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DCP PQG Annual Conference 2018: Thriving in Clinical Psychology: Working Through Challenges in Different Contexts

Friday 16th March 2018 at Cloth Hall Court Leeds

Join fellow in training and pre-training peers, qualified clinicians and experts by experience at the 2018 DCP PQG Annual Conference. This year’s conference provides a unique opportunity to explore and reflect on the personal and professional challenges we face working in the field of clinical psychology and how we can thrive whilst on our journey to becoming clinical psychologists.

Delegates will be invited to consider the challenges that arise both in and outside the therapy room. The parallel sessions will provide the opportunity to learn skills and develop knowledge of those areas less talked about in clinical psychology. The conference aims to discuss the challenges the wider profession faces, particularly considering this time of change, as well as financial and socio-political pressure. Importantly through a dedicated reflective session we invite delegates to open up a dialogue about the personal challenges we face along the way, for example considering the transition from pre-training to in-training and in-training to qualified.

The Pre-Qualification group aims to enable attendee’s to develop a supportive and resourceful community within the profession, one that is united in overcoming challenges and thriving along the way to becoming clinical psychologists and beyond.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To consider one's personal and professional development.
  • To develop skills in reflective practice that can enable exploration of personal and professional identities.
  • To gain knowledge about the areas of clinical psychology less talked about.
  • To consider and reflect on the context of our profession and the challenges we face.
  • To network and share personal accounts of resourcefulness, resilience and self-care strategies not only as clinical psychologists, but as people with multiple identities.

Who is the course intended for?

Pre-Qualification Group Members i.e. Trainee Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Research Assistants, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Support Workers, Nursing Assistants, Undergraduate, Postgraduate psychology students etc.

The day should be of interest to qualified members, who will be welcomed.

Call for Posters

Poster submissions are now being accepted. If you are interested in presenting a poster at this conference, please make your submission via the online submission system by 23:59 Sunday 11th February 2018.

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Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Friday 16th March 2018

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

09:00Welcome and Registration
09:30Introduction to the PQG and Setting the Scene (Alice McNamara & Sandy Metwally)
10:00Facing challenges (Roberta Babb)
10:45Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Session
12:00Lunch and Poster Viewing
13:00Poster Winner Presentation
13:15Keynote presentation: Wider challenges in the profession (Anne Cooke)
14:30Refreshment Break
14:45Reflective Space (James Randall-James)
15:45Trauma, Ethics & Lived Experience (Danny Taggart)
16:45Closing Remarks
17:00Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Anne Cooke

Keynote Speaker
Anne Cooke is Clinical Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. For many years she worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, leading psychology services in psychiatric hospitals and mental health teams. She is the current British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year.

Most recently Anne edited and promoted the Society’s major public information report Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, leading a group of 24 contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had themselves experienced psychosis. The report attracted international media coverage, is widely used around the world and has been translated into several languages.

Anne is also active in the media and on social media. She is engaged with colleagues in the Discursive of Tunbridge Wells project which aims to open up debates about key issues in mental health and clinical psychology via a blog and a series of podcasts.

Dr Roberta Babb

Roberta is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, currently working in the field of clinical forensic psychology in the public sector in London. Her specialities include adult forensic, personality disorder, race, diversity, staff development and people development. She has worked in the field of psychology for 13 years.

Roberta also has two postgraduate diplomas in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy and Organisational Development and Executive Coaching.

Dr James Randall-James

James is a Clinical Psychologist working with Looked After Children and a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. James’ main research interests are in systemic approaches, working beyond psychiatric diagnosis, clinical training, and service-user involvement and co-production. James was co-chair of the Pre-Qualification Group of the Division of Clinical Psychology for three and a half years, representing just under 2000 members working in pre-training roles.

James has presented at a range of conferences and published numerous papers. He is currently writing a chapter for a community psychology book and editing a book aimed at those aspiring to become clinical psychologists. James is also supervising trainee research projects on co-produced and peer-led groups in CAMHS, and service-user perspectives of questioning diagnoses within the community. Other than this, when not talking about himself in third-person, James tends to be walking the dog or playing guitar!

Dr Danny Taggart

Dr Danny Taggart is the Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex. One of Danny’s main areas of current research are the development of Trauma Informed Approaches within mental health services, mental health under conditions of austerity and the use of experiential knowledge within the service user and survivor movements. Danny has written and spoken publicly about his experiences of institutional abuse in childhood and consequential mental health problems. He has recently been appointed a Co-Chair of the Beyond Diagnosis Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology, a group of clinical psychologists and experts by experience working together to reform practice and develop different approaches to understand severe mental distress.


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