Steve Heigham

Msc in Evolutionary Psychology

The conference title was: ‘Towards meeting client’s needs; Ethics, Conduct and practice in psychotherapy in the 21st century’. I co-chaired the conference, which was very interesting. Speakers presented papers on many aspects of ethics, with quite an emphasis on the many ways that the therapeutic relationship can go astray, and how this can be put right, particularly with respect to encouraging client autonomy. The BPS President, Peter Kinderman, gave a talk on the need for change in the whole way that we view mental health, breaking away from the more bio/medical model of diagnosis and classification and working in more holistic ways to create care pathways for people suffering distress.