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Research in Clinical Psychology: how we can contribute and why we should

10 August 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The event aims to highlight the benefits of engaging in research, the ways it can greatly inform clinical practice, and how individuals in different roles, and at different stages of their careers, are able to contribute to clinical research, service evaluations and audits.

A number of exciting and influential speakers who have contributed to clinical research will be presenting throughout the event to help demonstrate how beneficial it can be for individuals to actively engage in research.

This should be relevant regardless of whether you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student, Assistant Psychologist, Expert by Experience, Trainee, Researcher, Clinical Psychologist or other Mental Health Professional.

We aim to provide attendees with some ideas and a space to think about how they can contribute to research in their current roles, whilst overcoming the inherent challenges of this work in the current climate,  where finding the time and appropriate support to undertake research can be difficult. A reflective space at the end of the event will help attendees to think more about how we can overcome some of these challenges and work in partnership with Experts by Experience.

We hope that running an event at this pre-qualification level will help instil more confidence and enthusiasm about research which attendees can carry with them on their clinical journeys.

    Who is the course intended for?

    • Undergraduate and post-graduate psychology students (e.g. Clinical Doctorate Trainees)
    • Individuals currently working in clinical psychology and/or clinical research settings (e.g. Assistant Psychologists, Mental Health Support Workers, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Researchers, etc).
    • Anyone who has an interest in pursuing clinical psychology training

    Learning outcomes and objectives

    • Explore why it’s important to engage and contribute to research in clinical psychology
    • Explore how individuals in different roles and at different stages of their careers can contribute to research in clinical psychology
    • Increase awareness of clinical research, as well as improve research skills, confidence and interest at a pre-qualification level
    • Explore how individuals can work in partnership with Experts by Experience to undertake impactful research that influences clinical policy and practice
    • Reflect on how individuals may overcome the challenges of undertaking research in the midst of busy clinical work


    All delegates are invited to attend the annual general meeting which begins at 09.30. Here, the delegates will have the opportunity to meet the committee and learn more about what we do. There will also be an opportunity to express interest in joining the committee and find out what being a committee member entails if this is of interest.

    Delegates are encouraged to provide feedback and ask any any questions throughout the day. Our committee members will be identifiable and happy to help.

    BPS Offices
    30 Tabernacle Street
    EC2A 4UE


      09:00 Registration
      09:30 AGM - Open to all
      10:30 Paul Salkovskis
      11:45 Newly Qualified Clinical Psychologist / Trainee experiences and reflections of research
      12:30 Lunch
      13:15 Peter Fonagy
      14:30 Assistant(s) / Trainee (s) experiences and reflections of research
      15:15 Break
      15:30 Expert by Experience Researcher
      16:30 Panel discussion with all speakers reflecting on the day and how we can overcome challenges and work together better
      17:00 Event Close

      This event is organised by the British Psychological Society and administered by KC Jones conferences&events Ltd.

      Tel: +44 (0)1332 224507
      Email: [email protected]



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