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Doing things differently (perhaps…)

As a Professor of Clinical Psychology, the ideas that I research and write about have real significance. I work (part time, unpaid) in the UK’s NHS as a clinical psychologist. …

More examples of self-help…

In addition to the smartphone app, which isn’t suitable for everyone, we’ve tried to offer other ways to learn from some of the day-to-day work of clinical psychologists. Here, you …

“Catch It’ – a smartphone app

Clinical psychologists often (although by no means always) use a specific therapeutic strategy called ‘cognitive behaviour therapy’ or CBT in their work. It is a very popular approach to therapy. …

The interactive model

This interactive spreadsheet, explained in the video, allows you to see how biological problems, social problems, life events and rumination can have an effect on mental health. You can input …

Implications of a psychological model

As a practicing clinical psychologist, the point of doing research is to make a difference in practice. In this brief video, I explain some of the implications of the findings …

Testing the model

In this video, I explain the large study we conducted with the help of the BBC, testing out the relationships between the variables in my model of mental health and …

Making sense of things

As a Professor of Clinical Psychology, I have argued for a long time that our mental health is essentially a psychological issue, and that biological, social, and circumstantial factors affect …

Bio-psycho-social models

A brief video discussing the complex relationship between biological and social accounts of mental health and well-being.

Life events and mental health

In this week’s videos and papers we discuss the role of life events and environmental factors – nurture – in the development of mental health problems. This video introduces the …

Integrating biological and social approaches

A brief critique of the week’s discussions, and an introduction to next week’s material. In this brief video, I discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of the biological approaches to …

Biological models of mental health

This brief video introduces the seminal 1998 paper outlining a ‘new intellectual framework for psychiatry’ by Eric Kandel. We’ll look at Kandel’s paper in more detail on the next step.

What does the brain actually do?

In this week’s videos and papers we discuss the role of biological factors – nature – in the development of mental health problems. We hear again from Professor John Quinn, …