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4th Annual Conference of The Welsh Branch of The British Psychological Society

Saturday 12th September 2015 at Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Please note, bookings for this event are now closed.

The Welsh Branch of The British Psychological Society will be holding its fourth Annual Conference on Saturday 12th September 2015 at Glyndwr University, Wrexham. The conference is open to all interested in contemporary psychology. The conference has four themes Positive Psychology, Health Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, and the Psychology of Religion.

Within the conference programme, each of the four themes are supported by confirmed activities including two keynotes (Positive Psychology and Clinical Psychology) and two symposia (Teaching of Psychology and Psychology of Religion).

Keynote Speakers

Dr Catherine Fritz
Dr Graham Mitchell
Dr Denise Ratcliffe

Positive psychology: A win-win topic in the classroom

Dr Catherine Fritz & Dr Graham Mitchell, University of Northampton
Positive psychology, through the study of well-being and optimal functioning, helps to balance the field of psychology between the positive and the negative. The positive perspective has a long history, but has drawn attention and blossomed in the last few decades. Positive psychology draws from all areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and individual differences – and is relevant to all fields of applied psychology. In the classroom, it has two important roles to play: 1. It attracts students’ interest and so helps them to engage with fundamental concepts, principles and methods of psychology. 2. When taught in an interactive and self-referent way, it can help students to develop their strengths and well-being, thereby improving both their academic achievements and their approach to all that life offers. Positive psychology has a growing role to play in the classroom and beyond.

Obesity & psychology

Dr Denise Ratcliffe, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Obesity is a global health epidemic which has profound physical, psychological and social consequences. The aetiology of obesity is multifactorial and psychological factors can play an important role in causing and maintaining weight problems. Conversely, evidence indicates that obesity also causes psychological difficulties such as depression, body image disturbance etc. To date, the most effective intervention for obesity is bariatric surgery and this should be offered by a multidisciplinary team, which includes psychologists. However, bariatric surgery is only a tool and the outcome is dependent on long-term behaviour changes and an altered relationship with food. Furthermore, weight loss following bariatric surgery creates a different set of psychological challenges for the individual to negotiate (e.g. body image changes). Psychologists are well positioned to offer pre-operative and post-operative interventions to address psychological difficulties that could jeopardise the individual’s outcome from weight loss surgery.

Invited Symposium

The Welsh Branch of The British Psychological Society are pleased to announce that one of the invited symposiums has been confirmed;

"The Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at Glyndŵr University symposium on religious and spiritual experiences"

Background: Within the psychology of religion, empirically based research into religious experience is well established. This research tradition was given renewed momentum in the UK in 1969 when Sir Alister Hardy established the Religious Experience Research Unit in Oxford. Central to this work was the recording and analysing of responses to the question “Have you ever been aware of or influenced by a presence or power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your everyday self?”

Aim: Building on this research tradition, the present symposium brings together a collection of papers from a team of researchers from The Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre, located within the Department of Psychology at Glyndŵr University, that aim to demonstrate the variety of research currently being undertaken within the Centre.

Main contribution: Six empirical papers are presented, each of which helps to demonstrate the utility of the construct of religious experience in a range of different contexts, using different operationalisations of religious experience, and employing a variety of different religious and cultural samples.

Conclusion: The current papers attest to the utility of the research conducted by The Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at Glyndŵr University.

Conference Programme
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Call for Papers

Submissions are no longer being accepted for The Welsh Branch of The British Psychological Society.
The deadline for submissions was 23:59 on Monday 20th July 2015.

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 9am on Tuesday 8th September 2015

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Saturday 12th September 2015

10:30Keynote Presentation
11:15Parallel Paper Session 1
12:15Parallel Paper Session 2
14:00Keynote Presentation
14:45Parallel Paper Session 3
15:45Parallel Paper Session 4
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Catherine Fritz

Keynote Speaker


Dr Denise Ratcliffe

Keynote Speaker
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Clinical Health Psychology, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Denise specialises in Bariatric Psychology.


Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW

10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, 5 minutes’ walk from Wrexham General Railway Station and easily accessible by road off the A483, a main route into North East and Mid Wales.

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