Projects per year
My principal teaching responsibilities within the university are to teach low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy. This includes: PgC/UCAPD Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice, UCPPD Approaches to Long Term Conditions for Psychological Wellbeing Practice, UCPPD Supervision for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Alongside the low intensity programmes, I regular teach LICBT to nursing associates, pre-registration nursing and the private sector.
My academic background is psychology, with a specific interest in low intensity CBT interventions and forensic mental health. I have a first-class degree and Master’s in forensic psychology and I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. My doctoral thesis is investigating the use of audio-visual recordings in the training of therapists.
Previously, as a senior psychological wellbeing practitioner in a community IAPT, I have been involved in many projects including: establishing primary mental health care support for students within regional universities, colleges and sixth form centres and the creation of veteran specific pathways within primary mental health as well as multi morbid physical and mental health focused treatments. I continue to work clinically as a psychological wellbeing practitioner within a forensic setting. Alongside these role I also provide private work, including consultant clinical supervision and private assessment and treatment to client’s presenting with common mental health problems. I am a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the Britsh Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Summary of Research Interests
My research interests include the impact and effectiveness of low intensity CBT in primary care, multi-morbid mental health and long term physical health conditions, clinical supervision, forensic mental health, and digital pedagogy.
My doctoral thesis is investigating the use of virtual patients (VPs) in the training of therapists. Based upon the principals of cognitive psychology, more specifically information processing models, cognitive affective theory of multimedia learning and the cognitive load model, I am investigating whether the use of VPs promote higher order thinking skills and aid with cognitive development as well as behavioural skills development.
Research Projects & External Funding
Virtual Patients as Mindtools: Developing Positive Psychological Capital to Enhance Thinking Skills in Mental Health Triage for Trainee Psychological Wellebing Practitioners
Research Projects & External Funding
A Predisposition for Perfectionsim: Are Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Well Beings?
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
- Digital Pedagogy
- Technological Innovation
- Mental Health
- Assessment and Treatment of Common Mental Health Problems
- Psychological Therapies
- Clinical Supervision
- Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Multi-Morbid Mental Health & Long Term Physical Health Conditions
- Forensic Mental Health
Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University
Oct 2015 → Jan 2017
Award Date: 4 May 2017
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Healthcare, Teesside University
Oct 2011 → Jul 2012
Award Date: 13 Jul 2012
Master, Forensic Psychology, Teesside University
Award Date: 27 Jul 2011
Bachelor, Forensic Psychology, Teesside University
Award Date: 13 Jul 2009
Professional Doctorate, Doctorate in Education, Teesside University
1 Oct 2017 → …
NENC Psychological Professions Expert Reference Group Member
25 Nov 2022 → …
Workforce Council Member, Psychological Professions Network
6 Sept 2022 → …
PWP End Point Apprenticeship Assessor, British Psychological Society
1 Sept 2022 → …
Steering Group Member, Psychological Professions Network
1 Jun 2021 → 6 Sept 2022
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Rethink Mental Illness
30 Oct 2019 → …
Clinical Reviewer, Royal College of Psychiatrists
1 Oct 2018 → …
Owner, Therapology Psychological Services
Nov 2017 → …
Clinical Supervisor , Help For Heroes
Jan 2015 → …
Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
17 Oct 2011 → 7 Oct 2019
Chartered Psychologist , British Psychological Society
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
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Co-production of a brief decision aid to support engagement of service users and primary care practitioners in shared decision-making discussions about options for digital mental health interventions
Flynn, D., Gilfellon, L., Barker, J., Walker, N., Taylor, J., Thompson, P., Dingwall, A., Watson, R., Belshaw, D., Carlie, A., Robson, S. & Cameron, A.
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Fishburn, S. & Thompson, P., 12 Jul 2023.
Research output: Contribution to conference › PosterOpen AccessFile18 Downloads (Pure)
Güerri-Fernández, R., Griffiths, D., Basu, D., M Jones, S., Kenton, W., West, S. & Thompson, P., 4 Jul 2023, Teladoc Health. 25 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Developing a Quality Assurance Framework for Self-harm & Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training Across the North East & North Cumbria. Work Package 3: Piloting and Testing PhaseBarker, J., Fishburn, S., Ramtohul, A., Thompson, P. & Watson, P., 9 Aug 2022, Teesside University. 42 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Rapid scoping review of evidence of best practice in the design and delivery of self-harm and suicide prevention trainingBarker, J., Giles, E., Byrnes, K., Lilley, R., Fishburn, S., Ramtohul, A., McGeechan, G., Thompson, P., Robinson, J. & Hodgson, J., 19 Feb 2021, 97 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile396 Downloads (Pure)