Congratulations to Fran and Anna for their Publication

The following article has recently been accepted for publication with the Mental Health Review Journal:

Walsh, F. & Tickle, A. (2017). Listen to me, I’m talking: involvement and recovery. Mental Health Review Journal, 22 (2), 111 – 123.


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how those engaged in service user involvement (SUI) initiatives perceive involvement and recovery; whether involvement is related to their recovery process and, if so, how.

Design/methodology/approach – An exploratory qualitative method, social constructionist grounded theory, was adopted throughout the research process. Nine semi-structured interviews were undertaken with participants who self-defined as having current or previous mental health problems and who were engaged in SUI initiatives.

Findings – Most participants identified explicit links between their own experiences of SUI and recovery. These links represented a connection between the characteristics they perceived to be inherent to involvement and their personal definitions of recovery. In contrast, experiences of consultation and involvement as patient service users was limited and identified as an area for improvement. The core of the tentative grounded theory constructed suggests that individuals found in involvement elements which were concordant with and supported their own definitions of recovery and which were not apparent in their experiences as patients.

Research limitations/implications – The small sample and narrow constituency of participants limit the nature of the claims made by the study.

Practical implications – This study highlights the value of involvement in promoting recovery and indicates the merit of promoting meaningful involvement across the spectrum of the service user experience.

Originality/value – This study offers a unique contribution to the current literature, highlighting the links made between involvement and personal recovery.


Trainees in the Peaks!

Our 2nd year trainees (2015 cohort) recently went on their annual camping trip, this time to the Peak District.

“11 of us went, it’s become an annual thing we do together. We went to the lakes last year. We did a couple of long walks out in the peaks and had some chill out time away from thesis stress. Had loads of bbqs and some fresh air to clear the head! I think as a cohort we really value spending time out of the course socialising and encouraging a work life balance where possible”


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Trainee pyramid

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ResFest 2017


The second ResFest was held at the University of Lincoln on Friday 7th July 2017 and it was a huge success! With inspiring talks, great posters from all, and excellent opportunities for networking, we received very positive feedback from all who attended. The event welcomed local clinicians, practitioners and researchers, as well as ex, current and the new cohort of Trent Trainees to showcase the great research conducted on the Trent DClinPsy programme.  It was lovely to see Trent DClinPsy alumni come along to show their support and hear about their life after training. Our current trainees presented some very high quality research and an engaging style which was a fantastic representation of what our current trainees are capable of. We also received great feedback from some of our new 2017 cohort who are due to start with us in September. We look forward to welcoming you onto the programme and we hope that we have inspired you to think about what research you can undertake during training.

In collaboration with the Forensic and Clinical Research Group (FCRG), the event also celebrated research completed by FCRG members (alongside an undergraduate student). The talks were relevant to clinical practice with useful implications for practitioners to take forwards. For more information on the FCRG please see the following link:

ResFest 2017 also welcomed Prof. Martin Tovee, soon to be our new Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, to share his extensive research concerned with the perception of body image. The talk was very well received and his work on body image perception and disordered eating provided some useful insight for those clinicians who work with clients with eating disorders and issues with body-image.

During the networking lunch, delegates were invited to browse a number of research posters presented by DClinPsy and FCRG members. A vote later took place and prizes will be awarded for the talk and poster that received the most votes.

Congratulations to Ruth Charig for her talk on Net Neutrality and oSEM which won the most votes.

Further congratulations are due to Dr Michael Baliousis for the most voted for poster, which was on Interventions for stress during stem-cell transplantation

We owe a huge thank you Dr David Dawson for organising the event, all the DClinPsy team who helped him and our speakers for making the event such a success. THANK YOU!


Below is a list of the talks and speakers. Click on the title of the talk to download a PDF copy of the presentation.

 Title  Speaker
 Identifying developmental pathways of Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD) using Multiple Sequential Functional Analysis (MSFA)

Dr Jenna Brough


 How do Clinical Psychologists best address the difficulties of care staff in supporting the sexual expression of individuals with intellectual disabilities? A Delphi Study

Brad English

(Current Trainee)

 An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A case series approach

 Dr Lauren Roche


 Age-related physical and psychological vulnerability as pathways to problem gambling in older adults

 Dr Adrian Parke

(FCRG lead)

 Keynote: The perception of body image in disordered eating

Prof. Martin Tovee

(keynote speaker)

 Net Neutrality: The lack of association between pornography exposure and sexual functioning and well-being

Ruth Charig

(Current Trainee)

 From Fantasy to Reality: Investigating the effect of mental contrasting on enacting a sexual fantasy Dr Ross Bartels (FCRG) & Libby-Rae Kendrick (undergraduate student)
 Shades of grey: Older adults’ perceptions about how transitioning to a care home might impact on experiences of sexuality

 Anna Hooper

(Current Trainee)

 Defining and measuring adaptive behaviour in deaf adults with suspected intellectual disability

Dr Kathryn Moore


Perceived barriers and facilitators to positive therapeutic change for people with Intellectual Disabilities: Client, carer, and Clinical Psychologist perspectives

Dr Sarah Ramsden


A mixed methods approach investigating cognitive changes in vicarious trauma within trainee and qualified therapists

Emma Millard

(Current Trainee)


ResFest 2017

As previously advertised, on Friday 7th July 2017 we will be hosting the next Research Festival (ResFest) of the Trent DClinPsy Programme, in partnership with the Forensic & Clinical Research Group at the University of Lincoln.

As much valued supporters of the programme, you are warmly invited to attend the conference, and we are pleased to announce that registration is now open!

The conference is free (but by ticket only), will include a free networking lunch, and is open to clinicians, practitioners, researchers, programme-affiliates, past and present trainees, and programme and university staff.

To view details of the full conference program, and to register for your ticket(s), please visit:

The conference will provide a great opportunity for researchers, clinicians, and academics to network, and to hear more about the latest developments in applied psychological research.

Please contact us via email or the conference website if you have any queries about the event.

We look forward to seeing you in July, with best wishes,

ResFest Team