Getting stuck in: clinical psychology programmes as provokers of professional and public debate
Cooke, A. 2013. Getting stuck in: clinical psychology programmes as provokers of professional and public debate.
With their feet in both academia and in a respected profession, clinical psychology trainers are in a unique position to provoke and influence vital debate, both within the profession and within society at large. In the face of widespread misinformation and ignorance about mental health, and in an era where much public information is provided by parties with clear vested interests such as drug companies, arguably we have a moral duty to do so. The majority of the workshop will be an opportunity to share ideas about what we can and should be doing, and what people are already doing around the country.
As a discussion starter I will describe some of my own programme’s initiatives in this regard.
Provoking debate within the profession about what we should be doing:
Provoking public debate and discussion about ‘mental health’ and psychology
Whilst there are numerous debates about both the nature of the problems that we are dealing with and about their solutions, these debates usually take place either within services or in the ‘ivory towers’ of academia. Policymakers, journalists and those most affected, namely service users, rarely have direct access to the debates either as consumers or participants. As a programme team and an academic unit we have been experimenting with different ways of providing information and opening up these vital debates.
|Conference||Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference 2013 (hosted in Windermere)|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||06 Mar 2018|
|Completed||05 Nov 2013|
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