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Candidate Statement: Alan Kessedjian

Chartered Member, Associate Fellow

Proposed by: Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée

Seconded by: Julia Faulconbridge

Present Committee role:

  • Co-Chair DCP EDI & Anti-Racism Task and Finish Group
  • Co-opted Member BPS Presidential Taskforce on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Co-opted Member DCP Executive Committee

Previous Committee experience

  • Regional Chair West Midlands Division of Clinical Psychology (2006-2010)
  • Elected Trustee / Board Director of BABCP (2009-2010)

Membership of Divisions, Sections, Special Groups or Branches

  • Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Member of DCP Faculty of Leadership and Management

Personal Statement

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 33 years of experience working in the field of mental health obtaining my clinical doctorate from the University of Birmingham in 2002. I am currently Psychology Lead for Urgent Care at OHFT and I have held additional Consultant posts at St Andrews in Northampton and NHS services in North Staffordshire.

I am a BABCP accredited CBT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer alongside holding additional practitioner qualifications in DBT and EMDR. I am an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a former Regional Chair of the West Midlands branch of the DCP (2006-2010). Currently I am Co-chair of the DCP EDI & Anti-Racism Task & Finish Group and a co-opted member of both the BPS Presidential Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion and the Executive Committee of the DCP.

My focus is strengthening links across the DCP Faculties and other subcommittees and ensuring clearer alignment with the work of the Taskforce to advance the Societies Inclusion agenda. I am also a former elected Board Trustee / Director of the BABCP.

I have valuable experience in the application of psychological knowledge in the global south in work undertaken with NGOs in the West Bank, where I have co-developed and delivered culturally adapted mental health training programmes with Dr Samah Jabr. Our work featured at conferences in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and we were additionally both involved with supporting the establishment of a Palestinian Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (PABCT).

I am standing for the position of President with dedicated time set aside and a commitment to ensuring momentum is not lost with the Societies EDI agenda. A BPS that is more representative of all of our communities can only ensure greater relevance and clinical utility for the populations we seek to serve.

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