Division of Educational & Child Psychology One-day Event - The Medicalisation of Childhood: Time for a Paradigm Shift

All of the Speaker Presentations are available below, they will also be available on the DECP website shortly.

Conference Introduction - Vian Hill

Saving Normal Slides - Professor Allen Frances

Medicating Childhood - Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Drop the Language of Disorder - Professor Peter Kinderman

Beyond Diagnosis - Professor Sami Timimi

Preparing ICD-11 - Professor Peter Tyrer

With the recent publishing of DSM 5, this timely conference will convene to Old Trafford Football Grounddiscuss and debate the implications of DSM 5 for all psychologists – including Clinical, Educational and Forensic, in respect of concerns about changes that might occur in the psychiatric diagnosis and prescribed treatment of children and young people by medical practitioners.

Keynote Speakers               

Professor Allen Frances, Emeritus Professor of Dukes University
Runaway Diagnostic Inflation, Treatment Exuberance, and DSM 5 – A Cautionary Tale

Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Senior Lecturer, University College London & Consultant Adult Psychiatrist, North East London Foundation Trust and Author of “The Myth of the Chemical Cure.” (Winner of the MIND book of the year 2009)
Medicating childhood - The increased prescribing of psychoactive drugs to children and young people

Professor Peter Kinderman, Clinical Psychology, Liverpool University
Drop the language of disorder: Less medicalising and more understanding please

Professor Peter Tyrer, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College & Editor, British Journal of Psychiatry
Preparing ICD-11: Can we learn the lessons of DSM-5

Professor Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire NHS
Beyond diagnosis: Why we don’t need diagnosis to deliver high quality effective services

Expert Panel

The DECP Medicalisation of Childhood Working Group will host an opportunity to review the issues and concerns that arise from DSM-5.
Dave Traxson, Senior Educational Psychologist, Worcester County Council
Vivian Hill, Consultant Educational Psychologist and Programme Director DEdPsy Institute of Education, University of London
Brian Apter, District Senior Educational Psychologist, Wolverhampton City Council
Professor Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire NHS


Please click here to download the programme timetable.

Booking information


  • In Training EP/CP £49*
  • DECP Members £149
  • Society Members £159
  • Non-Society Members £179 

How to book:

  • Register online using the BPS Shop Book now
  • *In Taining members of the DECP can book online. All other Trainees need to complete the registration form or call 0116 252 9555 to book using card details.
  • To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Please note, the deadline to request an invoice is 31st May 2013

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Would you like to Exhibit at or Sponsor this event? To have a presence at this highly topical event please take a look at our Sponsorship & Exhibition Booking Form



Old Trafford Football Ground (Home of Manchester United)
Sir Matt Busby Way
Old Trafford
M16 0RA

Click on these links for venue directions/travel information and complimentary car parking

Fri, 28/06/2013 -
09:00 to 17:00
Division of Educational & Child Psychology, BPS Conferences