Highland to host conference into clinical psychology research
25 August 2014
Highland to host conference into clinical psychology research 25/08/2014 | Argyll & Bute; North & West Highland; South & Mid Highland; Raigmore Research carried out by trainee clinical psychologists working with NHS Highland will be explained at a major conference in Inverness on Wednesday, 27th August. The sixth annual Highland Psychology Research Conference, to be held in the Centre for Health Science, will provide an opportunity for trainees to talk about their work. In addition, Emma Law and Dr Peter Connelly of the Scottish Dementia Network will give a presentation outlining some of the current issues within dementia research in Scotland and explaining the work of the network, and Dr Camilla Dyer, a clinical tutor at the University of Glasgow, will give a talk on recent research looking at teaching practices for trainee clinical psychologists. To be chaired by NHS Highland consultant clinical psychologist Dr Andrew MacDougall, the conference is seen as a key event for trainee clinical psychologists working in Highland. Dr MacDougall explained: “The annual conference provides an opportunity for trainee clinical psychologists to showcase the important research they are undertaking and, in doing, so to raise the profile of NHS Highland as a research-active health board. “In the past trainees have had their research published in major international journals and have gone on to make important contributions in their chosen clinical fields. “Closer to home, the work undertaken by trainee clinical psychologists on aspects of clinical services in NHS Highland plays an important role in monitoring what we are doing to ensure quality and effectiveness in these services.” The trainees secured highly sought-after places on the West of Scotland training programme – this year there were well over 300 applicants for 24 places – with three being taken each year by NHS Highland. Before they can apply for the three-year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course, prospective applicants must have a good Psychology honours degree, although many also have an MSc or a PhD. In addition, most will have clinical or research-relevant experience. As well as holding clinical caseloads, the trainees also have to undertake research, and it is this work that they will present to the conference. Third-year trainee Joanna Teale will talk about her research into literature on the prevalence of anxiety disorders after traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. Alasdair Cameron, who is also in the third year of his doctorate, will give a presentation on his work on stigma and social comparison in adults with intellectual disabilities or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The third piece of doctoral research to be covered at the conference is Shona McBryer’s into caring for an adult child after traumatic brain injury. Her work explored the experience of parents who care for their adult children who have sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, during their first four to six weeks at home. Source NHS Highland Further information Contact:Tom Davison Role:Communications Manager Telephone:01463 704903
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