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Psychologists Protection Society Trust AGM & CPD Event – Glasgow 2019

November 1, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Glasgow 2019

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The Psychologists Protection Society Trust is pleased to announce two CPD events which will be held before and after our AGM on the Evening of Friday 1st November 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, The Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD. These will be hosted by our special guest speakers – Dr. Robert Watson and Ann Moulds.

You are invited to watch the AGM & CPD events online (Free of Charge) or join us at the event in Glasgow (Free of Charge).


(All times in GMT)

17:15-18:15 - LIVE CPD EVENT
Therapuetic Ruptures - Dr. Robert Watson

20:15-21:15 - LIVE CPD EVENT
Stalking & Mental Health Professionals: An Occupational Hazard - Ann Moulds


University of Strathclyde
The Technology and Innovation Centre
99 George St
G1 1RD Glasgow
United Kingdom

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Therapuetic Ruptures – Dr. Robert Watson


Decades of psychotherapy research demonstrates that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to good outcomes in any therapy. Yet problems and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship are common and stressful, and they can present challenges to therapists across all levels of experience. This presentation will focus on therapist factors associated with the successful repair of ruptures in the therapeutic alliance and those which impede it. I will draw on the consensus from the research literature and my own clinical and supervisory experience to outline helpful therapist responses to tensions in the alliance, and unhelpful or counter-productive therapist responses to problems in the therapeutic alliance. I will reflect on the ways in which the therapist’s relationship to their vulnerable side can affect the rupture repair process.

In this presentation I will:

  • Provide a relational perspective of the therapeutic alliance, so that participants can have a framework for understanding their interventions as relational acts, regardless of their modality of practice.
  • Provide an overview of the types of rupture events and their markers.
  • Describe a hierarchy of strategies for addressing tensions in the alliance.
  • Give an account of the consensus from the literature regarding helpful and unhelpful therapist responses to tensions in the alliance. I will discuss what we know about what works and what does not when therapists attempt to repair the alliance, common errors, and how the therapist relationship with their own vulnerable side can help or hinder resolution.

About Dr. Robert Watson


Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy Supervisor & Therapist, Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001. I have extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Supervisor, and am currently the vice-chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy UK. I worked in the NHS in adult mental health and sexual health/HIV services, helping people with a wide range of mental and sexual health problems. I worked to a senior level in the profession, managing services and training and supervising others.

Looking back now, I can see how unprepared I was when I first qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for dealing with problems in the alliance. It was one of my key reasons to undertake training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy first as a therapist and later as a supervisor – a relational model that focuses on understanding and revising unhelpful and limiting patterns of relating both outside and inside the consulting room. The therapeutic relationship, and how as therapists we understand and try to negotiate it, has been one of my lifelong clinical interests over the last seventeen years. I have been fortunate to write and teach about it and supervise doctoral research on the subject. Since 2018, I have been running the following workshop: "Understanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical clinical skills workshop". Previous recipients have included the West London Mental Health Trust Personality Disorder Service and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy CPD program. Details of this and other workshops that I run are available at www.become-psychology-london.co.uk.

Robert Watson

Stalking & Mental Health Professionals: An Occupational Hazard – Ann Moulds


Stalking is a prevalent issue that cuts across all domains of society. The impact of stalking on its victims can often hold long term devastating psychological consequences and in some case lead to physical violence. It is a crime that is often underreported both in the general population and in clinical settings.

Research shows mental health professionals have a higher risk of being stalked than the general population. The stalking can start for a variety of reasons. The patients/client stalker may be driven by resentment at what they perceive as inadequate or unreasonable treatment or it could be triggered by the ending of the therapeutic relationship, whilst others may stalk out of amorous interest. It is not uncommon for ex partners of victims to turn their unwanted attention to the mental health professional.

It is important that mental health professionals have an understanding of the risks involved in working with victims and those inherent in their therapeutic activities.

About Ann Moulds


Founder & CEO; Action Against Stalking, Clinical Behavioural Psychotherapist, Accredited BABCP, Accredited Trainer COSCA.

Ann's professional background is in Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Psychotherapy, training and development. In 2009, she launched her award winning campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking (ASAS) with the overall aim of having stalking recognised as a specific criminal offence within Scottish law and to give the victim an identity and a voice.

Campaign Action Scotland quickly became a national and international campaign, and over the past five years Ann and her team have contributed to some major breakthroughs – most notably the introduction of the 'Offence of Stalking' (sec 39 Criminal Justice & Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010). The introduction of stalking into the Council of Europe's European Convention to combat Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence and in March 2012, England & Wales introduced two new offences of stalking into the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012.

Ann has presented as a key speaker at conferences and seminars across the country and on the European platform, and is committed to providing high quality training to police, criminal justice professionals, government funded bodies, educational institutions and victim support agencies across Scotland as well as on the international stage.


November 1, 2019
5:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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