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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

This conference joined together in training and pre-training peers, qualified clinicians and experts by experience at the 2018 DCP PQG Annual Conference. This year’s conference provided 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 were be invited to consider the challenges that arise both in and outside the therapy room. The parallel sessions provided the opportunity to learn skills and develop knowledge of those areas less talked about in clinical psychology. The conference aimed 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 invited 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 aimd 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.

Conference Programme

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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.

Presentation Downloads

Introduction to the PQG and Setting the Scene
Alice McNamara & Sandy Metwally, PQG Co-Chairs

The Adventure of Climbing the Career in Clinical Psychology Mountain: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Dr Roberta Babb, Clinical Psychologist

Parallel Session 11.00 - 12.00

My Perinatal OCD Experiences
Diana Wilson, Co-Founder of Maternal OCD and Expert by Experience
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Reflections on my Journey, Practice and Learning
Philomene Uwamaliya, winner of the Mary Seacole Leadership Award to develop the Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees & Catharina van der Boor, PhD student and demonstrator, University of Liverpool
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Keynote presentation: Wider Challenges in the Profession
Anne Cooke, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme, Salomons
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Parallel Session 14.45 - 15.45

Reflective Means to Sustaining Selves in Challenging Contexts
Dr James Randall-James, Clinical Psychologist in Looked After Children, CAMHS

The Peer Group Supervision Model in Action
Dr Margo Ononaiye, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Clinical Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme, University of Southampton
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Trauma, ethics and the importance of listening to survivors
Dr Danny Taggart, Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex and Expert by Experience & Sally Smith, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust

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Friday 16th March 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.
The full programme can be downloaded further up the page.

09:00Welcome and Registration
09:30Introduction to the PQG and Setting the Scene (Alice McNamara & Sandy Metwally)
10:00The Adventure of Climbing the Career in Clinical Psychology Mountain: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (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
14:45Parallel Session
15:45Trauma, ethics and the importance of listening to survivors (Danny Taggart & Sally Smith)
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

Dr Roberta Babb is a chartered psychologist and registered clinical psychologist. She is registered with the HCPC, amember of the BPS (DCP and DFP), and (s an Honorary Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at The Portman Clinic) a training member of the BPC.

Roberta works in the field of adult mental health in the public sector as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Within her private practice, Roberta works as a therapist, psychometrist, supervisor, consultant, mentor and trainer. Roberta’s specialist interests include adult forensic clinical psychology and psychotherapy, personality disorder, race and diversity, people and team development and organisational relations and dynamics. She has worked in the field of psychology for 15 years, having been drawn to it through her curiosity about human behaviours and the thinking and decision making processes which underpin and influence them. She also is an innovator and strives to find new and impactful ways to apply psychological thinking to create different and creative understandings and approaches within a variety of personal and organisational contexts.

Roberta has a BSc Hons in Psychology, a MSc in Forensic Psychology and a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is currently in her final year of training to become an accredited forensic psychodynamic psychotherapist. She also has postgraduate diplomas in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy and Organisational Development and Executive Coaching.

Dr Margo Ononaiye

Margo is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Clinical Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Southampton. Following her DPhil, she trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Sheffield. Once qualified, Margo has worked primarily in adult mental health settings and in addition to her clinical work has a passion in helping others to learn and develop in both clinical (staff teams) and academic settings (trainee clinical psychologists and CBT practitioners). Margo started working at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology on the IAPT and CBT programmes as a Senior Lecturer and then moved to the University of East Anglia and became the Deputy Programme Director (Clinical) on the Doctorate Clinical Psychology Programme. In June 2016, she moved to the University of Southampton and works full-time mainly on the Doctorate Programme in Clinical Psychology. Margo’s main research interests are leadership within the clinical psychology profession, cognitive biases in psychological disorders and cross cultural well-being. Margo has recently taken up the role of secretary for the Clinical Tutor Sub-Group within the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology. In 2017, Margo has been commissioned by Health Education England (Wessex) to facilitate a series of training events across the Region focusing on developing supervision skills to colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds including nurses, physiotherapists and psychiatrists.

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.

Philomene Uwamaliya

Philomene's been a registered mental health nurse since 2006 and holds an MSc in Public Health and International Development. She began teaching in 2011 at Liverpool John Moores University in the school of Nursing and Allied Health. She has experience of working in public health with specific programmes aimed at increasing life expectancy. She has also worked on the different programmes aimed to redesign care pathways, with a greater focus on prevention, early intervention, health promotion and reduction of health inequalities, especially people with mental health problems, and asylum seekers and refugees.

In October 2016, Philomene won a prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award to develop the Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees.
The Mary Seacole Awards were created in her honour and provide the opportunity for individuals to undertake a specific health care project, or an educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from BME communities. The awards are funded by Health Education England and are awarded in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite, with support from NHS employers.

As a refugee herself, Philomene recognises the challenges professionals face whilst caring for asylum seekers and refugees. She is highly committed to ensuring that support services and commissioners provide the appropriate care to asylum seekers.

Diana Wilson

Diana Wilson is a co-founder of Maternal OCD, a charity set up to raise awareness of perinatal OCD, to promote research, to support the recovery process and to educate healthcare professionals and decision makers. Diana is a mother of four children and is married and lives in Kent.

Catharina van der Boor

Catharina holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Global Mental Health. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Liverpool on the topic of mental health and wellbeing in refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. She has experience of working with underserved populations in different cultural settings including Spain, the Netherlands, India, Scotland and England. She is highly committed to making the voices of asylum seekers and refugees heard.

Since she has joined the University of Liverpool, Catharina has been part of the Mental Health in Context group at the University of Liverpool and has been invited to join the Online Resource Hub team for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees at John Moore’s University. Furthermore, she is a keen member of the Liverpool Asylum Refugee Health Network and in her free time volunteers with the Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & Postnatal Support groups.


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