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Integration in Psychotherapy: transtheoretical themes and issues

Friday 30th October 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

With regard to the Psychotherapy section membership spanning such a wide range of interests and orientations, we have chosen to organise a conference that reflects this wide spread of interests, and endeavours to engage and challenge delegates to explore differences and find commonalities in the way we work. The conference programme will therefore be a mix of key note speaker led sessions and more open thematic discussion workshops leading to a comprehensive plenary discussion to finish.

Speakers and workshops

Michelle Pritchard - Specialist Youth Coach
Presentation on the experience of an integrative appreciative coaching and multi component positive psychology interventions programme on at-risk adolescent girls.

Carl Harris - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
"The Impact of Austerity on a British Housing Estate” an analysis in the context of a British housing estate where austerity and the consequent processes contribute to stress and depression, focusing on socio/cultural factors in the lives of distressed people.

Dr Richard Bennett - Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive behavioural Psychotherapist.
From Esteem to Acceptance: Contemporary Perspectives on the Self. Comparing views on acceptance across different models.

Steve Heigham and Terry Birchmore - Psychotherapy section committee members.
Workshop on Mentalisation, and it's importance in the psychotherapeutic process.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes - BPS President
Different perspectives on the therapy room

Ciaran O'Connor
Managing the Existential Givens in a Digital Age

Unfortunately Dr Jason Jones - Senior lecturer, Birmingham University will no longer be speaking at this conference.

Outcomes for delegates

The transtheoretical theme will be developed throughout the various activities giving participants the opportunity to think critically and debate with others about what we believe are the main drivers of change in psychotherapy. The intended professional development outcomes are:-
Enhanced competence of working in a multi-disciplinary framework
Greater insight into commonalities that underpin all psychotherapies
Encouragement to further define and develop one’s own model of integrative/pluralistic practice
Updating/further understanding of some emerging theories and research in psychotherapy.

Workshops/lectures planned so far, more to be confirmed soon

Transtheoretical conceptualisations of the self
Mentalisation as a significant factor in the therapy process
Research on effects of short-term therapy.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506


Friday 30th October 2015

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

The day includes the Psychotherapy Section AGM

10:10Richard Bennett - Self-Esteem & Self-Acceptance
10:55Comfort Break
11:05Jamie Hacker Hughes
12:00Carl Harris - Austerity, Stress and Well-being
14:00Ciaran O'Connor - Managing the Existential Givens in a Digital Age
15:00M. Pritchard. Positive Psychology interventions for at risk teens
15:30Comfort Break
15:40Steve Heigham & Terry Birchmore - Mentalisation in Psychotherapy
16:30Plenary session

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

Keynote Speaker
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran psychological health.

He is Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in the Veterans and Families Institute and Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and has an independent psychological health consultancy and a practice in Central London, specialising in the treatment of trauma and anxiety and other disorders.

Jamie is now the 81st President (2015-2016) of the British Psychological Society and is patron of a number of charities & organisations.

Dr Richard Bennett

Keynote Speaker
Richard Bennett is a Clinical Psychologist working both at the University of Birmingham (Deputy Course Director) and in the NHS. He is an Academic Tutor on the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT Programmes, and is the Course Lead for the Diploma in High Intensity Psychological Therapies.

He has worked in the NHS for approximately 20 years, primarily in adult mental health and forensic mental health. He has specialized in providing Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and CBT to service users with a variety of clinical presentations, in addition to extensive experience in the provision of teaching, training and supervision. He is accredited as a CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Ciaran O'Connor

Keynote Speaker
Having studied philosophy and its application to the human condition for over 7 years, Ciaran O'Connor has come to use existentialism as a foundation to his research and work as a private therapist. Spending much of his early career working with physical disabilities and now going on to be an author and therapist on the subject of digital depression and addiction, O'Connor now lecturers at several universities across the country and a range of private institutions.


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