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PQG Annual Conference 2019 - Exploring Diverse Therapeutic Approaches in Clinical Psychology

Friday 15th March 2019 at Nottingham Conference Centre

The DCP’s Pre-Qualification Group was excited to present our 2019 Annual Conference: ‘Exploring Diverse Therapeutic Approaches in Clinical Psychology. This year, we invited attendees to explore different therapeutic approaches that are delivered throughout the many different contexts clinical psychologists work.

At any stage of someone’s career but particularly at the pre-qualification level, we can find ourselves limited in the approaches we use or are aware of, whether this be in our roles as a Support Worker or Assistant Psychologist role, or during clinical psychology training. With so many diverse ways of working out there, we hope this conference will provide a platform for attendees to learn more, explore and celebrate these different approaches, as well as enhance attendees’ ability to formulate in different ways. Our keynote speaker presentations from leaders in the field will allow us the opportunity to consider different therapeutic approaches across different contexts, whether this be within the local community or global level, as well as reflect more on the impact clinical psychologists can have across the globe.

The Pre-Qualification Group recognizes how challenging, and sometimes isolating, the journey to clinical psychology training can be, and therefore we aims to provide a supportive and resourceful community within the profession, where we are united in overcoming the many challenges and thriving on our journeys to becoming clinical psychologists.

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Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • To learn about six different approaches delivered in clinical psychology
  • To build on formulation skills and learn how to formulate in alternative ways
  • To learn about the impact of different therapeutic approaches from experts by experience
  • To consider different approaches in different contexts and how they can be implemented and adapted at a community and global level
  • To continue to build and develop a supportive network of pre-qualified psychologists

Presentation Downloads

DCP & PQG Welcome
Alice McNamara (Co-Chair), Kate Kimona (Events Lead)
Julia Faulconbridge (DCP Vice Chair) & Sheelagh Rodgers (DCP Exec committee)

Keynote Presentation: Working in partnership with London's most excluded young people to change how we think about and design mental health services. It's time for a social justice approach
Dr Sally Zlotowitz & Jamel Fraser, MAC-UK

Parallel Session - 11:00-12:30

Compassion Focused Therapy
Hannah Gilbert
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Systemic Therapy
Dr Lizette Nolte
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Schema Therapy
Dr Suzannah Ritter
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Parallel Session - 13:30-15:00

Prof Nigel Beail
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Dr Emily Barnbrook
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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Dr James Randall & Sasha Priddy

Keynote Presentation: Disability, Identity and Power in the Therapy Room; a Workshop based on Minority Experiences
Runa Dawood & Daisy Sunderalingam, Minorities in Clinical Psychology Group

Keynote Presentation: Global Mental Health: Opportunity & Challenges for Clinical Psychology

Dr Ross White, University of Liverpool
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If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Friday 15th March 2019

Please note that the timings below are provisional and subject to change.

09:30Pre-Qualification Group Welcome (Kate Kimona, Co-Events Lead & Alice McNamara, Co-Chair)
10:00Keynote Presentation: Sally Zlotowitz & Jamel Fraser, MAC-UK - Working in partnership with London's most excluded young people to change how we think about and design mental health services. It's time for a social justice approach'
10:45Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Sessions: Compassion Focussed Therapy, Schema Therapy & Psychodynamic
13:30Parallel Sessions: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Systemic, Theraplay
15:00Refreshment Break
15:15Keynote Presentation: Runa Dawood & Daisy Sunderalingam - Disability, Identity and Power in the Therapy Room; a Workshop based on Minority Experiences.
16:00Keynote Presentation: Dr Ross White - Global Mental Health: Opportunity & Challenges for Clinical Psychology
16:45Poster winner and closing remarks
17:00Drinks Reception Social Event (all welcome)

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Ross White

Keynote Speaker
Dr Ross White (PhD), DClinPsy) Is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. Dr White set up and directed the MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow. He was lead editor of ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Socio-cultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health’, which was released in February 2017. Dr White has research collaborations with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees investigating the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for reducing distress experienced by refugees particularly in the context and/or aftermath of humanitarian crises. He also has an interest in the processes involved in the linguistic/cultural adaptation of psychological therapies. Dr White has a particular interest in acceptance-based psychosocial interventions. He is an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science peer-reviewed trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr White leads the ‘Mental Health in Context’ research group at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Emily Barnbrook (Theraplay)

Dr Emily Barnbrook, DClinPsy is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Certified Theraplay® Therapist and is now completing the Supervisor’s and Trainer’s Practicum. Emily is also accredited in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy® and is engaged in the DDP consultant’s practicum.

Emily is the clinical lead for a multi-agency team specialising in providing attachment focused therapeutic intervention for children who are looked after and adopted and their parents/carers and professional networks. Emily also works part time for The Family Place. Through this work Emily has been privileged to work with many fostering, adoptive and residential families who have taught her so much about the challenges of living with the impact of trauma.

Emily is passionate about helping children develop healthy, loving attachment relationships. She was excited when she began using Theraplay and experienced how quickly this can engage both children and their parents/carers and powerfully strengthen their attachment bond.

Prior to working with children and families, Emily pursued her interest in trauma working with adults who were experiencing psychosis and addiction.

Professor Nigel Beail PhD (Psychodynamic)

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & the University of Sheffield. UK.

Nigel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professional Lead for Psychological Services for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Psychology at the Clinical Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield., UK. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Trustee of the British Institute for Learning Disabilities, CPD Lead for the British Psychological Society's DCP Faculty for Learning Disability, former President of European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability, and a founder and Fellow of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability. He has published extensively on practiced based research from his clinical work.

Dr Lizette Nolte (Systemic)

Lizette is a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist working as a lecturer on the University of Hertfordshire Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Lizette was born in South Africa where she trained first as an occupational therapist and later as a clinical psychologist. Once in the UK Lizette completed her training in family and systemic psychotherapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, London, and then went on to complete her Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock. Valuing a contextual and relational focus in her clinical work, Lizette draws mostly on systemic, narrative and community approaches. Her research and teaching focuses on social justice, inclusion and equality. Lizette loves long walks, preferably in the woods, long, slow meals with friends and books. Lizette lives with her partner and two teenage boys, her most important teachers about being family.

Sally Zlotowitz

Keynote Speaker
Sally is a Clinical and Community Psychologist who has spent over ten years working in the field of mental health innovation, re-designing services and addressing the social determinants of mental health through various roles, including at the mental health charity for excluded young people, MAC-UK, as Clinical Director, where she continues one day a week as the Director of Public Health and Prevention. Sally now also works in the Health Lab of the innovation charity, Nesta.

Sally is passionate about taking mental health out of the 'brains' of individuals and instead thinking about it in terms of people's wider context, including the health of our communities, inequality and social justice, social inclusion and our connection to nature.

She is Chair of the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology Section, co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change and founding member of the Housing and Mental Health Network. She is an editor of a forthcoming book called 'New Ideas for New Times: A Handbook of Innovative Community and Clinical Psychologies'. She is a regular lecturer and speaker on community psychology, power, privilege and the role of structural inequalities in mental health.


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