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Children and Young People: Applying Psychology to Make a Difference

19 September 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Perth
This event is free and open to BPS members only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

This interdivisional event focuses on children and young people through a selection of topics presented from the perspectives of clinical, educational, forensic, health, occupational and counselling psychology, as well as neuropsychology. 

Speakers include Dr Simon Smith, Maura Kearney, Laura Middlesworth, Eilidh Corral, Steven Evans, Kate Reid, Emma Parry and Dr Liam Dorris.  Presentations will cover:

  • Gender identity development in children and young people
  • Supporting mental health in our schools
  • Sexually harmful behaviour in young people
  • Scaling out of a UK adolescent peer-led smoking prevention intervention to address global health challenges
  • Young people’s school to work transitions
  • Neuropsychological insights into the learning and socio-emotional development of young people with neurological and neurodevelopmental difficulties

Registration deadline: 15 September

A.K. Bell Library
Souter Theatre
2 - 8 York Pl
Perth PH2 8EP
Event Location: 

10:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking
10:30
Welcome
Janet Fraser, Chair DOP Scotland
 
Neuropsychological insights into the learning and socio-emotional development of young people with neurological and neurodevelopmental difficulties.
Dr Liam Dorris, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow
 
Supporting Mental Health in our Schools.
Maura Kearney, Lauren Middlesworth and Eilidh Corral. Glasgow Psychology Service 
 
‘Scaling out’ of a UK adolescent peer-led smoking prevention intervention to address global health challenges.
Dr Kate Reid, University of Glasgow
 
Young People's School to Work Transitions: Applying Occupational Psychology to the Theory of Possible Selves.
Emma Parry, University of Sheffield
 
Mini-plenary 1 
 
Lunch and Poster Session
Sexually Harmful Behaviour in Children and Young People.
Stephen Evans, NHS Greater Glasgow
 
Engaging parents in therapeutic work with children and young people: a counselling psychologist's perspective of working with children and families in an independent setting.  
Dr Flora Maclay, First Psychology Edinburgh
 
Gender identity development in children and young people.
Dr Simon Smith, NHS Greater Glasgow
 
Mini-plenary 2 
 
Closing Remarks
15:40
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* The speaker order will be announced later.

Dr Liam Dorris, Sponsored by the Division of Neuropsychology – Scotland
Neuropsychological insights into the learning and socio-emotional development of young people with neurological and neurodevelopmental difficulties.
Liam is a Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow. He leads the paediatric neuropsychology service at RHC which provides assessment, intervention and consultation for children and young people with a range of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr Dorris also leads a clinical research group looking at cognitive and psychosocial issues in neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions and has published more than 50 studies in international journals. His recent work on the neurodevelopmental impact of early exposure to anaesthesia (GAS study) was published in the Lancet, whilst another project delivered a successful multi-centre RCT group therapy for young people with epilepsy leading to changes in routine clinical care (PIE study). He is currently working with colleagues in Glasgow and UCL to develop assessment methods able to detect reliable changes in cognitive function amongst children with severe neurodisability treated with new precision medicine therapies. Dr Dorris has held a range of leadership roles in the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and has contributed to teaching and training in applied psychology for over 20 years. 
This talk will present evidence from contemporary neuroscience alongside the speakers 20 years of clinical experience on the causes, presentations and support needs of children and young people with a range of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders. Mental health issues such as how severe trauma can exert a psychological and neurological impact on the developing brain will be discussed alongside the problems with social isolation and autonomy gaps children with common conditions such as epilepsy can experience. We will consider how these experiences and conditions can affect educational attainment and social experience, often in subtle yet significant ways that are hard to observe in everyday interaction. The talk will also consider the latest evidence around adolescence and cognition with an emphasis on how empathy and advanced thinking skills can present at this important life stage. There will also be space for discussion and reflection on themes that the audience feel impact within their own professional working and context.
 
Stephen Evans, Sponsored by the Division of Forensic Psychology – Scotland 
Sexually Harmful Behaviour in Children and Adolescents
Stephen is primarily employed as a Forensic Psychologist within Glasgow CAMHS services providing support to children and young people with conduct and offending behaviour issues. He has a specialist role supporting Glasgow City Council Services working with children with sexually harmful behaviour. He has previously served as Chair of DFP Scotland and other roles within the BPS. He provides expert testimony on risk assessment in the High Court of Scotland as an Accredited Risk Assessor, and has published research in the area of risk assessment and interventions for offending behaviour. He previously, worked in the Scottish Prison Service and began his career working in front-line residential care before falling back into psychology. A member of the trade union movement and elected as a shop steward for UNISON.
 
