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Clinical psychologist receives Practitioner of the Year Award

10 February 2017

Anne Cooke is to receive the Practitioner of the Year Award from the British Psychological Society’s Professional Practice Board.

The award recognises in particular her public-facing work to make available good quality information about mental health.

Most recently she edited the Society’s major public information report Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, leading a group of eminent contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had experienced psychosis.

Understanding Psychosis has been translated into Swedish, Spanish and Japanese. It is used in numerous countries around the world including the American Veterans’ Administration. Together with its predecessor, Understanding Bipolar Disorder, to which Anne also contributed, it has been credited with helping increase public understanding of these mental health problems and of what can help.

She continues to promote the key messages of Understanding Psychosis to professionals, service users, carers and the public at home and abroad.  She is also engaged with colleagues in the Discursive of Tunbridge Wells project which aims to open up debates about key issues in mental health and clinical psychology via a blog site and a series of podcasts.

Anne said:

“I am delighted to receive this award which recognises the work that colleagues and I have been doing to make available good public information about mental health, and to ensure that the public conversation is informed by a psychosocial perspective. I am particularly proud to be doing this work in collaboration not only with other psychologists but also with people who have personal experience of the issues concerned.  I would like to dedicate this award to the many service users and survivors I have met in the course of my career, whose perspectives have challenged me and have hugely influenced my ideas about psychosis, about mental health more generally, and about how clinical psychologists can be best be useful.”

Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society, said:

“Anne is responsible for some of the most innovative and influential pieces of work developed and promoted by the BPS. The scope of ‘Practitioner of the Year’ obviously encompasses the day-to-day, one-to-one, work of very many applied psychologists, all of which is supremely valuable. But professional practice that touches on the lives of many thousands – even millions – of members of the public has particular merit. Anne has been particularly effective in prosecuting with great success BPS policies and initiatives which speak to the general public with the aim of triggering major policy changes. 

She is an asset to the profession, and I am proud to call her a colleague."

Anne Cooke is Clinical Director of the clinical psychology programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Chartered Member of the BPS.  She has worked clinically in local NHS services, psychology services in psychiatric hospitals and mental health teams.  

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