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Transpersonal Psychology addresses the spiritual nature of humankind. Unlike religion and theology, its interest centres on the mind and behaviour; hence it is a branch of Psychology. All the major spiritual and mystical traditions of the world incorporate teachings about the nature of mind and promote behavioural practices intended - amongst other goals - to bring about psychological transformations. Transpersonal psychology addresses these teachings and practices, researching their value and evaluating their relationships to ideas promulgated in Psychology.

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Taking your next steps in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Health Problems

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th March 2017 at Hilton Marble Arch, London

Using primarily experiential exercises, discussion, modelling and roleplaying, we will review progress and obstacles to applying ACT, and we will practice using ACT-based strategies to work on these obstacles. We will practice ACT work in role play, and real play, enhance therapist flexibility and openness using exercises and introduce additional methods.

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Talking About Sex

Friday 31st March 2017 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology and the Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health have organised a study day on ‘Talking about sex with patients”. The day will feature a number of presentations related to talking about sex and sexual health with patients with physical health problems.

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Although an agreed definition remains elusive, identity is a central concept in psychology as well as the related disciplines of sociology, anthropology and philosophy. 

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The Post-Graduate Workshop

The first DHP-Scotland postgraduate workshop of 2017 titled “Introduction to Behaviour Change Techniques” will take place on Thursday 23rd February before the Annual Scientific Meeting.

The workshop will run from 10am until 12noon at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ.

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Special Group for Psychology and Social Care Conference 2016:

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This week’s blog bisects a busy week for me, with BPS business taking me to Brighton, London, Edinburgh, back to London and Llandudno, and extending from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon.

My first appointments were at the Liberal Democrat Conference. I believe it is important for us, and indeed our colleagues in the other medical Royal Colleges, to be present at these events, even if little material work is done.

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A woman high jumper

The Paralympics begin today. And I loved an article by John Head, senior lecturer in prosthetics and biomechanics at the University of Salford, celebrating the fact that

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‘Standing up to Addiction: Turning Disempowerment into Empowerment’

Addictive behaviours are not restricted to use of substances and occur within a social and political context where contributing factors and consequences are far reaching. The Faculty of Addiction welcomes the renowned researcher and writer, Jim Orford, to lead a discussion which will prove relevant to clinical, community and social psychologists amongst others. The presentation will explore how friends, colleagues and family members of those in addiction can stand up to addiction.

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I have to confess a personal interest. In a few days time, my son, like many thousands of others, will be going to university. Distressingly, this means beginning what may well be a lifetime of debt. The psychological consequences are potentially serious.

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As I’m technically on holiday, I’m cheating very slightly this week, with an edited snippet from my book.

I commute to work by car and unfortunately drive for quite long distances on motorways. So my journey to work (like, I suppose, everything else in life) depends on the operation of the laws of physics.

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I thought, last week, that the political world could not get any more turbulent. But events in the South of France, in the USA, in Turkey, and even here in the UK, proved me wrong.

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The world is still in shock after the horrific events in Orlando last weekend, which left many peop

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Lisa Cameron MP and Norman Lamb MP at the launch event