Trainee Clinical Psychologist
My first placement was in the Anxiety and Depression Pathway of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; my second placement was on an Adult Acute Inpatient Ward; my third placement was in a Community Older Adult Mental Health Service and Memory Clinic; and my fourth placement was in a Community Psychological Service for People with Learning Disabilities.
Before training, I spent three years working in an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service providing holistic, recovery-focused support for individuals aged between 14-65 drawing on a range of models. As part of this role I spent some time based in CAMHS supporting joint working, leading co-production projects, delivering Mental Health Awareness workshops to local schools and evaluating a Peer Education project. I also worked with some local charities providing support for bid writing and project development.
After this, I spent a few months working in a Community Acquired Brain Injury Service, where I provided individual therapy and supported the evaluation of the service. My last role was in CAMHS on a newly funded Parenting Pilot Project, providing support for commissioning, co-delivery of parenting interventions and individual therapy with young people and their families. Alongside this I supported the delivery and evaluation of a recovery-focused Men's Group in an Adult Recovery Team, promoting engagement, Mindfulness skills and affect regulation for men at the 'pre-contemplative' stage of change.
I have interests in relational approaches and psychodynamic approaches more broadly. I am passionate about co-production, early intervention, and critical and community psychology.
I worked with an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and a local charity organisation to support people who had accessed services to create a short film about the Stress Vulnerability model of mental health - https://youtu.be/4cyyyVlKy0I
Pender, F. & Pipkin, A. (2015). "Wirral CAMHS Peer Education Project: A collaborative psychoeducational and antistigma initiative between CAMHS and Schools." Presented at the BPS DCP Faculty of CYPF Annual Conference 2015 on 06/10/15.
Kinsella, A. & Pipkin, A. (2018). "Men's Action Recovery Service: A Pilot Recovery Group for Men." Presented at the Male Psychology Conference 2018 on 23/06/18.
Evans, S., Bailey, A. & Pipkin, A. (2017). "Evaluating the impact of Parenting Interventions on contributing factors to child behavioural problems, including Parental Mental Health." Presented at the BPS DCP Faculty of CYPF Annual Conference 2017 on 26/09/17.