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Alastair Pipkin

BSc (Hons)

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

My specialist placement is in a Gender Identity Clinic. My thesis is exploring the experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis. My core placements included: Anxiety and Depression Pathway of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Adult Acute Inpatient Ward; Community Older Adult Mental Health Service and Memory Clinic; and Community Psychological Service for People with Learning Disabilities.

My pre-training experiences included three years providing recovery-focused, integrative psychological and social interventions alongside project leadership in an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service; service development projects and individual therapeutic interventions in CAMHS; leading service evaluation and supporting the commissioning process for a Parenting Pilot Project; individual therapy and service development responsibilities in an Acquired Brain Injury Service; and supporting the development and delivery of a recovery-focused Men's Group in an Adult Mental Health Team. I also worked with various charities as a Project Developer, providing support for securing funding by bid writing, and developing and co-facilitating projects around improving physical and mental wellbeing.

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:

Pipkin, A. (2019). "A Recovery-Focused Transdiagnostic Men's Group." Presented at the Male Psychology Conference 2019 on 21/09/2019.

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:

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.