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Psychopharmacology and Therapy - an uneasy relationship
This is an interactive and experiential workshop which includes information on prescribed drugs, their effects both wanted and unwanted, and how drugs interact with therapy. The issue of when and why drugs are compatible with therapy and when they are not, encourages participants to critically consider assessment and decision making. It uses case studies to promote reflection on practice, highlights important research findings and promotes discussion of professional liaison issues and ethical dilemmas. There is an opportunity for participants to raise their own concerns and discuss them with other psychologists from a variety of practice settings. Research findings from an object relations perspective will be utilized in order to provide participants with a different understanding of the role of drugs and prescribing.
09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends
This workshop is intended for counselling, clinical, forensic or health psychologists. Trainees on doctoral courses or the independent route who are in the later stages of training and have some therapeutic experience.
A reading of the following literature is advantageous though not a pre-requisite:
- The interface between psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches. Chapter 32 Handbook of Counselling Psychology 3rd Edition 2011.
- sychopharmacology: a primer. Chapter 16 The Trainee Handbook. 3rd Edition 2011
Learning outcomes and objectives
- Develop knowledge of psychotropic drugs
- Understanding of how drugs affect therapy
- Developing professional authority
- Ability to critique medical and therapeutic models
- Increased understanding of psychodynamic processes
Facilitator: Dr Dianne Hammersley CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Dr Diane Hammersley is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist practicing independently as a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and expert witness in child care proceedings. Having worked in a clinical and research team concerned with dependence on prescribed medication, she ran workshops around the UK. Later her doctoral research explored therapists’ experience of clients who had been taking medication, how that impacted on the therapeutic process and how medication might be viewed more realistically and metaphorically. She is a former Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology and Chair of the Board of Examiners. In 2006, she received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Counselling Psychology.
Non-Society Member: £234 (£195 + VAT)
Society Member: £156 (£130 + VAT)
DCoP Member: £126 (£105 + VAT)
Concessions: £108 (£90 + VAT)
From 1 January 2013:
Non-Society Member: £252 (£210 + VAT)
Society Member: £168 (£140 + VAT)
DCoP Member: £130 (£108.33 + VAT)
Concessions: £111 (£92.50 + VAT)
Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.
How to book:
Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.
To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.
Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314