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DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health

The Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health exists to promote the principles of recovery and social inclusion for people who experience hallucinations or altered states of mind, hold unusual beliefs, or have difficulty thinking clearly.

We also focus on the needs of those who experience severe changes in mood and difficulties in regulating their emotions or have problems managing inter personal relationship because of aspects of their personality.

Most people we work with have experienced repeated traumatic events, particularly but not exclusively in child and early adulthood.

We would like everyone to have the chance of being offered a psychological formulation of their difficulties with psychosocial-biological ways of understanding how they have come to be as they are and to have choices of how they would like to be and relate to others.

We pay attention to language and how language shapes experience and work in partnership with Experts by Experience and Carers at every level within the Faculty and have successfully co produced several documents e.g. Understanding Psychosis.

We are a very active Faculty with around 700 members nationally and internationally, and growing membership.

The core work of the Faculty is to support our members in delivering psychologically informed services that respect diversity and promote social inclusion, recovery, psychologically containing environments for all, as well as providing therapy.

We seek the views of our members via electronic surveys and asking for feedback at faculty events. We really do want to encourage active involvement and respond to the needs of members.

Current priorities

We are currently involved in influencing NICE guidance on Depression, working with colleagues from a number of organisations to develop a Personality Consensus statement, representing the BPS in the All Party Parliamentary Group on prescribed drug dependence, and representing the BPS in the Royal College of Psychiatry’s National Audit of Psychosis. With Understanding Psychosis, we hope to produce a short animated film to promote key messages and workshops based on the UP document are being developed which will be disseminated when ready. We will also be involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Applied Psychology.

In addition to representing and supporting our members and responding to consultations, our current priorities are to:

Ensure that the documents we produce are disseminated and used nationally and internationally.
Join with individuals and organisations to campaign for psychological wellbeing for all.

The PCMH strategic business plan can be found here  (update link)

Raising our voices

We are a Faculty keen to promote the British Psychological Society’s mission to harness the collective power of our members to benefit psychology and society. With this in mind we respond to as many relevant consultations as we can and influence, educate and develop the policy and commissioning of mental health services in particular. We also work closely with experts by experience to produce guidance that furthers our aims. The output from our work developing guidance, involvement in recent consultations and work with other agencies can be found here (insert link to publications).

Working in partnership

We have a long tradition of working proactively with diversity and co-producing work with service users, carers and other organisations. We have been developing our links with the Faculties, Branches, Special Interest Groups in the DCP and BPS itself. The PCMH Faculty is supported by the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) Executive in much of its work. A strong voice requires a secure base. We contribute to or jointly deliver conferences with other like-minded organisations. We have particular connections to the Hearing Voices Network in England @HVN_England and The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis @ispsuk.

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