The Division of Counselling Psychology promotes the interests of Counselling Psychologists across the UK.
Division of Counselling Psychology
Trainee Support Online Sessions
Thursday 22 July 2021 - 18.30 - 19.30
Thursday 23 September 2021 - 18.30 - 19.30
Thursday 18 November 2021 - 18.30 - 19.30
Following the successful sessions in 2020, this is a space for trainees around the country to get together, network, share ideas and their experiences of their training journey thus far.
The sessions are aimed at all Counselling Psychology Trainees. These events will be hosted by Ben Amponsah.
How to join the event:
Division of Counselling Psychology
Webinar: Working with Complex Trauma and Personality Disorder Presentations
Thursday 2 September, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
‘Trauma’ is a broad and often-used term.
When considering the role of trauma in the development of personality difficulties, our concept of trauma as practitioners may need to be both expanded and worked with, on multiple complex levels.
This webinar, specifically provided for Counselling Psychologists in training, will explore the role of trauma in the development of personality difficulties, specifically focusing on Emotionally Unstable/Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr Harriet Challoner
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Harriet Challoner is Chartered Counselling Psychologist currently working in an NHS secondary care Psychological Therapies Service, and in private practice. In her NHS role, Dr. Challoner specifically works within the Personality Disorder pathway, providing evidence-based therapies including DBT to clients with severe and/or enduring mental health difficulties.
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What psychological therapists should know about prescribed psychiatric drugs
Date: 15 October 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
This online event is looking at working with clients who are taking or withdrawing from prescribed drugs.
In this event we aim to discuss the issue of increasing numbers of prescriptions of psychiatric drugs, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants. While these drugs may help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that many patients report persistent withdrawal and other negative effects. The event will particularly focus on antidepressants and implications for therapeutic practice.
The event is based on the “Guidance for Psychological Therapists - Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs”. The guidance was funded and steered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), in conjunction with the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence Secretariat (all members of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP)), and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN). It is endorsed by the main non-modality specific professional bodies, including the National Counselling Society (NCS), for use by their members and relevant training organisations.
a. Introduce therapists to the broader context for the prescription of psychiatric drugs in the UK today in terms of levels, outcomes, and risks of dependence
b. Summarise the main effects, adverse consequences, possible withdrawal strategies and reactions from psychiatric drugs using antidepressants as an example
c. Support therapists in deepening their knowledge and offering practical strategies for working with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs
14:00-14:15: Introduction, Professor John Read
14:15-15:00: The evidence about antidepressants, Professor Joanna Moncrieff & Dr Mark Horowitz
15:30-16:15: The implications for therapeutic practice, Dr Anne Guy
Professor John Read
John Read is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. He has published over 180 research papers, primarily on the relationship between adverse life events and psychosis. He also researches the negative effects of bio-genetic causal explanations on prejudice, the experiences of recipients of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry.
John is Chair of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal [https://iipdw.org(link is external)] , and on the Board of the Hearing Voices Network, England [ http://www.hearing-voices.org(link is external)] He was the BPS representative on the expert advisory panel for the 2019 Public Health England’s ‘Report of the review of the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prescribed-medicines-an-evidence-review(link is external)
Dr Anne Guy
Dr Anne Guy, UKCP (Reg), MBACP (Accred) is a psychotherapist in private practice, having previously worked as lecturer at the University of Roehampton. She is a member of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry, the secretariat co-ordinator for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and an associate member of the Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal.
She is the lead editor for the “Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling Conversations with Clients Taking or Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs” created in collaboration with leading UK therapy organisations and academics.
She has co-authored articles on patients and therapists’ experiences of psychiatric drugs and reports for the APPG describing current and potential service models for supporting prescribed drug dependence in the UK. She chairs the Withdrawal Services Working Group convened to define patients’ needs and sits on the NHS Advisory Group for the NHSE&I programme considering the implementation of PHE’s recommendations for action on prescribed drug dependence.
Professor Joanna Moncrief
Joanna Moncrieff is a Professor of Critical and Social Psychiatry at University College London, and works as a consultant psychiatrist at the North East London Foundation Trust. She has been writing about the over-use and misrepresentation of psychiatric drugs since the 1990s and she has also researched and written about the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally. She is currently leading UK government-funded research on reducing and discontinuing antipsychotic drug treatment (the RADAR study), and collaborating on a study to support antidepressant discontinuation. In the 1990s she co-founded the Critical Psychiatry Network to link up with other, like-minded psychiatrists. She is author of numerous papers and her books include A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs Second edition (PCCS Books), published in September 2020, as well as The Bitterest Pills: The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs (2013) and The Myth of the Chemical Cure (2009) (Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr Mark Horowitz
Dr Mark Horowitz MBBS PhD is a training psychiatrist, with a PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London in the neurobiology of antidepressant action. He is currently a clinical research fellow at UCL, working on the RADAR trial. He co-authored the recent Royal College of Psychiatry guidance on Stopping Antidepressants, and has written several papers about safe approaches to tapering psychiatric medications including publications in The Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry and the British Journal of Psychiatry. He has an interest in rational psychopharmacology and deprescribing psychiatric medication. He has experienced the difficulty of coming off psychiatric medications first hand which has informed much of his work.
