UWE Bristol Psychological Therapies Placement Fair and CPD Event

Date: 07 September 2017
Venue: UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus
Time: 13:00 - 16:00


This event will be an opportunity to meet, mingle and network with new and current students from our counselling and counselling psychology programmes, as well as staff members and other placement providers and supervisors, over coffee, tea and cake.

Guest speaker

Professor Martin Milton will be speaking from 15:00 - 16:00.

Professor Martin Milton CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, UKCP Reg, is Professor of Counselling Psychology at Regents University London and runs an independent practice in psychotherapy and supervision.

Martin is a recipient of the BPS award for the promoting of equality of opportunity, was Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy in the NHS, held several offices within the Division of Counselling Psychology and has led two BPS accredited Doctoral courses in Counselling Psychology. In addition, Martin served on the Committee of the BPS Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section (renamed as the Psychology of Sexualities Section) and was one of the early co-editors of its Newsletter and Journal. Martin's published work includes three edited books Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues (WileyBlackwell), Diagnosis and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress and Sexuality: Existential perspectives – both published by PCCS Books.

We are delighted to welcome him to our event as our guest speaker.

About the event

The personal is still political: The psy-professions and our divided world

It is the era of Austerity, Brexit, the rise of the Right, and political leaders whose mandate is contested, to say the least; the world is increasingly divided, with the rich growing richer, the poor ever poorer, gender relations being thwart and racism, islamophobia and homophobia rife, and the environment being torn asunder.

In this talk Martin will consider the role that the psy professions – applied psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling – have in a world that is so divided. Martin will suggest that the possibility of good therapeutic outcomes is limited when our clients, and we ourselves, have to constantly navigate a landscape of economic, political and social difference; differences that are subject to hate, oppression and discrimination. After all, we know that social inequality is a major cause of psychological distress and social disorder.

During the talk Martin will argue that it is not enough to criticise politicians, those that set themselves up as media commentators and other headline sensationalists, but we need to consider the foundations of hate and Othering pervading wider society. This may mean that to be a good therapist, we need to be culturally and politically astute in our work. He will ask the audience to draw on their creativity, their values, social positioning, and experience in the consulting room to consider what this should look like.

How to attend

This event is only for students and staff on the Diploma in Professional Studies – Counselling or Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology courses. Booking is essential so please register to attend via InfoHub.

Cost: Free
Contact: Sarah Bambridge
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83318
E-mail: sarah.bambridge@uwe.ac.uk

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