28 March 2017
Dr Joanna North has won the Society's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice for 2017.
A researching psychologist, psychotherapist and Associate Fellow and Chartered member of the Society, Dr North set up an Ofsted Registered adoption support agency to serve the South West of England and local authorities across the UK in 2006.
Over the last 10 years she has provided services to adoptive families throughout the United Kingdom enabling them to continue to care for their children and give security and permanency to their lives.
Her agency was rated as Outstanding by Oftsed after in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Dr North was nominated for this award by Dr Janine Braier who said to the Board:
"She is able to find straightforward ways of supporting the development of reflective functioning in parents so they are able to understand their child's otherwise overwhelming difficulties as episodes of despair and upset revealed through challenging behaviour.
By offering solutions for managing children that encourage hope and self-efficacy, Dr North aims to gives adoptive parents confidence and the capacity to remain involved throughout the child's life and beyond."
Dr North said:
"It is very encouraging to receive this award and I am grateful for this recognition of my work by The Board. The agency goes from strength to strength and will continue to serve the community of adoptive parents."
Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society, said:
“One of the most important tasks of any civilised society is the protection and promotion of the psychological wellbeing of our children.
It gives me particular pleasure to see Dr North receive this award because her work aims to give a sense of meaning and purpose, a sense of self-worth and the capacity for positive relationships to children who might otherwise be thought of as vulnerable to future mental health problems. Her workrepresents the best of what psychology has to offer."
Our Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice is a mid-career award made each year to a psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to professional practice in the United Kingdom.