Welcome to the Member Update. This is one of the ways in which we keep you informed of our latest news and events.
This will be the last structural review update of 2016 and it's my last chance to share the latest progress before the Christmas break.
This time I want to focus on geography and share our latest thinking on our regional and national branches. Our local branches are an extremely important part of our Society – every member automatically becomes part of their local branch when they join. They are a key place for members to meet up with and network with other local psychologists and attend BPS events.
December 10 was Human Rights Day and we joined our partners from the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations to support the United Nations call to “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today”.
You should shortly be receiving a copy of the new style Psychologist through your letterbox. In addition to a more compact size and higher production values, we have introduced new formats and are beginning the transition to a different style of writing. Overall we are aiming for a quality, professional, calm, assured, tactile and engaging reading experience!
The International Union of Psychological Science are looking for a new editor to oversee their recently relaunched web portal. Working alongside a group of volunteers affiliated to IUPsyS members, they will be expected to maintain Psychology Resources around the World following completion of a review of existing content. Further information on this role can be found on the IUPsyS website.
We are currently undergoing a consultation process with regards to the Society’s Practice Guidelines and Code of Ethics. If you are interested in contributing to the consultation, the draft documents and response forms can be found on the Internal Consultations web page. The deadline for responses is 18 January.
Society members who meet the relevant criteria are now eligible to apply for EuroPsy at no additional cost. Representing the European benchmark standard of psychological knowledge and skills, EuroPsy does not grant a licence to practise itself, but facilitates the mobility of qualified professionals across the continent. More information and application forms can be located on the EuroPsy web page.
Two seminars, funded by the BPS Research Board, are set to be held in spring to discuss more creative ways in which the challenges faced by young people with ongoing pain can be studied. The University of Stirling will hold a one day event on 3 March before a two day seminar at the University of Bath on 19 and 20 April.
These will be free to attend, with more information and details on how to book available on the relevant university web pages.
PDC searching for reviewers
The Professional Development Centre are enhancing the review process for all proposals and submissions received. To aid with this change we are seeking voluntary reviewers to support the work of the PDC by peer reviewing submitted proposal abstracts, assuring the quality of workshops and offering advice to ensure that the Society’s values are upheld.
If you are interested in contributing as a reviewer please register your interest here.