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Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference 2019

Monday 4th November - Wednesday 6th November 2019 at Hilton Liverpool

‘Though your dreams be tossed and blown’: Human rights, social justice and clinical psychologies of resistance

Hosted in Liverpool, a city of radicalism and resistance, the 2019 Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference will explore the importance of human rights and social justice for clinical psychology training. As a deepening neoliberalism in public institutions fuels ever greater health inequalities and squeezes social inclusion, we will be drawing on Merseyside’s rich traditions of solidarity and proud sense of community to think together about how to connect future clinical psychologists more deeply to human rights principles and mobilise psychology as a force for progressive social change.

The human rights values of participation, accountability and transparency, respect for diversity, empowerment and universality will provide a broad framework for the conference, including the historical, professional and legal accountabilities of clinical psychology theory and practice. Liverpool’s history as a city will be reflected in themes of migration, co-production, identity, power, and radical psychological theory.

Key questions for trainers will include: How might liberation psychology and other radical traditions within psychology influence clinical psychology training? How do we widen participation in clinical psychology training in the context of funding changes? How do we challenge mental health stigma? How do we decolonise the curriculum and maintain global connections? How do we support trainee and supervisor mental health and wellbeing whilst navigating tensions between our professional, social and personal identities? How do we co-produce with experts by experience and communities?



Keynote Speakers

We're pleased to confirm our Keynote Speakers;

  • Kat Alcock
  • Nimisha Patel
  • Rich Moth & Guy Jamieson

We're also pleased to announce that we'll be joined by Sheila Coleman who will present a public lecture during the dinner on Monday night.

Speaker biographies can be downloaded further down the page.

Conference Programme

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

Last updated: 11.00 14th October 2019

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Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Kat Alcock

Kat has worked as a Clinical Tutor on the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) since 2009, with additional roles on the DClinPsy courses at Canterbury Christchurch University and the University of Teesside. She’s currently Principal Clinical Tutor, Senior Admissions Tutor and the Strategic Lead for Access and Inclusion on the UCL DClinPsy. Kat founded the DCP BME Mentoring Scheme and careers talk outreach programme in London, and carry out national consultation relating to accessing the clinical psychology profession.

Kat’s life and career path to date have been strongly influenced by a community psychology philosophy, with its key tenets of justice, empowerment and liberation and overarching focus on amplifying less-heard voices. She strives to maintain a balance between reflection, research and action (praxis). Current/recent research includes perinatal mental health and identity; parents’ experience of endings in paediatric cancer care, impact of online participatory arts peer/community mental health support forums; barriers to accessing the clinical psychology profession; experience of mental health problems/disclosure amongst trainee and qualified clinical psychologists; policy development by clinical psychology “activist-practitioners” and the impact of Islamophobia on mental health and identity.

Guy Jamieson

Guy Jamieson is a user of mental health services, and has also previously worked in various roles including as a mental health support worker and team leader in the residential care field and also in day services. Guy is an activist and has been involved in campaigns against welfare reform and to stop day service closures and privatisation in Liverpool.

Rich Moth

Rich Moth is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Liverpool Hope University.

Rich has been actively involved in anti-austerity social movements over recent years, including the SOS campaign against closure of mental health day services in Liverpool, #Stop and Scrap Universal Credit, and is also part of activist alliances challenging punitive workfare reforms in the mental health and welfare systems. Rich is also a national steering committee member of campaigning group the Social Work Action Network (SWAN).

Rich has recently completed work on a study of the impact of austerity and welfare state marketisation on access to mental health services and the benefits system in England funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Rich is also currently working on a comparative research study of the impact of neoliberal reform on social work practice in England and Switzerland.
Rich is an Associate Editor of Critical and Radical Social Work journal, and his recent/forthcoming publications include (as co-editor) Resist the Punitive State: Grassroots Struggles Across Welfare, Housing, Education and Prisons (Pluto Press, 2019) and (as author) Understanding Mental Distress: Knowledge, Practice and Neoliberal Reform in Community Mental Health Services (Policy Press, 2020).

Nimisha Patel

Nimisha Patel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, the Director of the International Centre for Health and Human Rights, a charity; and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. Her clinical, academic and research interests are in two connected areas. One is in the areas of human rights, in which she has worked as a clinical psychologist for over 25 years, focussing on psychological care and interdisciplinary (health and legal) rehabilitation as reparation for survivors of torture and sexual violence and on prevention and international legal policy-development work related to the prohibition of torture and the death penalty. The second area is in addressing social inequalities and intersectional discrimination and applying a human rights-based approach to psychological practice and in healthcare services. She has worked as a consultant, researcher and supervisor with numerous human rights organisations internationally, including in the Middle East, North, Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia, and she is a regular consultant to several United Nations agencies and other international non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organisations.


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