16 17 July 2021 Division of Counselling Psychology Annual ConferenceShow content
Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference
16 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
9.00am - 4.00pm
The last year has brought us many new challenges, and highlighted some existing ones. Now more than ever, the psychological professions are being called upon to share their knowledge and expertise to support the mental health fall out of a global pandemic that has left our communities with deep scars. One of those challenges has been professional and quite possibly financial.
With this in mind, we have made the landmark decision to open up the DCoP conference by offering free registration* to the whole event!
We want to open up our psychological knowledge, bring the CoP community back together after this difficult year, and get back on track with the great work that we are all doing. In this age of uncertainty, we’ve come together decisively as an executive committee to respond dynamically to the specific challenges and opportunities of this last year
Please note that this is a one off free event given the unprecedented events of the last year, and aligns with the Society's strategic aims. The division is choosing to mobilise our strategic aims utilising the conference as a medium.
We hope that you'll join us for what we hope will be a wonderful showcase of counselling psychology knowledge, research and practice.
If this year has shown us anything, it is the power of people to protect and care for the wider community, we want to recognise the value of our CoP community. Whilst there has been division this year - loved ones have been kept apart and losses have been suffered, this is our opportunity to break down those divides and barriers, and invite the whole community in - a chance to rebuild connections that have been on hold recently! Being online helps us to broaden our reach - mitigating geographical barriers, reducing our carbon footprint, saving the cost of travel and accommodation, and now registration!
It is our intention to come back together in person in future years. We hope that by joining us this July, you'll see the value of coming along in person in future years!
Full details regarding free registration to DCoP conference are on the website here: Registration(link is external)
*Places are free for:
1. All members of the Division of Counselling Psychology including all categories of DCoP membership. Places will initially be capped so are offered on a first come first serve basis.
2. Undergraduate and Postgraduate members of the BPS. Places are currently capped at 100 and are offered on a first come first serve basis.
If you are a trainee and a member of DCoP you should be receiving the DCoP e-letter in which this is being announced. If some of your trainee peers and friends have not received it, please let them know that as non-member of DCoP they will fall into the second category. We encourage trainees and qualified colleagues to join the division if they are not yet members and hope to see you at this seminal event.
See the benefits of belonging here:
In the event that after registering you find yourself unable to attend, please cancel your place so that it can be given to someone else. We ask that all registrants read the cancellation policy carefully when they sign up for these free places.
18 June 2021 DCoP working Systemically with Family Violence - Risk, Responsibility and CollaborationShow content
DCoP working Systemically with Family Violence - Risk, Responsibility and Collaboration
Friday 18 June, 10.00am - 2.55pm
This is a webinar on domestic violence and abuse.
The event content includes issues around risk when working with families and couples, how to identify different types of violence and help clients to break the cycle of violence, and ideas on how to work therapeutically with the people committing the violence.
8 June 2021 Division of Counselling Psychology: Is Counselling Psychology for me?Show content
Division of Counselling Psychology
Is Counselling Psychology for me?
8th June 2021, 6pm – 8pm
Are you a final year psychology student or a recent graduate who might be interested in considering a career in counselling psychology?
This is a free event which has been set up to inform and encourage aspiring counselling psychology applicants who identify as belonging to an underrepresented group who are interested in a career in counselling psychology.
• What is counselling psychology?
• Working as a counselling psychologist
• Reflections on the application and interview process
The speakers will be Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano, Dr Miltos Hadjiosif, Ben Amponsah and Dashnye Daloye.
Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano C.Psychol is a Chartered Psychologist, AFBPsS HCPC Registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist Registered EuroPsy Psychologist Founder, BACPG Chair BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) DCoP Culture & Difference within and across Ethnic Minorities Lead
Dr Miltos Hadjiosif - Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology UWE Bristol
Ben Amponsah - Trainee Counselling Psychologist
This event will be hosted by Dashnye Daloye – Trainee Counselling Psychologist
This is a free event open to Society members only.