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CPD, NEEB AGM & Scientific Meeting

04 September 2019 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 1 September

All BPS members of the Special Group for Independent Practitioners (SGIP) and the North East of England Branch (NEEB) are invited to attend the Free CPD Workshop (limited to 30 spaces), and stay for the networking event, followed by the NEEB AGM, and Scientific Meeting. There is no charge for attendance, although there is a CPD booking requirement, via the BPS website. For the AGM and Scientific meeting there is no booking requirement and no charge, but all members should bring their membership cards to enable them to register on the day.

York St John University (YSJ)
Cordukes Learning Room (No. 004)
Lord Mayor’s Walk
YO31 7EX 
Event Location: 

Registration: Café Psychologique
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Cordukes Learning Room (No. 004)

CPD Workshop: Café Psychologique 

18:00 AGM Registration and Wine Reception (Networking Opportunity) Temple Foyer of YSJ

The Annual General Meeting of the North East of England Branch (NEEB)


Temple Hall at YSJ


Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. This year saw Prince William invest Zenobia at Buckingham Palace, as Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (MBE), for services to People with Learning Disabilities and to Mental Health Treatment in London.
Considerable years of clinical and senior management experience in the NHS and Social Services in the Learning/Intellectual Disabilities field as well as in the mental health services-influencing service planning, service provision and service delivery within the profession at national and international levels. 
Zenobia is Professor at the University of West London, External Examiner to 4 post-graduate clinical and counselling courses, National Assessor for Consultant posts in the NHS, Chair and Committee Member of several British Psychological Societies. She has influenced the profession through organisational change in service delivery, service planning and service provision as well as in the teaching and training of psychologists to work more efficiently and effectively with people from Black and Minority communities. Working in partnership with, clients and carers to ensure positive outcomes for this vulnerable group has been recognised at national and international levels.
Her portrait was hung at the National Portrait Gallery in 2007, and in 2016 was afforded the recognition as a Woman of Inspiration. She is a Trustee of several organisations-including The Race Equality Foundation and acts as a Mentor to several practitioners and students.  Zenobia has received several professional Doctorates given to her by 3 different universities.

Christine Hamilton is an Occupational & Coaching Psychologist with an Honours Degree in Psychology from Cardiff University; a very experienced leadership & management development consultant working in public, private, and not for profit sectors. She is a senior consultant with Affina OD (AOD); and with EdoMidas as well as having an independent practice. She is a registered Coach with NHS Education for Scotland and as such undertakes GP and director level coaching within the NHS and other parts of the public sector.
Christine is qualified and experienced in a wide range of development techniques and psychometrics. She has held Head of OD roles in a number of public sector organisations and also been a Leadership Development Consultant with a national remit. She is Past Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology (Scotland-DOPS). 
She enjoys working with people who want to improve or regain their performance, motivations and well being. Christine uses a pragmatic combination of evidence based team interventions, psycho dynamic approaches and coaching psychology in her coaching work.
Her current projects include: 1) "Team Based Working" using evidence based diagnostics and development tool kits and materials; 2) In Depth Development Assessments to enable focus upon individual's signature strengths in the private sector; 3) Leadership Development Programmes (including for aspiring Heads of Clinical Psychology departments within the NHS Scotland); and 4) Transitions Programmes, for individuals undergoing large personal change in work and/ or having to lead others through major transitions.

Elaine Iljon Foreman is a highly regarded independent psychologist, owner of Freedom to Fly, a company that specialises in the treatment of fear of flying and other anxiety related problems. She holds an Honours Degree from Durham University, a Master’s Degree from Aberdeen University. She is Chartered, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an HCPC Registered Practitioner (Clinical) and BABCP and UKCP accredited.
Her highly specialised treatment programme is based on over 30 years of clinical experience, and her ongoing research and development of cognitive behaviour therapy. Research into the treatment of anxiety has been undertaken at Middlesex Hospital Medical School and invitations to present her findings have taken her to Europe, the Americas, Australia and the Far East. Lectures and workshops are given both nationally and internationally on an ongoing basis to professional and self help audiences.
Elaine’s many interviews on radio and T.V. programmes, along with her research results have been presented on an international platform. Her professional views are regularly sought by TV and Radio in recognition of her clinical research into anxieties and phobias. Elaine has published extensively in her specialist field.

