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'Stories of Psychology' Symposium

Clinically Applied: Origins of a Profession

The fifth annual history of psychology symposium - now a BPS Flagship Event

Wednesday 14 October 2015 at the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

10.30am to 4pm (including buffet lunch)

Convened by Professor John Hall (Oxford Brookes University)

The topic of this year's symposium was chosen as a curtain raiser for the start of the 50th anniversary year of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) in 2016. It looks forward to the Golden Anniversary by looking back at the development of clinical psychology as a profession, a history that reaches back beyond the foundation of the DCP in 1966.

The four main speakers are all contributors to Clinical Psychology in Britain: Historical Perspectives edited by John Hall, Graham Turpin and David Pilgrim, which is due to be published by the History of Psychology Centre in December 2015.


Emeritus Professor Bill Yule (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London)
'Clinical Psychology: The Early Days, 1939-1963'

Dr Jennifer Clegg (University of Nottingham)
'Four Lensmakers: Jack Tizard, Ann and Alan Clark, Peter Mittler'

Dr Anne Richardson (formerly of University College London and Department of Health)
'Growing Pains and Pleasures: Psychology, Government and the Profession's Health'

Professor Bob Woods (Bangor University)
'Dementia in the 20th Century: Discovering the Person Behind the Label'


Dr Saima Lofgren (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) will make a short presentation on the emergence of cultural concerns in clinical psychology.

This is a public event and all are welcome. The programme has been designed to have general appeal as well as academic validity for historians of psychology.

Cost (including lunch): £16 BPS members; £18 Non-members. Registration essential
(Special discount price for History & Philosophy of Psychology Section members: £12)

Register here

For more information, e-mail or call Peter Dillon Hooper on 0116 252 9528.

Bookings enquiries: 0116 252 9925

This event is supported by Senate House Library, home of the British Psychological Society's library collection.

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