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Early Intervention Network Event 2018

11 December 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health members only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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An event for psychologists working with early intervention services to learn more about the current guidance, to liaise with peers and to attend sessions on relational approaches to psychosis.

The event is run by the BPS DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health and has been organised by the co-leads for Early Intervention:

  • Claire Seddon (Mersey Care NHS Trust)
  • Tina Perry (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust)
The Mechanics Institute
103 Princess St
M1 6DD

09:30 Registration
09:50 Welcome & Introduction to the Day
National Updates and Service related discussions
Alison Brabban
11:20 Coffee Brak
Supporting the delivery of Low Level Psychological Interventions: experiences from the front line
Diane Griffiths
Thomas Spencer
13:00 Lunch
How can attachment theory help our understanding of psychosis? Katherine Berry
The Cognitive attachment model of voice hearing: clinical implications
Sandra Bucci
14:45 Coffee Break
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) for psychosis
Claire Seddon & Alex Perry
16:30 Final conclusions and end to day


Alison Brabban

Alison qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990. Over the years she has worked in a number of clinical settings and has developed a special interest in the application and implementation of psychological therapies for psychosis.   She was given a visiting senior lectureship at Harvard University Medical School in 2006 and was also awarded a scholarship to the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia.   Alison now works as the National Advisor for Severe Mental Illness for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme within the Department of Health.  She is also on the group updating the NICE guideline for schizophrenia and psychosis.  

Diane Griffith

Diane Griffiths is a Clinical Psychologist currently working in Mersey Care NHSF Trust Early Intervention Service. Diane has worked across community and forensic services for over 20 years and has developed a special interest in supporting a whole team approach to psychological thinking and interventions. Diane has completed training in CBTp and is a qualified CAT practitioner.   

Thomas Spencer

Thomas Spencer is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Early Intervention at Kings College London with a specialist interest in At Risk Mental State.

Claire Seddon

Claire Seddon is a consultant clinical psychologist in Mersey Care NHSF Trust working across early intervention and community services. Claire has worked in mental health services for over 20 years and is trained in a number of psychological approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis (CBTp) and cognitive analytic therapy (CAT). Claire has recently written a couple of book chapters on the application of CAT with psychosis which are due to be published within ISPS edited books. Claire is a member of ISPS and is currently co-lead for early intervention in psychosis in the Division of Clinical Psychology within the British Psychological Society.

Alex Perry

Alex Perry is a Clinical Psychologist and CAT practitioner, having worked for 13 years with people experiencing psychosis, both directly with individuals and also with their wider network of family, friends and professionals. He was also one of the therapists in a recent case series of research study on CAT for psychosis. He has a particular interest in voice hearing and how CAT can be used to understand both the roots of these experiences and also the relationship a person has with their voices. In addition to CAT, he is also strong influenced by the Finnish Open Dialogue approach and was involved in the first trail of this approach in the UK.  

Sandra Bucci

Sandra Bucci is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester, , and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust specialising in psychosis. Dr Bucci has nearly 20 years experience in clinical research investigating the psychological processes involved in the development of psychosis and in the delivery and evaluation of complex psychological interventions to improve outcomes for people with severe mental health problems. Dr Bucci’s academic activity is focused on two main themes: i) innovations in healthcare delivery for severe mental health problems, with a focus on developing digital health interventions and examining their interface with clinician-delivered care; and ii) understanding the putative psychological mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of psychotic experiences. Dr Bucci is Editor of the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice and co-Director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Unit (C-TRU), a clinical research unit hosted by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Katherine Berry

Katherine in a senior lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in the field of psychosis.  She has over 15 years of experience in research investigating the psychological mechanisms underlying the development of psychosis and in the development, delivery and evaluation of psychological interventions to improve health outcomes for people with psychosis.  Katherine Berry specialises in attachment theory and its relationship to psychosis. 

This is a free event for members of DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health only.

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