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SouthWest Psychologies: Stronger together through learning

18 October 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 13 October

This all day Gathering is a follow up to the very successful interdisciplinary Gathering held at the Centre in April 2018 “Public Health and Social Justice: Stronger Together.”

The purpose of this event is to encourage attendees to work together to try to break down Inter-disciplinary barriers to work, so as to influence education, training, learning and development for psychological practice and research that is inclusive, sustainable and responsive to the issues we face in our world today.

The day will be varied and informative, with plenty of time for networking and mutual encouragement across our different branches of psychology.

The Albemarle Centre
Albemarle Road
The Albemarle centre is a 4 minute walk from Taunton train station.
There is no parking onsite, but a number of close carparks within walking distance (5-10 minutes).
Click here for travel information : http://www.alblifeskills.org/uploads/7/7/4/0/77408590/albemarle_-_directions.pdf
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The programme for this event can be found at the link below:


Sarb Bajwa
Sarb is the Chief Executive of the BPS, and will be speaking on the Society and the way ahead with the current ongoing Society Review.

Emeritus Professor Irvine Gersch
Irvine is a professor of educational and child psychology interested in the voice of the child and young person as well as mentorship and coaching

Morning Keynote: Stronger together through learning and listening deeply; unparalleled opportunities for the future of the psychology profession
Are you a fox or hedgehog?
Archilochus, the ancient Greek poet, (c.680-c.645 BCE) explained that the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
This keynote for the October ’19 Gathering in Taunton will argue that we can learn so much from each other, if we work together; professional collaboration is needed to strengthen our work. We shall explore how we can, and do, work together, across boundaries. We need to be realistic and practical, and take on board the pitfalls, (such as the limits of human capacity, bias, group-think), and how we learn best. We need to embrace the new evidence about learning and the problems with old methods. One main theme will be the importance of listening deeply to others; to colleagues, other professionals as well as our clients, and most importantly of course ourselves, and to acknowledge our own needs and the support networks we require. I will discuss my work on deep listening as applied to children and young people (The Little Box of Big Questions) and decision making with adults (The Philosophical Life Compass). Finally, I will attempt to view the potential exciting opportunities for psychology in the light of developments in science, medicine, communication, technology, education, algorithms and robots, and hazard a guess at changes in professional working over the next decade.

Richard Boston
Richard is a Chartered Business Psychologist with a thorough knowledge of leadership, team performance, and psychology. He’s the author of ARC Leadership, arguing that leaders need to be Authentic, Responsible and Courageous if they and their organisations are to move from surviving to thriving in a complex world. He coaches leaders and leadership teams across the globe for household names like Gucci, Heineken,  the NHS, Siemens, and Shell, as well as SMEs, charities, governments, and various nations' armed forces.
Workshop on being Authentic, Responsible, and Courageous (ARC)

OTR: Off the Record
OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Steve Heighamn
Steve Heighman is an evolutionary/counselling psychologist with an interest in issues of climate change.


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