Welcome to PROSE!

The new Psychology at Roehampton Seminar series

PROSE is an open-door series of lunchtime talks given by international leaders in mental health & wellbeing research and clinical practice.

All talks can be watched online (via Zoom) and entry is free!
Access info is below, as well as links to view some of our previous talks. 

PROSE talks are open to all researchers, academics, clinicians, counsellors, postgrad and undergrad students etc etc (!) with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and to any other groups working in any fields related to psychology. And, of course, we also very much welcome members of the public with an interest to join us!

Talks are every other Friday at lunchtime (1-1.50pm) starting on the 20th November and last for about 45 mins with 5/10 mins for Q&A.

We hope to bring you an exciting line up of high-calibre speakers, see below. This will be updated frequently, so remember check back for more speakers.

Friday 9 April

"Let’s talk about politics: Therapists’ accounts of the relationship between p/Politics and therapy"

With Dr Laura Anne Winter.

Synopsis:

There has been an emphasis on ‘social justice’ across applied psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, with calls for action and associated practice, research and scholarship increasing over the past two decades internationally. Nevertheless, despite hints at the political nature of ‘social justice’, limited prior research has considered the connection between politics and therapy from the point of view of therapists.

This talk will firstly consider what we mean by ‘politics’, before giving an overview of recent qualitative research which aimed to explore therapists' understandings and experiences of politics in their work. Generated themes include (1) Swimming against the tide: working against p/Politics in therapy; (2) Therapeutic work as p/Political; (3) ‘We have to park our impressions of politics at the door’; (4) Professional ethics and p/Politics: striking a balance; and (5) ‘A culture of silence’: lack of training and support. Overall, analysis suggests that participants viewed politics as both something inherent to therapy and something external that exerts an influence on the work they do. Attending to the p/Political and the ethical in therapy can be challenging. Some practitioners experience engaging with politics in therapy as a lonely and unsupported process, which they were not adequately prepared for in their training. After presenting the analysis from this research, I reflect on future directions in relation to p/Politics and therapy, and argue that we need to become as comfortable talking about politics as we are with talking about social justice.

Bio:

Dr Laura Anne Winter, CPsychol, is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling) based at the University of Manchester. She co-edited the fourth Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy with Professor Colin Feltham and Dr Terry Hanley (Sage, 2017).

Her research interests include social justice, and in particular the impact of economic and relational inequality on wellbeing and education. Previous research has included exploring social justice within educational and counselling psychology, the impact of welfare reform on families and schools (specifically the ‘bedroom tax’), and the impact of ‘austerity’ on the way secondary schools are supporting pupil emotional wellbeing. Most recently, she has been involved in working which consider the relationship between therapy and politics.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/proseroehampton-psychology-talk-tickets-147964906017 

Check back later for the following talks - the website is being updated.

Past Events

"Let’s talk about politics: Therapists’ accounts of the relationship between p/Politics and therapy"

09/04/2021

Dr Laura Anne Winter, CPsychol, Senior Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling) based at the University of Manchester. View recording here. 

"Hearing the voice"

19/03/2021

Professor Charles Fernyhough
Psychologist and writer
PI & Director of the Hearing the Voice project
Professor of Psychology at Durham University
 

"School-Based Humanistic Counselling for Young People: Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Processes of Change—Findings from a Large Randomised Controlled Trial (ETHOS)"

26/02/2021

Professor Mick Cooper
Professor of Counselling Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
 

“The Power Threat Meaning Framework: A conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.”

22/01/2021

Dr Lucy Johnstone
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
View recording here. 

“The Making of Mental Disorder: interviewing the creators of DSM.”

04/12/2020

Dr James Davies, D.Phil (Oxon)
Reader in Medical Anthropology & Mental Health
Department of Life Sciences
University of Roehampton
View recording here

“Anxiety and depression in young people: Using Super Skills for Life programme to adapt to the “new” normal.” 

20/11/2020

Professor Cecilia Essau.
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
Link coming soon.