Douglas Turkington er professor i psykiatri ved Universitetet i Newcastle. Han regnes som en av grunnleggerne av den kognitive terapimodellen for psykosesymptomer. Sammen sine kolleger har han skrevet flere lærebøker og forskningsartikler. Helen Spencer er psykolog og doktorgradsstudent med Turkington som veileder og medforfatter. De to skal i dette to-dagerskurset vise hvordan den kognitive behandlingsmodellen kan brukes ved kompliserte psykoselidelser.
Professor Douglas Turkington is a Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at Newcastle University, UK. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy based at Philadelphia, USA. He originally worked as a general psychiatrist specializing in psychotic disorders and then as a liaison psychiatrist with an interest in suicide prevention and the psychoses linked to epilepsy.
In 1990, along with Professor Kingdon, he developed and piloted a normalizing treatment with allied CBT techniques for use with schizophrenia. The approach was manualised and published in 1994 and then in a formulation based format which included traumatic psychosis and other subgroups.
He has led on numerous randomised controlled trials of CBT as compared to befriending, cognitive remediation and treatment as usual in schizophrenia. He also acted as chief investigator of the largest pragmatic trial of low intensity CBT as delivered by psychiatric nurses in schizophrenia.
Recently published books include a manual describing how to include compassion based therapy, mindfulness and ACT within the cognitive model and a book on cultural aspects of CBT for psychosis. Currently he is working on the linguistics of thought disorder and voice hearing and on the application of perceptual control theory within method of levels therapy for psychosis.
Helen Spencer, BA (Hons) Psychology
Doctoral Researcher, Academic Psychiatry, Newcastle General Hospital, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Associate Clinical Researcher, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. Part-time PhD student, School of Psychology, Newcastle University.
Helen Spencer worked as a Higher Assistant Psychologist with Dr Robert Dudley in the South of Tyne Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service from 2006 – 2009. Since then, she has worked as a Senior Research Assistant (and more recently as a Doctoral Researcher) with Prof. Douglas Turkington for the past 7 years. During this time Helen has worked on a pilot study of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for psychosis, for people that refuse antipsychotic medication which was published in Psychological Medicine in 2011 and this led to a randomised controlled trial (RCT) which was published in the Lancet in February 2014, of which Helen is fourth author.
Helen’s research interests have focused on improving our understanding of psychotic symptoms such as auditory hallucinations and delusional beliefs, as well as examining how psychosis may be better understood through the process of case formulation in CBT. As part of her part-time PhD at Newcastle University, Helen is currently undertaking a qualitative study, to investigate service user experience of case formulation in CBT for psychosis, as well as a meditational analysis to investigate the core components of therapy as mechanisms of change in cognitive therapy for people with psychosis. A preliminary analysis of this research was presented at the 42nd Annual Conference and Workshops for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) at the University of Birmingham in July 2014.
More recently, Helen co-wrote a bid and helped to secure a grant for £1 Million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a 3 year project investigating language and psychosis of which she is currently employed with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Helen has delivered teaching and training of CBT for psychosis at workshops on both a national and international level. Since 2013, Helen has worked as a trainer for the Insight CBT Partnership delivering training across Ireland for the commissioning of EIP services and delivering workshops in Australia, Norway and Denmark.
Helen Spencer and Prof. Douglas Turkington are currently writing a CBT self help book for service users and their carers (soon to be published by Cambridge University Press) and they are planning a return visit to Australia in 2017.
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