06-07 July, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
Hear from over 80 speakers including our leading Keynotes across 2 days at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2018.
Dr Damian Milton
University of Kent & National Autistic Society (NAS)Show content
Damian works part-time for the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and for the National Autistic Society (NAS) as Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant. Damian also teaches on the MA Education (Autism) programme at London South Bank University and has been a consultant for the Transform Autism Education (TAE) project and a number of projects for the Autism Education Trust (AET). Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. Damian was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. Damian’s primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process and chairs the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). In January 2018, Damian also took up the role of Project Leader on the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT).
Dr Christina Richards
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation TrustShow content
Dr Christina Richards MSc, DCPsych, CPsychol, MBACP (Accred.), EuroPsy, AFBPsS is an HCPC Registered Doctor of Counselling Psychology and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is the incoming Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology. She is also an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Dr Richards is Lead Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Adult Gender Identity Service. She also lectures and publishes on trans, sexualities, and critical mental health – both within academia and to third sector and statutory bodies; Dr Richards is a Trustee of the National LGBT Foundation; a Co-Founder of BiUK and co-author of the Bisexuality Report. Dr Richards was selected by the executive board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to be Lead Chapter Author for Adult Assessment in the Standards of Care Version 8 (SoC v8) revision. She also represents the East Midlands to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services; and is one of the few psychologists recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, thus allowing her to prepare medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel.
Dr Richards is the Editor of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology: Counselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters and she is the co-author of the BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients and Chair of the revision task and finish group; First author of a clinical guidebook on sexuality and gender published by Sage – Richards, C., & Barker. M. (2013). Sexuality and gender for mental health professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage; First editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender; is the first editor of a multidisciplinary book about people who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female – Richards, C., Bouman, W. P., & Barker, M. J. (2018). Genderqueer and non-binary genders. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan; And is sole author of the monograph: Richards, C. (2017). [Monograph]. Trans and sexuality – An existentially-informed ethical enquiry with implications for counselling psychology. London: Routledge
Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author and International campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and suffered in silence for years until a breakdown. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family. Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.