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London & Home Counties 2015

In the year under review the London & Home Counties Branch Committee has arranged 19 research and general talks of a high standard for members. 

All meetings were free and well received.  We extended our use of venues with talks outside London at the Cardinal Clinic in Windsor and at the University of Hertfordshire and we anticipate a meeting at Kent University this year also.

Our speakers’ titles have ranged from Critical thinking in psychology and life what students need to know, Breaking the silence around gossip and organizations, Working with attachment and trauma to Non educational barriers to the elite professions and Engaging the public with psychology.

We have continued the professional Psychology Career Talks series setting out routes to BPS Chartership for all psychology specialisms and for HCPC registration which has proved to be a valued source of contact and information.

We held two Graduate Forum meetings for recent graduates interested in taking their psychology knowledge and skills into a broader ‘marketplace’ of business and employment with information and discussion of potential options.  We plan to develop this networking/information opportunity.

To commemorate World Mental Health Day Prof. Kamaldeep Bhui presented an open/public talk on Public Health an occasion we hope to mark in coming years.

We linked with DOP for a one day open/public workshop Engage and Change with a focus on sustainability: speakers’ presentations considered employee engagement, environmental measures and business initiatives.

We continue our support for PsyPag and attended their 30th Anniversary Conference.

As ever our thanks go to all our speakers for their consistently valued presentations and for generously giving their time, knowledge and enthusiasm.

Our ongoing programme will continue to reflect and strengthen BPS Strategic goals.

Jane Butler, Secretary