Special Group for Psychology and Social Care - Annual Conference & Annual Strategy Meeting

27 June 202410:00am - 4:30pmLondon
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Special Group for Psychology and Social Care


The co-ordinating theme of the Annual Conference is Valuing Past Voices and will feature a Keynote Presentation entitled Reminiscence Therapy for Older Adults: Something for Everyone given by Professor Sunil Bhar from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. 

In addition, there will be an Invited Presentation entitled: The Inaudible Bereaved: A Critical Narrative Analysis of the Voice of the Bereaved Syrian Refugee in the UK given by Dr Meherangiz Press from Regent's University, London & West London NHS Trust, UK.

The Annual Conference will be followed in the afternoon by the Annual Strategy Meeting (which replaces the previously named Annual General Meeting), at which the Annual Reports will be discussed, the Strategy for 2024-2025 will be presented and the Events and Activities programme will be outlined.

The event is designed to be a face-to-face meeting and opportunities for networking with colleagues will be included in the overall programme.


This event will be held at:

  • The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
    Wimpole Street

The RSM is conveniently situated in central London, on the corner of Wimpole Street and Henrietta Place (almost opposite the back doors of John Lewis).

The main entrance is at 1 Wimpole Street and it is easily accessible from a number of mainline train stations, as well as being close to several tube stations (Bond Street and Oxford Circus are a 5-minute walk), and there are bus routes with stops nearby. The building has lifts to all main floors and is wheelchair accessible.  

For those unable to travel to central London, arrangements will be made for online participation (by Zoom) also. 

Get in touch

For any queries please contact [email protected].


Professor Sunil Bhar

Sunil Bhar is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology, and has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years.

For over 13 years, he has been director of the Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults, Swinburne University's mental health counselling clinic for older adults living in residential aged care homes. 

He leads research on the application of reminiscence and cognitive-behaviour therapies for older people. He has won over $10 million in research grants, and is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapies.

He worked with Aaron Beck for a number of years to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive-behaviour therapy for late-life depression and suicide ideation.

Dr Meherangiz Press

Meherangiz Press is a counselling psychologist interested in the intersections of psychology, politics and mental health.

She works full-time in the NHS and runs a small private practice.

In her current role she leads the chronic pain pathway in a clinical health psychology service in Ealing, London. 



10.00-10.30 - ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION (Coffee/Tea available)

Chair: Emeritus Professor Ken Laidlaw, University of Exeter, UK

10.30 - Welcome & Opening Remarks - Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE - Chair - PASC


Professor Sunil Bhar - Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Reminiscence Therapy for Older Adults: Something for Everyone (delivered as a live online presentation)

11.45 - Questions & Discussion


Dr Meherangiz Press - Regent's University, London & West London NHS Trust, UK

The Inaudible Bereaved: A Critical Narrative Analysis of the Voice of the Bereaved Syrian Refugee in the UK

12.45 - Questions & Discussion

13.00 - LUNCH


Chair: Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE, London, UK

14.00 - Welcome to the Annual Strategy Meeting, Special Group for Psychology and Social Care (formerly known as Annual General Meeting)

Agenda (as previously circulated)

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Annual General Meetings (None)
  4. Annual Reports 2022-2024
  5. Membership Questionnaire
  6. Revised Committee Structure
  7. Change of Name of the Special Group
  8. Events &Activities Programme 2024-2025
  9. Nominations for Committee Positions
  10. Vote on proposals from items 6 and 8


16.30 - Depart


  • Non-Members: £60
  • BPS Members: £40
  • PASC Members: £30
  • Students/affiliates: £20
  • Online only: £15

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