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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.

About

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.

Networks and Branches

A number of networks or special interest groups and branches of the Faculty have been established to reflect the service settings and interests of our members.

Each group holds at least one annual high quality continuing professional development event which are usually free of charge to Faculty members. We hold an annual conference in November. Each established network has a webpage of information.

Our current Networks and Branches are as follows:

  • Acute & Crisis Network
  • Assertive Outreach Network
  • Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Network
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Network
  • Family Intervention Network
  • North East Branch
  • Northern Ireland Branch
  • Personality and Complex Trauma Network (PACT)
  • Rehabilitation & Recovery Services Network
  • Wales Branch
  • Scotland Branch 

Resources

Position on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Psychiatric diagnosis is the dominant framework used to conceptualise distress within mental health services. Diagnosis is embedded within the mental health system and is utilised in relationships with other social institutions, such as with social services and the legal system. Diagnosis claims its dominant place by portraying itself as a specialist form of knowledge with a scientific basis.

Request for evidence- In Patients

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia

The power point and pdf versions of the 2014 inaugural launch of the Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia document is free for PCMH members to use in service of disseminating and supporting the use of the document’s content.

PCMH Members may wish to adapt the presentation to suit local needs. We expect the original author Anne Cooke and the Faculty to be referenced. We trust that the principles of keeping service users, carers and friends at the heart of your work, promoting a psychological framework as well the values of recovery, social inclusion and appropriate interdependence is adhered to in any amended presentations.

Committee

Co-Chair: Joanna Allen and Graeme Reid

Co-Chair Elect: Vacant

Past Chair: Vacant

Honorary Treasurer: Vacant

Honorary Secretary (also Communications/Web Editor): Vacant

Assertive Outreach Lead: Vacant

Co-Chair Acute/Crisis Network Lead: Rachel Black

Co-Chair CMHT Lead: Magdalena Ap Robert and Graeme Reid

Co- Chair Family Interventions Lead: Vacant

Co-Chair Rehabilitation and Recovery Lead: Vacant

Co-Early Intervention Lead: Nicola Motton and Kathleen Fox

Committee Member: Vacant

Co-North East Branch Lead: Vacant

Co-Personality and Complex Trauma Network Lead: Matt Stainsby

Co-Research Lead: Katherine Newman Taylor

Communication Lead: Vacant

Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Lead: Naureen Whittinger

Media Lead: Vacant

Workforce Development Lead: Vacant

Northern Ireland Representative: Benjamin Brew

Pre-Qualifications Representative: Danielle Chadderton

Scotland Representative: Vacant

Service User and Carer Liaison Committee (SUCLC) Representatives: Sheena Foster and Simon Mudie

Wales Representatives: Lee Priday

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 of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health 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 psychosis and complex mental health.

  • 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.

Apply to join the society

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Faculty for Psychosis & Complex Mental Health membership

Membership of the Faculty for Psychosis & Complex Mental Health includes access to:

  • Briefing papers and policy documents
  • Conferences and events
  • Facilities for liaising with other agencies and professional groups.

The Faculty also have a number of networks relating to specialist areas with the field of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health and each networks have a discussion list to share information. Membership of the networks is free once becoming a member of the Faculty.

  • Acute & Crisis Network
  • Assertive Outreach Network
  • Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Network
  • Family Intervention Network
  • North East Branch
  • Northern Ireland Branch
  • Personality and Complex Trauma Network (PACT)
  • Rehabilitation & Recovery Services Network
  • Wales Branch
  • Scotland Branch 

To join a  network please contact Member Network Services stating which network you wish to be part of. 

Member Announcement Email List

The Faculty for Psychosis & Complex Mental Health 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 Psychosis & Complex Mental Health
  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 Psychosis & Complex Mental Health 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 Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health
  • 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 the Faculty for Psychosis & Complex Mental Health

The Faculty for Psychosis & Complex Mental Health 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.