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Northern Ireland Branch 2017 Annual Conference

23 March 2017 - 24 March 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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We have been told by the owner of the hotel that back in the day our delegates used to have a sherry before dinner and discuss papers around the open fire!

We look forward to re-creating that ambience, looking back at how things were and hearing how psychological research has developed in Ireland and across the world by our members over the years.

Please see the programme tab for full details of each day's events.

Ballymascanlon House Hotel
Co. Louth

Tel: +353 (0) 42 935 8200 

Please book accommodation direct with the hotel Tel: +353 (0) 42 935 8200 

Event Location: 

The British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch (NIBPS) is pleased to be partnering with The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) in co-hosting a joint Public Lecture to open the NIBPS 2017 Annual Conference at Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 7pm. We are also working on an exhibition promoting local relevant health services related to the series of talks. Confirmation of the exhibition timing will be advised through booking reminders but the exhibition is anticipated to start at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

This event brings together a group of presentations that illustrates the importance of promoting wellbeing and mental health at every stage of life and how the way we respond to the challenges that life presents can make a big difference to how we feel, think and behave.

In the opening paper Dr Nichola Doherty from the Western Health & Social Care Trust will discuss how positive parenting can influence the health and wellbeing of both parents and children.

Next Dr Gavin Breslin from the School of Sport at Ulster University will speak about his research into how community participation in sport can enhance wellbeing.

Dr Liz Simpson also from Ulster University will bring us up to date with her research on how the effects of menopause on women’s wellbeing can be more effectively managed.

Finally Dr Frank Doyle from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland will discuss how feelings, thoughts and behaviour impact on wellbeing in older people.

You can find detailed abstracts for this session below.

This session is free to attend and open to the general public. If you would like to join us please click here, register your details and select the Open Public Event: Promoting Wellbeing and Mental Health booking option.

As part of the NIBPS 2017 Annual Conference we are hosting an Undergraduate Student Session. We are inviting undergraduate students to present posters or a 10 minute talk on psychology research they’ve done as part of their studies (e.g. a group research project or final year thesis research). This is a valuable opportunity to practice presenting psychological research for any upcoming presentations, as well as to receive feedback from Psychologists attending the conference.

Undergraduate Students presenting a poster or giving a talk will receive a discount on the conference fee which includes lunch, and afternoon refreshments. To take advantage of this opportunity simply submit a 250 word abstract outlining the research you will be presenting. To ensure your submission meets the necessary standards and for further information please refer to the NIBPS Undergraduate Submission Policy before emailing it to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Don't forget to register!

This workshop will explore the contemporary challenges of meeting the educational demands of the modern learner, with particular emphasis on how we can help communicate knowledge of Psychology to others. In a world where teaching and educational skills are becoming increasingly important for careers both within academia and beyond, we will look at what is possible beyond the traditional didactic lecture. During the three talks of this session, we will examine how to successfully bring psychology to the wider public with public engagement events, the importance of such events, and the skills necessary to teach non-specialists outside of the classroom. We will then explore the experience of developing a large-intake psychology module which is open to non-psychology students, with focus on the challenges of teaching a large and diverse student population, and the development of module assessment, including innovative group assessment.  Finally, we will turn to educational environments, where we will introduce the concept of ‘the flipped classroom’, showing how they can be used to promote student-directed active learning. The use of (freely available) personal response system apps and how they can be incorporated into teaching to engage learners with interactive contact will also be demonstrated. 

The aim of this session is to help delegates think about their teaching approaches and to encourage the development of skills necessary for effective, interactive and engaging education. It will end with a general discussion and Q&A.

You can find detailed abstracts for this session below.

This event launches the BPS guidance on non-recent (historical) child sexual abuse, the full document can be found here.  

We are delighted that Dr Khadj Rouf and Benna Waites, two of the lead authors of the guidelines shall speak to conference. 

Guest speaker - Dr Olive Buckley OBE, Clinical Director and Lead Forensic Doctor, The Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland.

'Complex Trauma and the Perversion of Care’ - Dr Liz McMonagle - looking at the implications for practice when the dynamics of e.g. denial, projection and identification colonize organizations.

This session is free to attend and open to the general public.

If you would like to join us please follow this link, register your details and select the Open Session - Guidance on the management of disclosures of non-recent (historic) child sexual abuse booking option.

NIBPS are providing a limited number of FREE places to attend this symposium which will be especially of interest to those who have an interest in/ responsibility for the provision of examination access arrangements at post-primary level. 

The symposium will be of particular benefit to Principals/ Heads of Centre, SENCos, and/or the examinations access arrangements assessor employed within the centre, and qualified teachers who are currently studying for a Level 7 or equivalent qualification in examination access arrangements. This includes teachers studying for, and holders of, an “Active” SpLD Assessment Practicing Certificate based in primary schools in Northern Ireland who are interested in branching into work in this area. Colleagues from the same school may register for more than one place. Post-primary school teachers who are not currently engaged in full time or part time employment are also eligible to register for a free place. JCQ regulations (UK) are considered, making this symposium particularly suitable for teachers working in Northern Ireland.

This session is free to attend for a limited number of teachers. If you would like to join us please click this link, register your details and select the Improving literacy standards and quality assurance in teacher-based assessments Symposium option.

Please note you will be asked provide evidence of being a teacher on arrival.

You can find detailed abstracts for this session below.


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Accommodation Rates: 

Single Room: Bed and Breakfast €85.00 per night
Double/Twin Room: Bed and Breakfast €140.00 per night 
Triple Room: Bed and Breakfast €180.00 per night

For further information, please click here.

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]


Please note, this event will be credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking, in certain circumstances we may be able to accept bookings with invoice requests.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


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