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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 explored 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 drew 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 provided 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 were reflected in themes of migration, co-production, identity, power, and radical psychological theory.

Key questions for trainers included: 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 welcomed our Keynote Speakers;

  • Kat Alcock
  • Nimisha Patel
  • Rich Moth & Trish Stoll

We were also joined by Sheila Coleman who presented public lecture during the dinner on Monday night.

Speaker biographies can be viewed further down the page.

Conference Programme & Abstracts

To download the full conference programme, please click here. Please note, all speakers, timings, content and room allocations are subject to change.

Last updated: 09:40 1st November 2019

To view the abstract booklet, please click here.

Updated 09.30 29th October 2019

Presentation Downloads

Monday 4th November 2019

Keynote Presentation, 13.45 - 14.40

Teaching human rights: Tools towards prevention, accountability and justice
Nimisha Patel
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Parallel Sessions, 14:50 - 15:50

Grace Suite (Main room)

Shadows in the reflective journey - trainee clinical psychologists’ experiences of reflective practice
Emily Connolly

Trainees' experiences of bullying: our responses and responsibilities as clinical trainers
Barbara Mason

The role of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in the provision of care for staff and trainees: How do we support trainee and supervisor mental health and wellbeing whilst navigating tensions between our professional, social and personal identities?
Sarah Craven-Staines

Albert Suite 3

Discussions of diversity, representation and marginalisation in the profession; reflections from a survey on minority experiences
Runa Dawood & Ashley Peart

Understanding and solving the diversity crisis in clinical psychology selection
David Murphy

National expansion in specialist perinatal mental health services: implications for training clinical psychologists
Helen Sharp & Pauline Slade
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Albert Suite 4

Taking clinical psychology to the community to reach diverse and underserved youths
Luna Centifanti & Steve Baker

Getting the best out of clinical placements: What can we learn from the experience of trainee clinical psychologists?
Michelle Wilson

Developing a part time training route - insights and practicalities
Emma Munks & Clare Dixon

Albert Suite 5

A path is formed by laying one stone at a time: Experts by Experience involvement in the University of Birmingham Clinical Course
David Gibbs & Teresa Madurai

Overcoming stigma: Exploring effective directions for clinical psychology training and wider healthcare systems
Matthew Knight

A PhD research proposal: Identity as a connecting factor between Them & Us
Veenu Gupta

Parallel Sessions, 16:10 - 17:30

Grace Suite (Main room)

Symposium: Coproduction: Impact and Identity
Convenor: Simon Mudie
Chair: Catrin Eames
Discussants: Alison Bryant, Sarah Butchard & Ben Campbell

The impact of co-production in clinical psychology training
Hilary Tetlow & Laura Golding

Swapping Seats: Experts by Experience as mentors
John Chiocchi, Bernadette Fitzpatrick & Julie Van Vuuren

Reflections of the many faces involved in Clinical Psychology
Veenu Gupta

Sharing experiences of distress and mental health difficulties during clinical training
Beth Greenhill

Albert Suite 3

Symposium: Social Inequalities and Mental Health: research and practice developments in Sheffield

A discipline of public psychological health?
Richard Bentall

Adverse impact of neighbourhood socioeconomic deprivation on psychological treatment outcomes: the role of area-level income and crime
Jaime Delgadillo

Socio environmental predictors of psychotic symptoms in people with early psychosis
Vyv Huddy

Developing innovative placement opportunities in Sheffield in partnership with Third Sector organisations and Public Health: Sharing clinical psychological frameworks to promote the values of community, inclusion psychological wellbeing and health
Katherine Hildyard & Jo Burrell

Albert Suite 4

Workshop: Considering the reciprocal relationship with our experts by experience - how do we care for our carers? How do we co-produce with experts by experience and communities?
Sarah Craven-Staines, Lisa Caygill & Clare Devanney-Glynn

Albert Suite 5

Workshop: Decolonisation through liberatory practices: “All you need is love”
Maria Castro Romero

Tuesday 5th November 2019

Parallel Sessions, 09.30 - 11.00

Grace Suite (Main Room)

Workshop: Whiteness and clinical psychology: talking, thinking, feeling, teaching
Nimisha Patel, David Gibbs, Kat Alcock, Adam Danquah, Catherine Butler & Louise Goodbody
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Albert Suite 3

Symposium: Learning from lived experience in mental health: Public Involvement in research and implementation. The NIHR CLAHRC/ ARC (Applied Research Collaboration) North West Coast experience.
Alan Price, Keith Holt, Steph Tomlinson, Mark Gabbay & Ana Porroche-Escudero

