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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 …

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 …

“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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Different ways to learn

Welcome to the course. There are two different approaches to education; teaching and learning. Teaching involves giving students information, with the student being something of a passive recipient. That might …

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, …