Alastair Pipkin

BSc (Hons)

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I am currently in my first year of training. My first placement is in the Anxiety and Depression Pathway of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

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.

Professional Interests

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 -

Conference presentations:

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.

Poster presentations:

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.