Albert Suite 4

Workshop: Developing a Human Rights Based Approach to clinical supervision: A participatory workshop for clinical psychology training
Beth Greenhill, Katy Lobley & Sarah Butchard

Albert Suite 5

Workshop: At a crossroad: What ClinPsy training needs to change to prepare clinical psychologists for the socio- political, economic, and technological challenges ahead?
Olga Luzon & Michelle Taylor

Meeting Room 2

Aligning clinical psychology training with the NHS Long Term Plan (England): survey results
Jan Hughes & Gary Latchford

Climate change and psychology
Nadja Krohnert

Parallel Sessions, 11.30 - 12.30

Grace Suite (Main room)

The experiences aspiring clinical psychologists with lived experience of mental health problems face on the journey to clinical psychology training
Camilla Hogg, Tugce Koca, Samah Naseem & Rebecca Thomas
Please note, this presentation contains sensitive content.

Experiences of individuals from Low Social Economic Status (SES) backgrounds, reaching leadership positions within clinical psychology
Mariam Iqbal

Albert Suite 3

Increasing the influence of involvement through selection and assessment
Anna Tickle & Danielle De Boos

Decolonising the curriculum - assessment, the final frontier. A facilitated discussion about involving service users and carers in formal assessment processes.
Laura Lea & Anne Cooke

Bringing the outside in: Clinical psychology training in socially aware assessment, formulation, intervention and service structure
Helen Griffiths

Albert Suite 4

Opening the door: empowering trainees to know themselves and take personal responsibility for learning
Fiona Eccles & Emma Munks

Attitudes towards CBT in trainee clinical psychologists: A service evaluation of a DClinPsy programme
Laura Hancox

Albert Suite 5

Reflections of the many identities of the service user researcher within the context of clinical psychology research
Veenu Gupta & Rose Thompson

“People didn't quite see me": Addressing ethnic disparities in clinical psychology by enhancing facilitators and minimising barriers into training
Samantha Rennalls, Julie Baah & Kat Alcock
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Meeting Room 2

Workshop: Reflective Practice Group using Way of Council - A chance to consider how the conference is going for us and our response to the theme: 'though our dreams be tossed and blown.'
Richard Payne
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Plenary Session, 12.30 - 13.00

Sarb Bajwa, BPS Chief Executive

Keynote Presentation, 14:30 - 15.25

‘Thrown against a sharp, white background: Access and inclusion in clinical psychology’
Kat Alcock

EBE Showcase, 16.30 - 17.30

Grace Suite (Main room)

University of Oxford
University of Sheffield
University of Surrey
Royal Holloway, University of London
Salomons Institute, Canterbury Christ Church University

Albert Suite 3

University of Liverpool
University of Nottingham
University of Birmingham No slides used
University of Edinburgh No slides used
King’s College London
Staffordshire University

Albert Suite 4

University of Manchester
University College London
Teesside University
University of Leeds No slides used
Coventry University

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Keynote Presentation, 09.00 - 09.55

Traps, gaps and benefits distress: the harmful psychosocial impacts of welfare reform
Rich Moth & Trish Stoll

Parallel Sessions, 11.20 - 12.50

Grace Suite (Main room)

Workshop: Experts by Experience as Clinical Psychology Research Supervisors and Consultants
Gundi Kiemle, Bob Balfour, John Chiocchi, Mie Wall, Chloe Weetman, Alexandra Scott-Heyes, Hannah Nicholson, Rebecca Goodfellow & Jenna Kirtley
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Albert Suite 3

Workshop: You'll never Walk Alone: What does co-production and collaboration mean to us?
Sharon Galliford, Simon Mudie, Maria Castro Romero, Laura Lee, Robert Bathie, Veenu Gupta, Diana Whitehouse, Maureen Thomas, Meeme Luks, Lucy Clarkson & Mie Wall

Albert Suite 4

Addressing collusion with exclusion: What homelessness services and clinical psychology training might have to offer each other
Anna Tickle

Albert Suite 5

WORKSHOP: Reflective Practice Group using Way of Council - A chance to consider how the conference is going for us and our response to the theme: 'though our dreams be tossed and blown.'
Richard Payne
No slides used

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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.

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.

Trish Stoll

Trish has been a communicator for most of her adult life. She was a teacher for 25 years until she retired on the grounds of mental ill health. She guest lectures to Mental Health Nursing, Social Work and AMHP students at several universities. She is also a trainer and facilitates sessions at a hub for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. She has been a user of mental health services for nearly 30 years. She is a passionate advocate of the social model of mental health.


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