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This week’s blog bisects a busy week for me, with BPS business taking me to Brighton, London, Edinburgh, back to London and Llandudno, and extending from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon.

My first appointments were at the Liberal Democrat Conference. I believe it is important for us, and indeed our colleagues in the other medical Royal Colleges, to be present at these events, even if little material work is done.

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The British Psychological Society is delighted at the government’s announcement today of £816m investment in many vital areas of health research including dementia, obesity and adult’s and children’s mental health.

This commitment from the Department of Health recognises the need for more funding for research into preventing mental health conditions, and other conditions which have a psychological impact, and in finding interventions that really work.

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When the dreadful news arrives that a child has cancer, understandably the focus of parents and health professionals turns to supporting the sick child as best they can. But also caught up in the nightmare are the child’s siblings. Not only will they likely be consumed by shock and fear, but they must adapt to the cancer journey the whole family has to embark on.

Official health guidance here in the UK and in the USA states that it’s important to provide support to the siblings of children with cancer. Yet the reality is we know relatively little about their experience.

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Cigarette smoking and mental health problems are highly comorbid, but it remains unclear whether these mental health problems lead to smoking, or smoking leads to mental health problems. It could be either, or both, or the relationship could be due to some third factor (e.g., socioeconomic factors). This talk will describe new methods that take advantage of recent insights into the genetic influences on both smoking and mental health that allow us to better understand whether this relationship is simply correlation, or reflects a causal influence.

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People with low self-control and people with high self-control approach the task of eating more healthily in different ways. That's the conclusion of a new study discussed on our Research Digest.

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Delegate highlights from 2015's London Conference

"An incredibly well organised and enjoyable event with an inspiring scientific programme - would highly recommend."

"Exciting, varied and friendly. The best conference to attend for high quality research in a friendly and open format. Excellent forum for lively debate, cutting edge research and lively socialising!"

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The Division of Health Psychology Scotland invites you to a one day CPD event.

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Workshop facilitators
Pam Lanza, Peter McLachlan and Ellen Townend   

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When the morning alarm carves us out of our slumber, restoring the previous night’s raspy throat and foggy head, we have a decision to make: get up and go, or call in sick. What happens next is influenced by workplace norms about whether absence is commonplace or exceptional, a current pulling us towards the office or letting us settle back into bed.

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Aims of the workshop:

  1.      To demonstrate the need for a shared method of describing behaviour change interventions
  2.      To describe the process of development of the Behaviour change Techniques Taxonomy (v1)
  3.      To illustrate the use of the taxonomy.

Each of these aims will be addressed by a brief lecture combined with a variety of active and interactive exercises.

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A free British Psychological Society public event discussing the prevention and treatment of obesity through the lifespan will take place next Wednesday 29 June from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Queen’s University Belfast.

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This workshop is designed and delivered in order to enable delegates to better identify, assess and treat sleeping problems in their clients

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Psychologists offering a clinical service to adults and young people can enhance their practice by incorporating ideas and intervention strategies from positive psychology.

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Solution focused brief therapy offers an effective and efficient approach to helping people find their motivation to achieve better quality of life living with chronic health conditions.

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If you live in Northern Ireland and are thinking of a career as a health psychologist, then you may be interested in a free seminar being held at Queen’s University Belfast on Wednesday 29 June.

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Recreational runners are more likely to listen to running shoe recommendations from potentially untrustworthy blogs and fitness store employees than qualified medical experts says a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

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The Division of Health Psychology, Northern Ireland Branch supported by The School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast are pleased to announce a Free Public Lecture in Room LG024, Keir Building, Queen’s University Belfast, Stranmillis Road

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Posters on school bullying, the consequences of traumatic burns and Parkinson's disease from last month’s British Psychological Society annual conference have been awarded prizes by the Society.

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Public and industry attention has been forced to focus on the psychological wellbeing of pilots and a lack of clinical psychological skill in aviation.

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People crave fatty and sugary foods when they are bored.

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Event information

The BPS Division of Health Psychology Northern Ireland invites you to a seminar on Careers in Health Psychology, to include discussion about the routes to qualification as a health psychologist and the type of services th

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