Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Dr Mark Yeoman on ‘An Examination of the Cognitive Model of Persecutory Beliefs: What Role Do Anomolous Experiences and Arousal Play in a Search for Meaning?’, will be held on Wednesday May 29th 2013 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Mark Yeoman is a recently qualified clinical psychologist who graduated from Newcastle University, and is currently working in a psychological therapies service.  His doctoral thesis examined the threat anticipation cognitive model of persecutory beliefs (Freeman, Garety, Kuipers, Fowler & Bebbington, 2002). This model proposes that persecutory threat beliefs are partly formed when people experience anomalous experiences alongside increased physiological arousal, which causes them to engage in a search for meaning process so as to make sense of their experiences. This part of the model has not previously been examined through research, and Mark’s doctoral project examined the relative contribution of anomalous experiences and arousal, as operationalised in written vignettes, on scores on a search for meaning measure. Mark’s talk will outline and discuss his research findings, and consider anomalous experiences within the context of everyday life and psychosis.

Places are limited for this event.  For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Victoria Patton.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

If you would like to receive information about future JSIGP meetings via email, please sign up to the JSIGP mailing list.

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