Welcome to the faculty of Psychosis & Complex Mental Health website.
Welcome from the Chair
Hello and welcome to the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty. If you are not already a member I hope you will join us.
What we do
This Faculty promotes the principles of recovery and social inclusion particularly for people who hear voices, hold unusual beliefs, experience hallucinations or altered states, have difficulty thinking clearly, experience severe changes in mood states or have come to have difficult inter personal relationships because of aspects of their personality. Most people we work with would have experienced repeated traumatic events particularly, but not exclusively, in child and early adulthood. We would like everyone to have the chance of being offered a psychosocial-biological way of understanding how they have come to be as they are (e.g. through psychological formulation) and to have choices of how they would like to be and relate to others. We pay attention to language and how language shapes experience.
We are a very active Faculty with a large National and growing international membership. The core work of the Faculty is to support our members in delivering psychologically informed services that respect diversity and promote social inclusion, recovery, psychologically containing environments for all, as well as providing therapy. Members share innovations in clinical practice and service developments.
Networks or special interest groups and branches of the Faculty have been established to reflect the service settings and interests of our members. We hold an annual conference in November. Each group holds at least one annual high quality continuing professional development event which are usually free of charge to Faculty members. Networks and Branches are the:
Acute & Crisis Network
Assertive Outreach Network
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Network
Early Intervention in Psychosis Network
Family Interventions Network
North East Branch
Northern Ireland Branch
Rehabilitation & Recovery Services Network
Wales Branch (in development)
Each established network has a webpage of information.
We have Faculty Leads for:
Personality or Relationship Difficulties (Personality Disorder)
We are particularly keen to have representation from Scotland, so if you hail from there please do consider taking up this role. The Faculty committee will support new members.
Working in partnership
We have a long tradition of working proactively with diversity and co-producing work with service users, carers and other organisations. We have been developing our links with the Faculties, Branches, Special Interest Groups in the DCP and BPS itself. We are supported by the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) Executive in much of our work. A strong voice requires a secure base. We contribute to or jointly deliver conferences with other like-minded organisations. We have particular connections to the Hearing Voices Network in England @HVN_England and The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis @ispsuk.
Our response to the recent BPS Member Network Subsystems Review can be found here
Raising our voices
We are a Faculty keen to promote the British Psychological Society’s mission to harness the collective power of our members to benefit psychology and society. With this in mind we respond to as many relevant consultations as we can and influence, educate and develop the policy and commissioning of mental health services in particular. Recent consultations that we have responded to, including responses to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), can be found here:
We offer small research grants for work that furthers the PCMH Faculty’s aims. Our members co-produce with service users ground breaking high quality guidance such as Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia (2014), Understanding Bipolar Disorder (2010) and A Psychological Perspective on Hoarding (2015). We strive to become more inclusive of carers, family and friends in our work. Free to download copies are available here
Paper copies can be requested from here
We would be pleased if members discussed the documents we produce in their places of work and influence. To aid this, a power point and pdf presentation of the Understanding Psychosis document, as well as a link to Editor Anne Cooke and Contributor Peter Kinderman, BPS President Elect launching the document in New York, USA can be found here
In addition to supporting our members and responding to consultations, our current priorities are to:
The PCMH strategic business plan can be found here
Become a PCMH member
Join our Faculty email discussion list by emailing [email protected]
and follow the exploits of the Faculty @PCMHbps. A newsletter is circulated at least twice a year and updates on areas of interest given through the discussion list. Faculty members are very generous with their time, knowledge and resources. If you ask a question on line you are sure to get an answer.
If you would like to become more active in the Faculty please do not hesitate to contact any one of the network leads. I sincerely hope we meet.
To facilitate quick and effective communication with members, the Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty uses an email list system. Members of the Faculty can join these email lists to receive information about the Faculty.
The Faculty has developed an e-mail discussion list for the Faculty membership. This e-mail discussion forum aims to
The Faculty has also developed an email announcement list for its membership. By joining this list, you will be kept up to date with information about the Faculty, relevant Society initiatives and forthcoming workshops. The announcement list is also used to alert members to new policy and guidance produced by the Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and other bodies
To subscribe to the discussion list, please contact the List Administrator.
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