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Psychological Perspectives on Working with the "Hard to Reach" in Psychosis

24 March 2017 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free and open to DCP PCMH members only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Despite developments in the provision of psychological services for people experiencing psychosis, there are sub-groups of service-users and their carers/families who (for multi-factorial reasons) sit on the periphery.

Sometimes this is because too many ‘obstacles’ for psychological input are identified. Sometimes this is when the evidence-based psychological input has been offered but appears to have reached an impasse.

Collectively this group of service users might be seen as the ‘hard to reach’ for many psychologists.

The programme for this event aims to review psychological perspectives on the origins & difficulities often experienced by this population (e.g. severe apathy and amotivation - "negative symptoms"), the use of psychological formulation, and adaptations / innovations in psychological therapies to better match the presenting needs across different service settings. 

Target audience

Adult mental health psychologists and other mental health staff who work in services for people experiencing psychosis.

Please see programme tab for further details

Stirling Court Hotel,
University of Stirling,

Event Location: 

  • Dr Allison Blackett

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

  • Professor Andrew Gumley

University of Glasgow​

  • Dr Hamish McLeod

University of Glasgow

  • Dr Ian-Mark Kevan

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

  • Dr Katherine Berry

University of Manchester

  • Dr Paul Hutton

Associate Professor of Therapeutic Interventions and Lead for Postgraduate Research in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at NHS Lothian

  • Dr Sean Harper

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and professional lead for the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Psychology service in NHS Lothian

09:15 - 10:15

The use of team CBT formulations to improve staff-patient relationships and outcomes for people in mental health rehabilitation settings 
Dr Katherine Berry

10:15 - 11:00

Hard to reach or out of reach? Exploring inequalities of experience and expertise
Professor Andrew Gumley and Suzy Syrett 

11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 -12:15

Current Views of the Psychological Understanding and Treating of Avolition-Apathy and Anhedonia in Psychosis
Dr Hamish McLeod

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00

Applying a Psychological Model of care to Acute In-patient environments
Dr Sean Harper

14:00 - 14:15 Break
14;15 - 15:00

Understanding impaired decision-making capacity in the context of psychosis
Dr Paul Hutton

15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:15

Implementing Social Cognition & Interaction Training
Dr Allison Blackett

Implementing Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)
Dr Ian-Mark Kevan

  • Andrew Gumley is a Chartered Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council UK, and a Professor of Psychological Therapy, as well as a leading international researcher investigating psychological interventions for people with psychosis.

Andrew developed and evaluated the first ever randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the prevention of relapse in people with Schizophrenia. Since then he has designed and lead randomised controlled trials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including young people at risk of developing psychosis, and individuals who have psychotic experiences which have not fully responded to Clozapine. He has been at the forefront of developing and piloting third wave interventions for psychosis, including Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and has also undertaken extensive research into the the importance of fear of recurrence as a block to recovery in people with psychosis. His research is funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHRHTA), Chief Scientist's Office (CSO) Scottish Government, UK Medical Research Council, the Danish Institute for Humanities Research, and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

  • Hamish McLeod is Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow, whose clinical career has focused on understanding and treating difficulties experienced by people with complex and persistent needs.

His current research work is focused on developing, testing, and scaling up complex psychological interventions that address psychosocial barriers to recovery. This includes a particular focus on specific behavioural and emotional factors that interfere with recovery from psychiatric and neurological conditions. 

  • Katherine Berry is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist who is based at the University of Manchester. Her main area of expertise is interpersonal relationships in people with a diagnosis of psychosis.

After completing her PhD exploring the relevance of attachment theory in psychosis, she obtained an NIHR funded postdoctoral fellowship to develop and evaluate an intervention to improve staff-patient relationships in inpatient mental health rehabilitation settings. She currently works as a lecturer on the clinical psychology training programme. 

  • Dr Paul Hutton is Associate Professor of Therapeutic Interventions and Lead for Postgraduate Research in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at NHS Lothian.

Paul completed degrees in psychology at the University of Glasgow and clinical psychology at the University of Manchester. He has worked clinically within the NHS for a number of years, including most recently as Principal Research Clinical Psychologist in GMW NHS Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit. Before joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, Paul was a Chancellor’s Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Paul's research interests are focused on understanding the causes of psychotic symptoms, understanding impaired decision-making capacity in the context of psychosis, and developing effective interventions to reduce psychotic symptoms and improve decision-making capacity in people who have these experiences. Paul has been a collaborator on a number of clinical trials of interventions for psychosis, and has published a number of articles on various aspects of psychosis - including empirical and meta-analytical assessment of interventions (both psychological and pharmacological) and psychological mechanisms underlying psychotic symptoms and impaired capacity. Paul is a member of Professor Jill Stavert's Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Rights and Policy here at Edinburgh Napier University, and he is also a member of a committee developing NICE guidelines on supporting decision-making for people who may lack mental capacity. 

  • Dr. Sean F. Harper is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and professional lead for the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Psychology service in NHS Lothian.

His interests are in the training, supervision and practice of psychological therapies across intensities and mental health professions for severe and complex mental health problems. He is involved in a number of associated collaborative research activities some of which will be presented at this conference in the context of the clinical application of an applied psychological model to acute in-patient mental health care in Edinburgh.

Who can attend?

This event is free and open to members of the DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health only.

To join the Faculty (cost from £10) please complete and return the form which you can find at the followng link:

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