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Understanding Military Culture for Clinicians: Implications for Clinical Work

Wednesday 12th October 2016 at The Paul Woodhouse Suite, Winchester Cathedral

One day workshop

Dr Melly, Capt Simms and Sgt Bambridge all work within the Defence Mental Health Service providing therapies to active serving men and women from all three armed forces. Based within an Army setting, all three clinicians work with a range of mental health difficulties including a high volume of trauma work.

The overall aim of the workshop was to help clinical staff to bridge the gap in knowledge which naturally exists between civilian and military cultures and to feel better equipped to interact with confidence with armed forces personnel, veterans and their families.
The workshop explored issues around understanding Military Culture, including how to minimise potential barriers to engagement which may be present. It presented facts about military life and the difficulties armed forces personnel may be likely to experience, and provided a chance to discuss and reflect on various psychological and practical impacts, positive and negative, of a range of military experiences.

The workshop was suitable for clinicians, such as clinical, counselling and health psychologists, and also for psychological therapists and counsellors working outside of the military environment with veterans or currently serving armed forces personnel, such as the NHS or private practice.

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5th Military Psychology Conference; Defence & Security; Fragile States and Global Instability: Responding to the Consequences; Stabilisation and Peacekeeping

Places are still available for the 5th Military Psychology Conference. This conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to share emerging research and practitioner good practices.

Further information can be found on the event webpage.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227775


Wednesday 12th October 2016

10:00Workshop Start
16:30Workshop Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Sara Melly

Dr Sara Melly is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who joined the MOD after fifteen years of working in the NHS specialising in Adult Mental Health. As a civilian who made the transition to working in a military setting she is acutely aware of the impact on the different cultural perspectives on therapy and the therapeutic relationship.

Capt Amos Simms

Capt Amos Simms started his career as an Adult Nurse in the Royal Air Force, specialising in peri-operative and anaesthetic nursing before receiving additional training as a mental health nurse and then transferring to the Army. He has served over 22 years and deployed in support of operations in the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan plus carrying out Aeromedical Evacuation in many other locations.

Sgt Darren Bambridge

Sgt Darren Bambridge spent ten years in the Intelligence Corps before re-training as a Military Mental Health Nurse. He specialises in delivering therapies, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Sgt Bambridge is also a Physical Training Instructor.


The Paul Woodhouse Suite, Winchester Cathedral

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