University of Leicester conference to showcase clinical psychology research

Posted by er134 at Sep 13, 2016 11:17 AM |
Free event featuring keynote speaker Rufus May to take place on Tuesday 20 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 September 2016

The University of Leicester will be hosting the annual Clinical Psychology Trainee Research conference on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

The free event ‘‘Immersion in Experience’ A Showcase of Clinical Psychology Research 2016’ will take place in the Frank & Katherine May lecture theatre, in the Henry Wellcome building at the University of Leicester from 9-4pm on Tuesday 20th September.

The conference will feature a keynote speech from Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health Trainer Rufus May, who will deliver his talk ‘The Proof is in the Pudding’, followed by thesis research and poster presentations by University of Leicester trainees.

Rufus May is a British clinical psychologist best known for using his own experiences of being a psychiatric patient to promote alternative recovery approaches for those experiencing psychotic symptoms.

He is passionate about different holistic approaches to improving emotional wellbeing and changing society's approach to mental health.

His interests are rooted within his own experiences of extreme states of mind and psychiatric treatment that he experienced in his late teens. Rufus has a particular enthusiasm for mindfulness, body work, voice dialogue, nonviolent communication and self-help group work.

Dr Noelle Robertson, Programme Director in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rufus to the University to deliver a stimulating keynote lecture at the conference.

“The event will also provide an opportunity for University of Leicester Trainee Clinical Psychologists to share their doctoral research with key stakeholders; local clinicians and researchers, users of services and the general public.

“Our research interests are wide-ranging but share a common desire to immerse others in the experiences of individuals who access or provide mental health services within a rapidly evolving National Health Service. In showcasing our work, through both oral and poster presentations, we hope to highlight multiple perspectives in modern healthcare, as well as the importance of promoting empathy, effective communication and compassionate relationships with each other.”

The event is free but places are limited. To book a place on the conference or for a full schedule at: by 12noon on Thursday 15 September.


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