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January 2018

Parliamentary launch for screen use behaviour change paper

The briefing paper 'Changing behaviour: Children, adolescents and screen use' was launched last week at a joint event with the Mental Health Foundation at the Houses of Parliament. Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Mental Health Spokesperson for the SNP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Psychology, hosted the event.

During theThe briefing paper 'Changing behaviour: Children, adolescents and screen use' was launched last week at a joint event with the Mental Health Foundation at the Houses of Parliament. Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Mental Health Spokesperson for the SNP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Psychology, hosted the event.

During the event we also signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Mental Health Foundation, to work in partnership to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Read more and download the briefing paper here.

Membership renewals 2018

Renewal information was sent to members in December. In order to continue to receive your member benefits please renew your membership by 31 January 2018. Member benefits will be suspended on 6 February.

Please note; if you pay by direct debit no further action is needed unless your bank details have changed.

Non direct debit payers can make payments in the following ways - via our new automated payment line (+44 1302 897012) to make a payment using your debit/credit card (24 hours a day), annual or quarterly direct debit, via our secure online payment facility, by cheque, or bank transfer.

We look forward to you renewing your membership.

Want to write for The Psychologist?

There has never been a better time to contribute to The Psychologist. Here is what they are looking for, including some current topics of interest, 'my lost finding', the night, animals, scientific collaborations and more.

Click here to find out more.

Two BPS grant schemes are currently open

These are the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme and the Postdoctoral Conference Bursary Scheme.

More information on all our grants and awards can be found on our website.

Member Data update 2018

Improved member data enables us to develop a fuller profile of the profession, be more influential on workforce planning issues and develop new resources and services that meet members' needs. It also helps us access member expertise.

The data will be anonymised and made available for internal use for release to third parties as aggregated data on a case by case basis. No individual will be identifiable by any of the data. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Take part in the survey.

Psychology Research Day 2018

This year's event will take place on Thursday 15 March at Senate House, University of London.

The day is specifically for postgraduate and early-career research psychologists and will feature talks, advice clinics, library tours and much more. It will be a unique opportunity to meet and learn about research skills, resources and support networks.

The event is free but booking is required. For more information and to book your place please visit the event web page.

Power Threat Meaning Framework

The DCP have published a report offering a new perspective on why people experience mental distress.

The Framework was launched at an event earlier this month and was written by a group of senior psychologists and high profile service user campaigners.

For more information and to download the report visit our website.

Get involved with the Society

We have a new page for job vacancies at the Society, service contracts and voluntary posts.

We have several vacancies for voluntary posts open. We are looking for nominations for President 2019-2020. There are board and committee vacancies including Research Board Postdoctoral Representative, Standing Conference Committee members and ordinary members for the Professional Practice and Research Boards.

Student Members - have you recently graduated?

If you have now successfully completed a Society-accredited under-graduate degree or conversion course, we encourage you to upgrade to Graduate Membership.

Applying to upgrade is easy as you can apply online

We will, of course, need you to upload a copy of your academic transcript. On receipt of your application one of our membership team advisors will email you requesting the Graduate membership fee; £67 for recent graduates, and £36 for postgraduate students who are not earning a taxable income.

Two new reviews from our Psychological Testing Centre

The latest tests to be reviewed by our Psychological Testing Centre are the Risk Type Compass (published by Psychological Consultancy Ltd) and the Employee Thriving Index (published by The Talent Enterprise).

More information on the tests can be found on our website.

The BPS Committee on Test Standards  is carrying out a survey on the retention, storage and destruction of test materials used by psychologists and other test users. 

The results will help to inform future BPS policy and guidance on the retention, storage and destruction of all test materials. To respond to the survey, please click here.

Research into patient safety

Dr Mark Forshaw, Chair of BPS Membership and Standards Board, is the psychologist member of the steering group for a James Lind Alliance project run by Imperial College, London. The steering group is tasked with looking at patients', carers' and health professionals views of priorities for research into patient safety.

It is important to include the views of practitioner psychologists. Here is a link to a brief survey.  It will take just a few minutes of your time.

Scientific meeting and Scottish AGMs

Members are invited to the Scottish Branch AGM, followed by the scientific meeting and networking event in Edinburgh on 9 March 2018.  The event is free and open to members of the Society only.  No registration is required, you will need to present your membership card to gain entry.

For more information visit the event web page.

First Society document published in Welsh

The new edition of the BPS Practice Guidelines has now been published in Welsh.  We are hoping to publish the Code of Ethics and the Code of Human Research Ethics in Welsh in the future, when they are due for revision.

More information on the Practice Guidelines and a link to the document can be found here.

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