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Presidents of the BPS and BACP endorse new book by UEL Psychology lecturer

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The Presidents of two professional bodies in the field of mental health, have given ringing endorsements to a new book which focuses on professional and ethical issues in the area.

The Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice, was edited by UEL lecturer Professor Rachel Tribe and Dr Jean Morrissey. The new, updated edition reflects the changes in the environment in which psychologists and therapists work, covering a wide range of perspectives, clinical settings and client populations.

The University of East London’s School of Psychology invited experts in the area of mental health, to an all-day conference which included the launch of the book. Delegates discussed the professional, legal and ethical questions which The Handbook addresses.

Speaking to the conference the President of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, said that it was vital that mental health professionals had a clear understanding of ethical issues.

“You all know, because you’re here at the conference today, how important a topic this is” he said.  “So to have a book like this, especially with such a prestigious list of authors, many of whom come from UEL, is such a great thing.  On behalf on the BPS I would like to say congratulations to the editors Rachel and Jean.”

In addition to the launch of the book, the conference covered a wide range of professional and ethical issues ranging from the role of social media, to working as a Community Psychologist.  Participants were also be able to attend a variety of workshops, many of them led by UEL psychologists.

Also in attendance, Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Dr Andrew Reeves, also stressed the importance of professional ethics.

“I was a trainer for a long time, and it was always in the second year, when ethics was on the curriculum that people started dropping out” he revealed. “So what I really enjoyed about today was the vibrancy and energy of the discussions. As a profession it feels like we are really bringing ethics, to the heart and soul of what we do. Which is where it needs to be.”

Dr Reeves was also hearty in his praise for The Handbook.

 “There a lots of books on library shelves that look very grand, but when you start to read them, you get the feeling that life just isn’t long enough” he confessed.  “Whereas I found this book very readable and very accessible in bringing together a range of really important perspectives.

For more information about the The Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice go to the Routledge website.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.