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How psychology can make a difference in Brighton and Hove

21 February 2019

The ways psychology can help solve the problems of Brighton and Hove will be discussed at an event organised by the British Psychological Society’s Wessex Branch.

 ‘How can we use psychology to help with the wicked problems of Brighton and Hove?’ will take place at the Jurys Inn, Brighton Station, on 2 March.

Speakers will include:

  • Carl Walker from the University of Brighton, who will speak on ‘Doing wellbeing differently: How psychologists have got involved with wicked social problems‘
  • Simone Button, the chief operating officer of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who will speak on ‘The impact of public health challenges on the provision of city services’
  • Stewart Beamont from MoneyAdvicePlus, a local charity offering advice and casework
  • Richard Pemberton, the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology’s national lead for prevention, public health and social justice and chair of its South East Coast Branch

There will be short sessions from people involved in social housing and education, and work in small groups to explore options for action in areas people are passionate about.

Student activists from "Say No to Trial Shifts" will also take part in the event.

Sarah Law from the BPS Wessex Branch said:

“Our event will have a flexible and participative format. It is intended for psychologists, anyone using psychological principles in their work, and everyone who believes that by using our collective experience, insight and energy we can make a real difference.

The emphasis will be on addressing inequality, driving for progressive social change and learning from diverse sources in order to plan and take action.”


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