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PQG Annual Conference 2017; Mirrors in reflective practice: The use of self in clinical psychology

Friday 31st March 2017 at Armada House, Bristol

Delegates were invited to learn about how different theoretical approaches may have unique and interesting ways to improve clinical practice. This may be through developing a greater sense of knowing oneself and how this could be useful in delivering and improving mental health services, such as relational-reflexivity in family therapy and personal reformulation in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Delegates also had the opportunity to consider the role of colleagues and their personal responses to clients through consideration of team formulation approaches.

This conference aimed to open up dialogues among future Clinical Psychologists and our service users.

The Pre-Qualification Group aim to enable attendees to participate in making their own small, yet potentially brave, steps towards breaking the stigma of experiencing mental health difficulties through challenging conventional practices of non-disclosure or silence from those who could and should be most accepting of personal and relational challenges.

This conference was designed for pre-qualified members who are on a journey towards qualification during a time in which psychologists are beginning to have a greater presence and voice in the public domain.

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Keynote Presentation 09.45 - 10.45

Working with the social GGRRAAACCEEESSS of the self
John Burnham

Parallel Session 11.00 - 12.00

How Yoga and Mindfulness Practice can Enhance the Therapeutic Alliance
Heather Mason

Staff Wellbeing: The bigger picture
Amra Rao

Parallel Session 14.00 - 14.30

(Minorities Group), Formulation: Disability and self
Runa Dawood
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Taking a few relational risks isn't so bad, is it?
Amy Lyons

Parallel Session 14.00 - 15.30

Personal Reformulation: A little CAT can go a long way
Clive Turpin & Tom Merrill

Parallel Session 14.30 - 15.30

A family attachment diagram: A tool for conversation and reflection
Sarah Wolfe

Transgender Mental Health
Jay McNeil (PQG Award Winner)
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Keynote Presentation 16.00 - 17.30

Interacting selves in team formulation
Lucy Johnstone

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Friday 31st March 2017

Please note all speakers and timings are subject to change.

The full provisional programme can be downloaded.

09:30Setting the scene / Welcome; James Randall-James & Alice McNamara
09:45Working with the social GGRRAAACCEEESSS of the self; John Burnham
10:45Refreshment Break & Poster Viewing
11:00Parallel Session
11:30Parallel Session
12:00Lunch & Poster Viewing
13:00A conversation about psychologists' experience of mental health difficulties & audience discussion (including Q&A)
14:00Parallel Session
14:30Parallel Session
15:30Refreshment Break & Poster Viewing
15:45Poster prize anouncement
16:00Keynote Presentation - Reflection and use of self in team formulation?; Lucy Johnstone
17:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators

John Burnham

Keynote Speaker
John Burnham is Head of systemic therapy at Parkview Clinic Birmingham and founder of systemic family therapy at Birmingham children’s Hospital. He is author of the influential Steps Towards Systemic Therapy and was past visiting lecturer at Northumbria University and visiting fellow at the Academy of Social Sciences. He has 40 years experience working with families, couples and individuals. As well as training in the UK, John teaches in a variety of contexts overseas.

Lucy Johnstone

Keynote Speaker
Dr Lucy Johnstone is an Independent Trainer, 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 an experienced conference speaker, lecturer and trainer.

Heather Mason

Heather Mason is the founder of the Minded Institute an organization that both trains professionals and develops, implements, and researches innovative methods for long-term mental and physical health treatment based on the fusion of yoga therapy, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, and psychotherapy. The Minded Institute offers a renowned 500 hr yoga therapy training program in the UK for professionals who are specifically interested in using yoga therapy to work with clinical mental health populations, runs regular CPDS, and creates mind-body interventions for stress and mental health disorders.

Heather possesses a robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies an MSc in Medical Physiology and a background in Neuroscience. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. In addition to forming the Minded Institute and supporting its various activities Heather is involved in creating mind-body curriculum for medical schools, working for yoga’s inclusion in the NHS in the UK, and lecturing internationally on the bridge between yoga and healthcare.

Clive Turpin

Clive is a UKCP registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience of working in the NHS in varying areas of mental health. Currently he works in a Psychotherapy Service in North Manchester offering individual CAT and has co-facilitated running CAT groups.

Clive has completed his CAT supervisor training and is awaiting accreditation. He's worked in a variety of areas within mental health, including acute/intensive care, adolescent therapeutic community and research. He has extensive experience of working with self-harm, offering very brief Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) and CAT. Additionally he's consulted on research projects to establish therapy within prisons for women who self-harm and provided therapy supervision. He has a particular interest in brief work, promoting therapeutic and relational approaches, and highlighting the benefits of using these skills during assessment.

He's been involved in running workshops and giving presentations on self-harm, risk, group CAT, endings and goodbye letters, and starting up in independent practice. Additionally Clive has presented on a number of occasions at the annual ACAT Conference. He's an executive member of Catalyse and co-ordinate the Personal Reformulations (in addition to being one of the therapists offering this approach), he also co-lead the Projects Forum.


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