The British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology held its 50th Anniversary Conference in London on 2nd-4th December 2015.
David Murphy, OXICPT Joint Director, chaired a symposium on the future of Applied Psychology training which included contributions from a number of leading figures in Clinical Psychology training in the UK and also the Chairs of the BPS Divisions of Counselling Psychology and Neuropsychology.
Fleur Newton, Clinical Psychologist in the Reading Older Peoples Mental Health Service, presented her research on the outcomes of cognitive stimulation therapy in older people, which had been undertaken with the Institute as part of the BPS Statement of Equivalence Qualification. Fleur's research found that, whilst cognitive stimulation therapy was not associated with gains in cognitive functioning, it was associated with significant improvements in both quality of life and attitudes to ageing. Fleur's presentation was part of a symposium entitled "Golden years- improving care for older people" organized by Chris Allen, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and included presentations from Chris and other clinical psychologists in Berkshire, all of whom are active supervisors and contributors to the Oxford DClinPsych programme.