The psychological wellbeing of serving military personnel and veterans

This one-day conference is an opportunity to share and develop understanding of key psychological applications and interventions that can be used to support the wellbeing of military personnel pre, during, and post deployment and for veterans thereafter.


There will be three themes to the day, each of which will be chaired by a prominent specialist within the relevant area:

Theme 1: Psychological wellbeing - Training & Workplace Support
What interventions are being made to ensure that personnel are best equipped to maintain performance in challenging situations? 

Theme 2: Psychological wellbeing - Serving Military personnel
What psychological interventions can be made during deployment and what other psychological factors affect behaviour in theatre?
Theme 3: Psychological wellbeing - Veterans
Inevitably, veterans continue to need support long after they have left the Services. What lessons have been learnt?

Keynote address: Professor Simon Wessely

Professor Simon Wessely is a leading figure in various aspects of military health and is director of the Kings Centre for Military Health Research Unit, King's College London.

Provisional Programme

Please note this programme has changed since originally published. The latest version is shown here.

09.00 Registration

Theme 1: Psychological wellbeing - Training and Workplace Support
Theme Leader - Fiona Butcher

09.30 Lecture 1: Selecting, training and treating young soldiers; How the Army Medical Services provide an Occupational Mental health Service - Col. McAllister

10.00 Lecture 2: Promoting positive pressure - Meera Nayyar

10.30 Lecture 3: Army Chaplains and their wellbeing - Paul Cawkill 

11.00 Roundtable Discussion 

11.30 Keynote Speaker: Military Mental Health: Myths and Realities  - Prof Simon Wessely 

12.00 Lunch with Poster Session

Theme 2: Psychological wellbeing - Serving Military Personnel 
Theme Leader - Prof Jamie Hacker Hughes 

13.00 Lecture 1: Dr Rachel Norris
13.30 Lecture 2: The Role of Risk in the Health Behaviours of Military Personnel in the United Kingdom Armed Forces - Dr Neil Verrall 

14.00 Lecture 3: TRiM - 16 years on & still going strong - Major Cameron March 

14.30 Roundtable Discussion 

15.00 Refreshment Break with Poster Session

Theme 3: Psychological wellbeing - Veterans 
Theme Leader - Brigadier (Retd) Mark Noble RM 

15.30 Lecture 1: A brief history & prelimenary outcomes of the 6 week PTSD treatment programme at Combat Stress - Dr Imogen Sturgeon-Clegg (Combat Stress)

16.00 Lecture 2: Picking up the pieces, the Veterans outreach Support (P) Process - Dr Morgan O'Connell (VOS(P)) 

16.30 Lecture 3: A Personal Reflection - Dr Margaret Evison 

17.00 Roundtable Discussion 

17.30 Closing Remarks 

All times and speakers are subject to change.

More information on each speaker is available on the booking site.

Target audience

The conference is cross-disciplinary and will be of interest to clinical, counselling, health and occupational psychologists as well as military personnel and civilians working closely with the military e.g. the NHS, charities, emergency & prison services.

Booking information


Early Bird rate until 8 October 2012:
• Society members: £96 (£80 + VAT)
• Society non-members: £134.40 (£112 +VAT)

After 1 October 2012:
• Society members: £114 (£95 + VAT)
• Society non-members: £162 (£135 +VAT)

How to book


Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
GU15 4PQ

The postcode for the purposes of satnav units (which should not be solely relied upon) is GU15 4PQ.

By Rail
The nearest station is Camberley, on the London Waterloo line. An alternative is Blackwater station on the Reading-Gatwick line. Both are within easy walking distance of the RMAS.

By Car
The main entrance of the Academy, the Staff College gate, is on the A30 (the London Road) opposite Camberley town centre.

Please note: You will need to supply your car registration number during the booking process to enter RMA Sandhurst. The car park is a short walk to the training rooms.

Thu, 15/11/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

01332 227775

Society's Wessex Branch