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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 will address 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 are pleased to confirm our Keynote Speakers;

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

DECP Conference Programme

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Last Update: 09:40 10th November 2017

Please note, all speakers, timings, content and room allocations are subject to change.

Call for Submissions

Submissions are no longer being accepted for this conference. Submissions were accepted until 23:59 24th September 2017. Thank you to all those that have submitted, we will be in touch with decisions shortly.

TEP Conference

The DECP Annual Conference 2018 is preceded by our Trainee Education Psychologist (TEP) Event. The DECP Trainee Educational Psychologists' Conference enables newly qualified EPs and those in training to disseminate their research findings. For further information on the TEP conference, please click here.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227776

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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