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Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference 2017

06 November 2017 - 08 November 2017 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration fees can be found on the booking form
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The format of the GTiCP Conference has undergone a revamp for 2017. Delegates will be able to mix and match their attendance package, with half day pre-conference sessions on Monday 6th November and full conference days on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th November.

“Change and development through involvement”

Training in Clinical Psychology is informed by a range of influences, most obviously including the application of psychological theory and research to a wide range of clinical settings, with the primary aim of helping and empowering people seeking help through the NHS and related organisations. Today, this means balancing a range of influences and being aware of the context in which training operates, and this conference is based on the assumption in order to bring about further improvements we need to pay careful attention to those who engage with clinical psychology through developing involvement. “Involvement” here means ways that our stakeholders can more actively contribute to the development of competent and compassionate clinical psychologists through training programmes and beyond. Stakeholders are taken to include people with personal experience of mental health and how we seek improve understanding and provide help, supervisors, representatives of services which both expect to recruit graduates and placement providers, Health Education England and of course trainees themselves. We want to reflect the importance of such contributions to the theory and practice of clinical psychology training in contributions to the conference.

We will also specifically highlight two further themes; the importance of the theory-research link and the blending of “clinical art” and “clinical science” in the context of clinical psychology training. Clinical Psychology as a profession involves the skilful and compassionate application of psychological theory and research to the understanding of people experiencing distress and mental health difficulties and to the evaluation and development of services across the widest range of settings in the NHS and beyond. We would like to encourage discussion of the links between theory/research/practice in this context and how these can be applied more effectively in the interests of those seeking help from Clinical Psychologists and the organisations they work in. The intention is to consider, describe and investigate these issues with a view to finding better ways of delivering health care as part of quality improvement or clinical research. We are also wish to reflect on how best to integrate research strategies and quality improvement as part of clinical training at a doctoral level. Finally, we also hope to receive submissions on the educational and philosophical underpinnings of the learning and teaching strategies used in our training programmes.

Keynote Speakers

We are very please to announce the following Keynote Speakers, encompassing the diverse elements of this year's themes:

Professor David M. Clark, University of Oxford
Professor Steven Hollon, Vanderbilt University
Dr Rufus May, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust
Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrats

With a bespoke video presentation from Dr John Cleese. Although he is in the USA and can’t attend, John (who accepted a University of Bath Honorary Doctorate last year) is planning to make a video for the conference drawing on his personal experience of mental health problems as part of an interview with a clinical psychologist and someone with personal experience of mental health problems.


In addition to invited sessions and keynote speakers, submissions of symposia, workshops, debates, “round tables” and papers are now invited though the BPS submission system.

If you would like to submit an abstract for review you can do so through the BPS Online Submission System.

When submitting your abstract you will need to select the theme which is most applicable to your submission. Should you not have a preference as to which theme you present under, or if you would prefer the reviewers to allocate your abstract to a theme, should it be accepted, please select "Happy for reviewers to allocate to most appropriate theme".

For further information and guidance please take some time to read the GTiCP 2017 Conference Submission Policy below.

The deadline for all submissions is 23:59 on Sunday 10th September 2017.

Apex City of Bath Hotel
James Street West

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Registration fees can be found on the event booking page.

This event is organised by the British Psychological Society and administered by KC Jones Conference & Events Ltd.

Tel: +44 (0)1332 224506
Email: [email protected]


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