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Interpersonal violence: a health outcome of interest to health psychology?

Violence between intimate partners (or domestic violence, or interpersonal violence – it’s hard to choose a label for this phenomenon that isn’t problematic) might not seem the most relevant topic for health psychologists. Yet  violent crime is one of the most prominent health concerns highlighted in the public health profile for Coventry recently published by Public Health England.

Interpersonal violence has clear implications for the physical health and emotional wellbeing of all concerned, yet it doesn’t feature prominently on the standard health psychology curriculum. Some of the theoretical models that are widely used in health psychology may well apply to explaining interpersonal violence, and some of the same principles of behaviour change intervention may be relevant. Some colleagues at Coventry (led by Forensic Psychologist Erica Bowen) have formed a special interest group to address research and practice in this field. Their next meeting is coming soon.

Violence and Interpersonal Aggression: Interest group meeting

The next meeting of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression interest group will take place on November 13th at 10.00 – 13.00 in Coventry University James Starley Building room 207 (2nd floor). The seminar component will comprise three presentations:

Dr Kate Walker, Coventry University: ‘The process of desistance from intimate partner violence’
Mike Bedford, Splitz (Trowbridge): ‘A group based intervention for male Domestic Violence perpetrators’
Chris Dyer, Mentoring West Midlands: ‘Piloting a mentoring scheme for high risk Domestic Violence perpetrators’

All are welcome to attend and please distribute this notice throughout your networks.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Erica Bowen, Forensic Psychologist c/o Psychology & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University.

Posted by Carol Percy (course director MSc health psychology)

 

 

Work experience in health psychology: our students’ placements

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Preparing students for professional practice is at the core of our programme. In the module Advancing Professional Practice in Health Psychology, students have the option to undertake a work experience placement. The structure and format of this is flexible, and the choice of setting can be negotiated between the student and the course team.

Examples of placements our students have undertaken include:

  • Research work in the Applied Research Centre for Health & Lifestyle Interventions
  • Clinical support work in drugs and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Community public health outreach work with a football club
  • Clinical support work in hospital haematology services

Because our programme is long established, we have good links to organisations that offer placements. This work experience is very valuable in establishing your professional and career network. Some of our students who undertake placements go on to paid employment with the same organisations after they graduate.

Here is a very brief snapshot of the key learning experiences our 2012/13 cohort of students have undertaken on their placements:

  • Conducting a literature review on factors that influence food choice, especially for people with learning disabilities.
  • Participant observer in a community based weight management group for people with learning disabilities.
  • Presenting to a multidisciplinary professional team research findings on determinants of food choice in people with learning disabilities.
  • Drawing on principles of motivational interviewing to deliver a participative health and wellbeing class to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Drawing on principles of cognitive behavioural theory to deliver a healthy eating workshop to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Producing posters to increase engagement with a walking group for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Co-facilitating a healthy eating workshop for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Dealing sensitively and professionally with a patient’s disclosure of non- adherence to treatment.
  • Attending external, cross-organisational training on promoting health and wellbeing.
  • Developing a new range of supported physical activities for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Participant observation in a weight management group.
  • Collecting and analysing patient reported outcomes (e.g. HRQoL) pre and post a group intervention for obese patients seeking bariatric surgery.
  • Redesigning information leaflets for renal patients.
  • Conducting a literature review on the relationship between sleep apnoea and obesity.
  • Teaching NHS colleagues about psychosocial aspects of end stage renal failure.

Come and meet a member of the team at our open day 8th June

We are looking forward to welcoming anyone interested in postgraduate study in health psychology to our Open Day on 8th June. Further details on the university’s main site below.

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/open-days/postgraduate-and-part-time/

Changing health…

Changing health service

Ever since the NHS was created it has been dominated by two services – hospitals and GP care. But if the health service is to thrive in the 21st Century that will have to change. There will need to be a third pillar – the community service (or integrated care as it is known in the NHS). The term covers services aimed at people with long-term conditions. They are the patients who need care as there is no cure.

This is how the BBC have described the pressing need for health services to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions. More on this and the imminent changes to the structure and function of the NHS at the BBC health news site.