MS Society Conference- Glyndwr University October 29th 2017. I presented two hour-long workshops exploring the use of mindfulness to manage stress for those living with MS and for those who live with and care for others with MS. It was a mixture of theory and practice which generated much discussion and interest.
Professional Doctorate students-Faculty of Social and Political Studies, University of Chester May 2017. I gave a 20 minute presentation on a systematic review in the use of EMDR (pain protocol) to treat chronic pain where there is no history of psychological trauma.
Postgraduate Research Conference-Faculty of Social and Political Studies, University of Chester March 2017. I gave a 20 minute presentation on my proposed research around a changing self-concept when living with chronic pain, and how this may impact upon acceptance and/or adjustment to chronic pain.
British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Research Conference 20th & 21st May 2016. I gave a 20 minute presentation (with 30 minute question and answer session) on the research I had conducted in my Masters in Clinical Counselling. I presented: “A systematic review in the use of EMDR to support people with chronic pain”. It was very well received, generating much discussion.
Chester University Counselling Community, 14th April, 2016. I presented my research around chronic pain and the similarities with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Article to Therapy Today Journal, July 2017 (vol 28 issue 6 p.44) on dog agility and training as part of my own self-care.
Professional Opinion requested by Therapy Today journal, July 2016 (vol 27 issue 6 p. 4) on the findings of a piece of research looking at the incidence and prevalence of chronic pain in the UK. http://tinyurl.com/z95wqoy
Journal article to Therapy Today, June 2016 (vol 27 issue 5)“Chronic pain and the self”. Discussing how chronic pain affects our self-concept (how we view ourselves) and proposing a model of change which suggests self- acceptance (to a with-pain-self concept) helps us to live more easily and fully with our chronic pain, rather than despite it. Discusses my pain experiences, and what I have observed in clinical practice. You can view it here:
Letter to BACP Private Practice, October 2015. I wrote a letter in response to an article explaining why Mindfulness practice is not “spiritual bypassing” but a challenging way to sit with our more difficult/hard emotions such as anger and grief.