Military Psychologist elected as new British Psychological Society President
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes from Anglia Ruskin University was elected the new President of the British Psychological Society at its 2015 Annual Conference held in Liverpool last month.
Professor Hacker Hughes was the Founder Director of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and is currently Visiting Professor of Military Psychology. He is also an independent psychological healthcare consultant with a practice in central London. He specialises in military and veteran psychological health and in the assessment and treatment of psychotrauma.
I am honoured to be following several highly distinguished psychologists to become the Society’s 81st President. I hope to use my time in the Presidency to help to increase psychology’s visibility in society and in the media and to maximise its impact on policy and legislation.
- Professor Hacker Hughes
It was also announced that Professor Peter Kinderman, University of Liverpool, has been elected as President for 2016-7. He will serve a year as President Elect while Professor Hacker Hughes is President.
British Psychological Society 2015 Awards ceremony
A total of 17 psychologists were honoured by the British Psychological Society at an awards ceremony held last month at the Society’s Annual Conference in Liverpool. The full list of winners is on the BPS website
EuroPsy NAC launch in Cyprus
This past May signalled the award of the first EuroPsy certifications in Cyprus to four members of the local NAC and the launch of the EuroPsy certification in Psychology in the local community, during the 15th Annual Hellenic Psychological Society’s conference at the University of Cyprus (see pictures).
We are excited to launch the EuroPsy certification in Cyprus and we are looking beyond national borders with a clear goal in mind – the certification of highly trained professional psychologists who are licensed in Cyprus and who will serve the Cypriot and European consumer safeguarding professional competence using European training standards.
- Dr Anthi Loutsiou, the Chair of the Cyprus NAC
The Cyprus Psychologists’ Association is taking steps towards extending its European presence. CYPSA is co-organising two upcoming European conferences in Cyprus: the 29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society in Limassol and the 19th Conference of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology in Paphos.
Project: SUPER PSIHOLOG
The project SUPER PSIHOLOG (Supervised practice of psychologists: Development of a training programme for mentors and a model of supervised practice, in which the Slovenian Psychologists’ Association is also a partner), aims on implementing the principles of EuroPsy in Slovenia. It enables young psychologist to make quality first steps into psychological work with the help of qualified mentors and supervisors.
Establishing a network of mentors and ongoing supervision is very important for achieving high standards and quality of psychological practice. In April, the Norwegian experts on supervision have shared their experience and knowledge with the Slovenian mentors and supervisors. (See pictures). The third part of the project, concerning promotion of mental health, is in progress and all Slovenian psychologists can apply to attend the workshops for free. More information about the project can be found on the website
Foundation of the Faculty Day Psychology
On 18 May 2015 the Faculty Day Psychology of Germany was founded in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. More than 40 members of the psychological departments participated in the constituting meeting. Meanwhile nearly all of the psychological departments of the German universities have declared their admission.
Externally, the Faculty Day Psychology will serve as an important contact point for conversations on a political level. Its internal function will be at least as important in the discussion and vote on topics like the organisation of academic studies and teaching, course contents and emphases of the degree programmes.
Academy of Psychology in Spain approved by Spanish government
On May 14, 2015 the Spanish government approved a Royal Decree announcing the establishment of an Academy of Psychology. EFPA has endorsed this initiative by sending a letter of support to the Spanish ministry of Education, explaining that the creation of an Academy would confirm the excellent scientific work done by Spanish researchers and theorists in psychology and be instrumental in fostering the further development of scientific psychology in Spain and in promoting European collaboration in research and in valorization of research findings.
More information can be found here.