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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 is excited to present our 2019 Annual Conference: ‘Exploring Diverse Therapeutic Approaches in Clinical Psychology: Here, there and everywhere’. This year, we are inviting 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. Many members of the committee will therefore be available to talk to speakers and attendees throughout the event (we will be wearing purple lanyards). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We will also be hosting a wine reception after the conference and we hope many of you can join us in celebrating the day and getting to know each other better. Throughout the event, we would love to hear from you and whether you have any ideas you have the committee. Opportunities to learn more about the committee and how to join will also be discussed.

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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

Who is the course intended for?

We welcome anyone with an interest in diverse approaches in clinical psychology, however the day is most suited to those in pre-qualification roles (Assistant Psychologists, Research Assistants, Support Workers, Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Trainee Clinical Psychologists). The day is also well suited for service users / experts by experience who wish to engage with future clinical psychologists.

Call for Submissions

Poster submissions are now invited for this conference. If you are interested in making a submission, please do so via the online submissions system by 12:00 Midday on Friday 1st March 2019.

Poster submission guidelines can be downloaded here.

Further location information

Detailed location information can be downloaded here. For those travelling by Public Transport, click here to download a voucher for a discounted return ticket on the tram.

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.

Registration fees can be found on the online booking form. 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 (Co-Chairs Alice McNamara & Sandy Harper)
10:00Keynote speaker: MAC-UK
10:45Refreshment Break
11:00Breakout rooms x3 (different approaches)
13:30Breakout rooms x3 (different approaches)
15:00Refreshment Break
15:15Talk: The Minorities in Clinical Psychology Group
16:00Keynote speaker: Dr Ross White
16:45Poster winner and closing remarks
17:00Wine 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.


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