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
Investigating the Impact of Virtual Patient' on Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Pracitioners' Cogntive Processes
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
Oct 2015 → Jan 2017
Award Date: 4 May 2017
Oct 2011 → Jul 2012
Award Date: 13 Jul 2012
Master, Teesside University
Award Date: 27 Jul 2011
Bachelor, Teesside University
Award Date: 13 Jul 2009
Professional Doctorate, Teesside University
1 Oct 2017 → …
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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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.
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