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DCP Faculty for People With Intellectual Disabilities

The Faculty for People With Intellectual Disabilities is part of the Division of Clinical Psychology. We currently have over 400 members throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

About

The Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities provides a forum for Clinical Psychologists with an interest in work with people with intellectual disabilities.

We have two main strategic roles:

  • Promoting the psychological needs of people with intellectual disabilities within policy and practice, both nationally and in local services, within ‘mainstream’ and ‘specialist’ services
  • Supporting clinical psychologists who work with people with an intellectual disability

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The Faculty for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Our aims

Our aims are to...

  • Highlight the rights of people with an intellectual disability, enhance their status and promote a positive image.
  • Support clinical psychologists to engage in best practice, and to develop their skills and experience in working with people with intellectual disability
  • Enhance clinical psychologists’ knowledge of current research, issues within the field and practice developments
  • Provide consultation, both informally and formally, to promote the needs of people with intellectual disability and those who support them
  • Promote a psychological understanding and the best psychological practice across the lives of people with intellectual disability, including families and carers, services, commissioners and the wider community

What we do

The Faculty is involved in a range of activities. These include:

  • Publishing a quarterly journal The Bulletin
  • Producing a regular Newsletter for our members
  • Organising conferences and training events
  • Producing briefing papers and policy documents
  • Supporting regional groups of clinical psychologists who work with people with learning disabilities
  • Liaising with other agencies and professional groups
  • Providing feedback on policy documents that have been issued for consultation by the Department of Health and other organisations

Our committee

Chair: Jason Crabtree

Past Chair: Sophie Doswell

Honorary Secretary: Sabiha Azmi

Honorary Treasurer: Tom Crossland

Committee Members:

  • Alastair Barrowcliff
  • Catherine Randle-Phillips
  • Ellen Boddington
  • Jennifer Shaw
  • Jonathan Codd
  • Karen Dodd
  • Katherine Allez
  • Melanie Hodgkinson
  • Reed Cappleman

CPD Lead: Jonathan Williams

Research & Development Lead: Kate Theodore

Training Lead: Alison Spencer

Website Editor: Julian Morris

Physical Health Representative: Katherine Allez

Northern Ireland Representative: Matthew McMurray

Scotland Representative: Moira Phillips

Scotland Representative (Temporary Cover): Anna Whiteley

Wales Representative: Hayley Thomas

DCP Pre-Qualification Group Representative: Luke Yates

If you would like to apply for any vacant positions, please complete a Statement of Interest form.

If you would like to find out if there are any other positions available, please contact the Member Networks Team.

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External resources

Bulletin of the Faculty of People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Bulletin of the Faculty of People with Intellectual Disabilities is a publication to keep clinical psychologists working in the field of learning disability informed about:

  • Faculty and other relevant Society activities;
  • innovative practice changes in statutory provision and legislation related to people with intellectual disabilities;
  • latest research; and
  • training courses, events and conferences

It also provides a means for clinical psychologists, trainees and assistants to make contact with colleagues working with similar issues or projects.

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Latest articles - FPID Bulletin

  • Periodicals

Working systemically with individuals with an intellectual disability to promote empowerment - FPID Bulletin: The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volume: 20 Issue: 1

Author(s): Erin M. Beal

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  • Periodicals

Faculty publications - FPID Bulletin: The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volume: 20 Issue: 1

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  • Periodicals

Please see my fear - FPID Bulletin: The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volume: 20 Issue: 2

Author(s): Pat Frankish

Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Periodicals

Walking the tightrope of sex and relationships - FPID Bulletin: The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volume: 20 Issue: 2

Author(s): Kelly Rayner-Smith, Morag Ritchie

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  • Periodicals

Communications with the Faculty - FPID Bulletin: The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volume: 20 Issue: 2

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Projects

Here you'll find information on current and past projects overseen by the FPID.

Current projects
Physical health

The Faculty is focusing on promoting the physical health of individuals with intellectual disability and guidelines will be published soon.

Join

Apply to join the faculty (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the faculty (graduate, chartered, and in-training members)

Membership of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

There are three grades of faculty membership:

  • Full membership

    For psychologists who are Full Members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and who work in or have an interest or expertise in the field of people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Affiliate membership

    For psychologists who are General (Pre-Training) and In-Training members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP). Affiliate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

  • Associate membership

    For General members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and non-Division members. Associate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

If you are not already a member, you can join the faculty at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities membership

The Faculty promotes awareness of current research, issues within the field and models of clinical practice at all levels of service provision, as well as within the profession, through conferences accessible to psychologists and others of all levels of experience.

Benefits include conferences and events, briefing papers and policy documents and liaising with other agencies and professional groups.

Member Announcement Email List

The Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Faculty you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities announcement email' in the subject line.

Member Discussion Email List

To join the Member Discussion List please login to your member portal and click on the Preferences tile, where you’ll be able to join the discussion list.

To receive discussion list emails you will need to be 

  • a member of the DCP Faculty for People With Intellectual Disabilities
  • opted into receiving email communication from the Society (you can change your preference by logging onto your account via the member portal)  

Getting involved with Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities Committee

The Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Faculty is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.  

The first point of contact for any queries regarding the work of the DCP Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities should be the Member Network Services Team.

The Member Network Services team provides support to all our Member Networks.

Contact the Member Networks Team