presentations

A call to action for Educational Psychologists: Social justice, ‘austerity’ and well-being
Dr Laura Winter

Keynote Presentation: What can policy makers do to contribute to an education system that places greater emphasis on well-being?
The Rt Hon. the Baroness Morris of Yardley
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Parallel Session 11.45 - 12.45

Immoral Education: The assault on teachers; identity, autonomy and efficacy
Dr Simon Gibbs

Mindfulness, educational psychologists and whole school wellbeing
Dr Bernadette Carelse
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Your Opinion Matters: Children and young people’s perceptions of Inclusion and Belonging in one London Borough
Dr Tara Midgen, Theodora Theodoratou, Kirsty Newbury & Matthew Leonard

Parallel Session 15.00 - 16.00

Student-led, whole school mental health initiatives: an example from practice
Dr Catharine Atkinson

Not in Education, Employment or Training: The educational life history of a young person in West Sussex
Dr Cate Mullen

Symposium: Flying above the radar: how educational psychologists can promote mental health and well-being in schools
Convenors: Dr Susan Birch & Dr Phil Stringer
Contributors: Dr Kirsty Quinn, Dr Eileen Devitt, Dr Antonia Cobbald & Dr Órlaith Griffin

The contribution of Educational Psychology to a Strategic Secondary Education Providers joint strategic planning for Staff and Student Wellbeing
Vanessa Wood
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Parallel Session 16.30 - 17.30

Embedding change practices through training: A review of emotion coaching training in a primary school setting
Kirsten Krawczyk

Transition to school following an Acquired Brain Injury: Promoting psychological wellbeing, a systemic approach
Dr Gemma Costello

Developing restorative relationships: A whole-school approach to support wellbeing and belonging
Graeme McLeary

Friday 12th January 2018

Keynote Presentations

A manifesto for psychological health and wellbeing... implications for children and young people
Prof Peter Kinderman

Head to Head Debate
Melissa Benn & Sebastian O’Kelly
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The mental health of school-aged children: Insights from longitudinal studies
Dr Praveetha Patalay
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Parallel Session 10.15 - 11.15

Can school lessons, which were designed to incorporate psychological theories and therapeutic approaches, improve the mental health and/or emotional intelligence of students affected by armed conflict
Stevan Radoja
Session Cancelled

‘I describe it as being lost in the wrong womb’ (Young Person, The Adoptables, Coram BAAF): Supporting children who are adopted, in education
Laura Dawson

Mapping, modelling and metaphors to therapeutically explore a young person’s place in the world and explore their psychological wellbeing
David Traxson
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Parallel Session 13.15 - 14.15

Mind your language: Considering the language we use when we write about children
Dr Joanna Stanbridge & Emma Mercer

Motivational Interviewing: practice development through concept mapping
Dr Cathy Atkinson

Understanding and Supporting Teachers’ Wellbeing: Reflections from Three Research Projects and our Practice
Dr Rebecca Wright, Dr Ben Greenfield & Dr Daniel Small

Parallel Session 14.45 - 15.45

People will forget what you said...": promoting EP services in a traded context
Dr Dan O'Hare

Developing aspirations to inform interventions and support attendance and motivation
Dr Tracy Laverick

A Grounded Theory Study of Primary Teachers’ Experiences of Teaching Pupils with Selective Mutism
Dr Claire Williams
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Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Peter Kinderman

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and former President of the British Psychological Society.

His research interests are in psychological processes underpinning wellbeing and mental health. He has published widely on the role of psychological factors as mediators between biological, social and circumstantial factors in mental health and wellbeing, and has received significant research grant funding – most recently from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to lead a three-year evidence synthesis programme for the ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’, exploring the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving community wellbeing and from the National Institute for Health Research to investigate the effectiveness of human rights training in dementia care. His most recent book, ‘A Prescription for Psychiatry’, presents his vision for the future of mental health services.


Baroness Estelle Morris

Keynote Speaker
Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multi-racial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992, she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport and left Parliament in 2005.

Since then she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts as well as being a member of the House of Lords. She is Chair of the Council at Goldsmiths and a trustee of the Poetry Archive.

Estelle’s roles in education have allowed her to see the education landscape from classroom teacher to senior policy maker and it is this breadth of experience that is now reflected in her comments and analysis of education. Amongst other posts she now works at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based. She is also chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership.

Dr Praveetha Patalay

Praveetha is Lecturer in Population Mental Health and Child Development at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests primarily fall in the areas of developmental psychology and epidemiology with a focus on mental health. She uses large national studies, including the British Birth Cohorts, to investigate the development, risk/protective factors and consequences of mental ill-health. She also works on evaluations of school based intervention programmes to support student mental health.

Dr Laura Anne Winter

Keynote Speaker
Dr Laura Anne Winter, CPsychol, is a Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling) based at the University of Manchester. She has recently co-edited the 4th Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy with Professor Colin Feltham and Dr Terry Hanley (Sage, 2017). Her research interests include social justice, and in particular the impact of economic and relational inequality on wellbeing and education. Previous research has included exploring social justice within applied psychology, the impact of welfare reform on families and schools (specifically the ‘bedroom tax’), and the impact of ‘austerity’ on the way secondary schools are supporting pupil emotional wellbeing. Her clinical practice has predominantly been based within NHS Primary Care settings, working with individuals who have been diagnosed with ‘severe mental health problems’.


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