Paul-John Griffiths holds an Honours Degree in Psychology & Law, a Masters Degree in Criminological Psychology; he is both Chartered, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Forensic). He is also a Parish Councillor within North Yorkshire with a special interest in Rural Businesses.
Paul has worked as a Forensic Psychologist within the NHS, HM Prisons, Community Treatment Facilities, and specialises in working with individuals who experience life difficulties, through drink and drugs, personality disorders, trauma, sexualised, and violent behaviour. He has presented clinical research findings throughout the UK and Europe. 
For over twenty years Paul has been in private practice providing consultancy within the civil and criminal justice systems in both the UK and Isle of Mann. Private and Public institution experience enables Paul to work with individuals, groups and systems, he is an advocate of Therapeutic Communities, and a Practitioner of Brief Strategic Therapy. 
He is experienced in Litigation, Disciplinary Procedures, Employment Tribunals and Fitness-to-Practice allegations, providing opinion with respect to due process and clinical support to practitioners undergoing such scrutiny through professional bodies or statutory regulators. 
Since 1999 Paul has provided evidence in a number of high profile cases, also provided opinion as an Independent Practitioner to the Parole Board and Mental Health Tribunals. He currently sits of the Advisory Panel to HMP Grendon, the UK’s prestigious Therapeutic Prison in Buckinghamshire, as well as an active member to BPS Committees, and Honorary Consultant to the Complex Trauma Therapist Network. Current research interests include:

  • Use of Yoga and Tai Chi within Correctional Facilities
  • Focussing and Voice Therapy for clients exhibiting heightened anxiety
  • Organic and Vegan Lifestyles and the impact on psychological wellbeing
  • Holistic Therapy: diet, health, mind, body & behaviour
  • Prohibition & Corruption: jurisprudence
  • Conflict Resolution: adolescent and adult trauma (intervention-recovery), psychological first-aid via embodied psychotherapy.

BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners and North East of England Branch cordially invite you to come and network with a range of independent practitioners at this CPD event. Take part in discussion and exploration with fellow psychologists (old friends and new contacts) on the range of practice undertaken, and important issues faced, by independent practitioners in applied psychology.

The workshop “Café Psychologique” will open with a welcome from the Special Group’s Chair, Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE (Clinical Psychologist) internationally recognised as a Woman of Inspiration, a motivational speaker and an ambassador for diversity, inclusion and acceptance. The discussion will be co-facilitated by Christine Hamilton (Occupational and Coaching Psychologist) a successful Consultant and experienced Businesswoman, designing and presenting effective business training programmes; Elaine Iljon Foreman (Clinical Psychologist) owner of the company Freedom to Fly providing an international treatment specialising in the fear of flying and other anxiety related problems. Elaine brings to the Café a breadth of Radio and TV media interview experience; and Paul-John Griffiths (Forensic Psychologist) has been an independent practitioner since 1999, providing Formal Opinion to some of the countries high profile cases.  Prior to studying in Oxford & Birmingham and later becoming a psychologist, Paul was awarded a Livewire Achievement for his entrepreneurial skills as a young businessman.

A break will be provided during the workshop and Water, Teas & Coffees available during the Café. 

The event is supported by BPS North East of England Branch and Special Group for Independent Practitioners; therefore your input is only your time and networking skills.

AGM followed by a Scientific Meeting. The AGM will be chaired by Dr Melanie Douglass of the School of Psychology and Social Sciences YSJ, and guest speakers include Professor Ian Rivers Senior Vice-Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences of The University of Strathclyde.

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

Registration information 

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