This week the North West PWP Professional Network welcomed Dr Saba Khan and Kate Thompson from the Tavistock Clinic to their master class at the University of Central Lancashire to explain what Couples Therapy for Depression (CTfD) is and how it is helpful, how to screen for suitability and to explore how elements of ‘Think Couple’ can be used to to enhance the role of the PWP.
I read an interesting article in the newspaper today about curiosity, the psychological concept of ‘Need For Cognition’ and its role in fostering creativity and innovation.
Its good to be back following pre-election ‘purdah’ and although we've been quiet on social media a lot has been happening.
Gita and I are signing off our blogs for the month of April as the PPN is subject to the 6 week pre-election 'purdah' conditions. During this time publicly funded bodies and their employees are not allowed to use social media or any communication that may influence the election.
Leadership has been on my mind this week. We’ve recruited to two multi-professional leadership programmes that are jointly funded by the CPWD. The first is a one day introduction to leadership for early career psychological professionals and the second for practitioners who are already in leadership roles to help them to develop skills in ‘transformational change’. The number of applications have been high showing that psychological professionals are keen to develop leadership both within day-to-day practice and at a strategic level. The number of applications has been particularly impressive for the introductory course and we’re really pleased to be able to offer two more dates in the autumn for those who didn’t make the spring dates.
PPN North West supports the most active and longest-lived IAPT network in England and it is a great example of the potential that comes from collaboration between practitioners, service managers, clinical leads, academics and commissioners.
The PPN has reached its first anniversary marked by our second annual conference.
When we were offered the chance by HENW to create a brand new psychological professions network it was an important signal of the growing awareness of the importance of psychological approaches across health care. In the North West we are well known for 'just getting on with it', so, not wanting to loose a unique opportunity, this is exactly what we've done!