Maura Kearney, Lauren Middlesworth and Eilidh Corral, Sponsored by the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology
Supporting Mental Health in Our Schools
 
  • Maura Kearney BA (Hons); PGCE; MPhil; MSc; CPscyhol
Maura is a Depute Principal Psychologist in the South of Glasgow.  Maura has worked as an Educational Psychologist for 17 years and prior to that taught in Secondary Schools and Further Education.  Her strategic remits are largely related to the development, training, research and quality assurance of Nurture and Nurture Groups.  Maura has written several published peer reviewed articles on these topics as well as contributed to the development of a self-evaluation document (How Nurturing Is Our School?) and a children’s consultation tool, ‘Nurturing Me’.  The latter attracted two Scottish Government grants to support its development.
 
  • Lauren Middlesworth MSc; CPsychol
Lauren is an Educational Psychologist working in the city of Glasgow. As part of her strategic remit Lauren is a core member of the services Mental Health City Lead Group. Using universal, whole school strategies and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students, this group aims to promote positive mental health in all school staff and students and to support school communities to recognise and appropriately respond to mental ill health. 
Working with colleagues in NHS GGC Health Improvement Lauren is currently supporting the roll out of ‘What’s the Harm training’, which aims to see school staff across the city trained in self-harm awareness. This training is part of a suite of materials and resources that the team are able to deliver within school environments. 
Within academic year 2019-20 the team will also work to support local schools to develop their own Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Policies which will describe the school’s approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in all staff and students as well as increasing understanding and awareness of common mental health issues and alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health. 
 
  • Eilidh Corral MA (Hons); PGDE; MSc; CPscyhol
Eilidh is an Educational Psychologist working within the North West of Glasgow.  Eilidh is the lead for the Mental Health City Lead Group as well as supporting schools at the individual child and whole school level.  Eilidh has an interest in supporting self-harming behaviours and previously wrote a thesis on secondary school staff’s views on pupils self-harming behaviors.  She has previously contributed to a number of city lead groups including Nurture, Child Protection and Learning and Teaching across the city.
This year the Mental Health City Lead Group will focus on continuing supporting the delivery of ASIST training, supporting schools with mental health policies and rolling out “What’s the harm training” to schools and other partner agencies.
 
Dr Flora Maclay
Engaging parents in therapeutic work with children and young people: a counselling psychologist's perspective of working with children and families in an independent setting
Sponsored by the Division of Counselling Psychology – Scotland
Flora is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist who has worked in independent practice with First Psychology for 12 years. Her therapeutic work covers all ages and developmental stages but she has a special interest in working with children and families. This interest has led Flora to integrate several different therapeutic models into her practice including systemic thinking, psychodynamic principles, CBT and mindfulness. Within First Psychology Flora has developed a children and families service in response to the increasing demand of families looking to access psychological support independently. A significant part of her role now is supporting other psychological practitioners both through clinical supervision and the establishment of a strong peer supervision network.
 
Emma Parry, Sponsored by the Division of Occupational Psychology – Scotland
Young People's School to Work Transitions: Applying Occupational Psychology to the Theory of Possible Selves
Emma is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (HCPC registered) who has worked on a range of national and European projects over the past 20 years in the field of diversity and employment within a small business in Sheffield. Emma is in the final stages of her PhD at the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, exploring young people’s transitions from education to employment using a critical discursive psychological approach. Emma’s research has explored the experiences of young people who are choosing to go directly to work from school or further education college to work, rather than going to university. In addition, her research has explored managers’ perceptions of young people entering the workplace directly from school. Emma is interested in the way we talk about young people in our society and how this may impact on young people’s subsequent experiences in the workplace. Emma is the Convenor of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Working Group on Youth Employment and is committed to getting the message out that youth employment issues are also Occupational Psychology issues.
 
Kate Reid, Sponsored by the Division of Health Psychology – Scotland
‘Scaling out’ of a UK adolescent peer-led smoking prevention intervention to address global health challenges.
Kate is a Lecturer and Health Psychologist appointed in both the School of Education (People, Place and Social Change Research Group) and School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow.  Her teaching and research takes place at the intersections between education, medicine and psychology.  She is a pluralist researcher but her starting point involves using a variety of qualitative techniques and recent innovations in the field such as photo-elicitation, to uncover and document the complex narratives associated with lived experiences.  These lived experiences range from adjusting to chronic illness, resilience in later life, lifelong learning and wellbeing, and post-graduate adjustment to studying abroad.  As well as offering teaching, supervision and research in Psychology, she occupies a role within the community building team for PhD students in the School of Education.   
 
Dr Simon Smith, Sponsored by the Division of Clinical Psychology – Scotland
Gender identity development in children and young people
Simon is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Young People’s Gender Service based at the Sandyford in Glasgow. This is Scotland’s service for children, young people and their families who are questioning and / or feel discomfort about their gender identity and is provided by a multi-disciplinary team. Simon has worked in services for children and young people in Glasgow for the last 13 years. Alongside this clinical role, Simon is the Clinical Practice Lead on the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People, University of Edinburgh.
 

Learning outcomes/event objectives:

  • Raise awareness of developments/activity pertaining to children and young people
  • Explore the contribution of different areas of psychology to this 
  • Facilitate interdivisional communication and highlight opportunities for collaborative working

This is a free event for members of The British Psychological Society only.

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