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Rethinking clinical perspectives: Becoming the questioning Psychologist for changing times.

Friday 27th March 2015 at The Buszy, Milton Keynes


Rethinking Sanity - Rufus May
The Social Context of Distress: Moving Beyond Individualism %u2013 Dr David Harper
Can we be - or become - a Questioning Psychologists in the NHS? - Prof Peter Kinderman
Learning Disabilities and behaviour that challenges services: Constructions and constructive responses - Rai Turton
Formulating the impact of oppression on minoritized groups - Guilaine Kinouani
Developing Alternative Narratives of Mental Health - Dr Rosie Powling Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10
Paradigm Alliance - Dr Rosie Powling
The questioning psychologist and MDTs - Dr Lucy Johnstone
The questioning psychiatrist and use of medication - Joanna Moncrieff
The personal is the political - Jacqui Dillon

Join fellow pre and in-training peers, qualified clinicians and experts by experience at the 2015 DCP PQG Annual Conference. This event promises the chance to consider how critical and community approaches to psychology are part of an essential toolkit in pre-qualified roles.

What is critical and community psychology?
Critical and community psychology aims to explain distress in terms of social, political and societal contexts. It adopts a systems level approach and questions more traditional approaches, with a focus on the individual within the community.

Delegates will hear multiple perspectives on how and why you may wish to become a critical or questioning psychologist in the NHS. Attendees will gain of an understanding of and insight into:

  • What it means to be ill or sane within the real world
  • What we need to consider about anti-psychotic medication
  • How to critique and engage with different perspectives
  • How to work as a questioning psychologist within MDT settings
  • The challenges and possibilities of a mental health service that considers the impact of social disadvantage and trauma as focal determinants of personal struggles

Who is the event for?
The day is suited for individuals in pre-training roles (AP, RA, support worker etc.) and those currently in training. Individuals recently qualified may also find the day stimulating, along with established and practising psychologists.

No prior knowledge or awareness of critical and community psychology is required to benefit from this event as it is aimed at those on the path to training and qualifying.

What will the day include?
Talks and interactive workshops delivered by a range of well renowned speakers, from a variety of specialisms. Confirmed speakers include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jacqui Dillon and Dr Rufus May. There will be poster presentations during lunch and presentations from pre-qualified members.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Friday 27th March 2015

09:30What is a questioning psychologist? - Alex Young & Anita Raman
09:45Rethinking ‘sanity’- Rufus May (Video Presentation)
10:15The Social Context of Distress: Moving Beyond Individualism – Dr David Harper
11:15Can we be - or become - a Questioning Psychologists in the NHS? Prof Peter Kinderman
12:00Parallel Workshops - Faculty of Intellectual Disability (Main Space)
12:00The Minorities in Clinical Training group – Formulating the impact of oppression on minoritized groups, Guilaine Kinouani (Gallery)
12:00Parallel Sessions - Faculty of Psychosis & Complex Mental Health (Lounge) Developing Alternative Narratives of Mental Health, Dr Rosie Powling
13:00Lunch & Networking and poster session.
14:00The questioning psychologist and MDTs - Dr Lucy Johnstone
15:45The questioning psychiatrist and use of medication - Joanna Moncrieff
16:30The personal is the political – Jacqui Dillon
17:15Chairs ending: Thanks, PQG presentation awards
20:00#clinpsyramble – Discuss and debate the topics from the day and start questioning!

Speakers and Facilitators


Jacqui Dillon

Jacqui Dillon is a respected speaker, writer and activist, and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, psychosis, dissociation and recovery. Jacqui is the national Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University and Visiting Research Fellow at The Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University. Jacqui is the co-editor of Living with Voices, an anthology of 50 voice hearers stories of recovery, Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition and the 2nd Edition of Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis. She has published numerous articles and papers, is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches and a foreign correspondent for Mad in America. Jacqui is also a voice hearer. See


Dr Lucy Johnstone

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition due in August 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of the 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years and is currently based in a service in South Wales. She is an experienced conference speaker, lecturer and trainer.

Dr Rufus May

Rufus May has worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS for 19 years. He is known for promoting holistic and creative approaches to mental health problems. His interest comes originally from his own experiences of psychosis and recovery in his late teens. He has an interest in mindfulness, community development and voice dialogue approaches. His work was featured in the Channel 4 film 'The Doctor who hear voices'

Dr David Harper

David Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology and Programme Director (Academic) on the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London (UEL). He is a co-author of Psychology, Mental Health & Distress (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Deconstructing Psychopathology (Sage, 1995) and a co-editor of Qualitative research methods in mental health and psychotherapy: An introduction for students and practitioners (Wiley, 2012). He is editor of Beyond ‘delusion’: Exploring unusual beliefs and experiences (ISPS/Routledge, forthcoming). He was a member of the British Psychological Society working party on the reform of the Mental Health Act and is a member of the editorial collective of Asylum: The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry.

Prof Peter Kinderman

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool. He is also an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust. His most recent publications are: Kinderman P (2014) A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing. Palgrave Macmillan, London. [ ]. Kinderman P (2014) New Laws of Psychology: Why Nature and Nurture Alone Can't Explain Human Behaviour. Constable & Robinson, London. [ ]. He has recently launched a free, online, open-access course exploring our understanding of mental health and well-being. [ ].

Joanna Moncrieff

Joanna Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, and works as a consultant psychiatrist in London with people with severe and persistent mental health problems. She researches psychiatric drug treatments from a critical perspective and has published numerous papers on psychiatric drug treatment, and the history and politics of psychiatry. She explores the subjective experience of taking prescribed psychoactive medication and she is principle investigator on research funded by the UK’s National Institute of Health Research on involving patients in decisions about antipsychotic medication. She is one of the founders and the co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network. She is author of a recently published book, The Bitterest Pills: the troubling story of antipsychotic drugs, and also The Myth of the Chemical Cure, published by Palgrave Macmillan, and of a Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs (PCCS books).


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