Understanding depression: The bigger picture

09 May 202410:30am - 12:30pm
  • Clinical
  • Depression
  • Mental health
From £30 +VAT
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This webinar provides you an opportunity to hear from three of the report authors and an individual with lived experience to understand more about their perspective for greater recognition of the interpersonal, social and societal drivers and how we can intervene in some of these through psychological and social therapies and social action.  

You will be able to hear more about the report and the challenges around insufficient recognition of the contribution of life-events, social circumstances and societal factors (e.g., inequalities) to causing and maintaining depression.  

The deliverers aim to broaden awareness of social determinants in relation to depression which will impact understanding and formulation skills (where applicable). The webinar will also help you to seek a wider range of responses to depression. The perspectives encourage people to think about available therapy models and the importance of co-production.  


Target Audience

This webinar will be suitable for you if you;  

  • Want to better understand the key messages of the DCP Understanding Depression document 

  • Work in roles within, but not limited to, education, health and social care and other support roles 

  • Work in psychology based roles (including but not limited to Psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists, educational, occupational and community psychologists). You may already have some training in depression but you may find value in learning more about the new perspective described in Understanding Depression 

  • Are at any stage of your career 

There are no pre-requisites in knowledge or experience to attend the webinar.

Learning outcomes

 By the end of this two-hour webinar, participants will:   

  • Better understand and be able to explain depression as described in the BPS Understanding Depression report, and be able to identify its relevance and impact in their lives and roles  

  • Be aware of a greater range of ways to respond to depression (with implications for anxiety and other mental health issues) and be equipped to begin implementing in their lives and roles 

  • If formulating is part of their role, they will understand more about how to include consideration of social environments and the operation of power in people's lives and how to prioritise collaboration with service users and the service users' social network with their consent 



This webinar is being delivered by three of the co-authors of the DCP Understanding Depression guidance, in collaboration with Joe Tudor, founder of Reconnect Wellness Club

Dr Gillian Bowden, MBE, AFBPsS, C.Psychol 

Gillian worked in the NHS for more than 30 years. She mainly worked in adult mental health and primary care NHS settings and is an honorary senior lecturer with the University of East Anglia where she taught on the Clinical Psychology training programme. Gillian is interested in coproduced approaches to service delivery that engage with people in the context of their communities, and she now supports a Social Enterprise community club which offers services to people who feel experience depression. She is also interested in wellbeing at work and how people manage demanding aspects of work and which factors they find rewarding or protective against stress. Gillian was awarded an MBE for services to mental health in Norfolk in 2009. Gillian is a British Wheel of Yoga recently qualified yoga teacher. 

Dr Sue Holttum, PhD, AFBPsS, C.Psychol 

Sue works four days per week at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, and one day per week at the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). During her PhD on the psychology of depression), Sue drew on her own earlier experience of severe depression and receiving treatment in the mental health system, as well as beginning to get acquainted with a broad and ever-increasing research literature. Sue supervises doctoral research projects on a range of topics from art therapy to staff wellbeing and mental health treatment and recovery. Sue works with Experts by Experience at Salomons on research consultation. Sue's work with art therapists has most recently involved leading on the research underpinning new BAAT guidelines on art therapy for people with a psychosis-related diagnosis. Sue wrote a regular Research Watch feature for the journal Mental Health and Social Inclusion for over 10 years, winning awards. 

Dr Rashmi Shankar, C.Psychol 

Rashmi Shankar is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. She holds academic degrees from the University of Delhi (India) and she qualified as a clinical psychologist in the UK before completing the DPhil research on the psychosis spectrum at the University of Oxford (Experimental Psychology). Within the NHS Rashmi's clinical psychology practice has spanned over 30 years and she is the Clinical Lead for psychological therapies services within the locality CMHT, where she offers psychological assessment and therapy (for anxiety and depression presentations) and supervises applied psychology and medical trainees. Rashmi has a special interest in Cultural Adaptations in CBT (CA CBT) and she has pioneered the delivery of clinical psychology assessments and CACBT interventions in a multi-lingual context (English, Hindi and Urdu). Additionally, a programme of Bilingual Outreach sessions on stress, anxiety and depression offered to local minority ethnic community organizations remained popular. Rashmi has taught on the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology and on doctoral training programmes at (Southampton, Bath and Cardiff). Rashmi has delivered talks at international events and is the CBT Course Tutor for medical trainees within her employing Trust.  

This workshop will be delivered on Zoom via BPS Learn. The link will be available to registered learners on BPS Learn, and it will also be emailed to everyone registered.


Price: £50.00 (+ VAT)  
Members: £30.00 (+ VAT)



Please note: Online bookings will close at 10.30am on 8 May 2024. Places won't be available after this point and only those registered will be allowed into the session. 

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