On Friday 23rd September 2016 The Psychologists Protection Society Trust invited Dr James Hawkins to speak on the topic "Therapist Drift: Black Heresy or Red Herring?". The session was part of the Psychologists Protection Society's 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Dr Hawkins has worked as a medical doctor and as an accredited cognitive therapist. He trained in emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, problem solving and psychosexual medicine. He has been a lecturer on the South of Scotland CBT postgraduate training course, taught seminars for GP's on depression treatment and served on the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network working party to develop anxiety treatment guidelines for Scottish health professionals. He has also chaired the clinical advisory group for AoD, Scotland’s main depression charity and acted as reviewer for papers on stress in the British Medical Journal. He produces a regular newsletter that overviews emerging research in psychotherapy - see www.goodmedicine.org.uk for more details.
Dr Hawkins asks in the session if therapists become less effective the longer they practice? He explores the emerging research that suggests they do and ways of addressing this disturbing situation.
The event proved very popular, with over 130 therapists join in at the venue in Edinburgh or watching the live event online. The video has now been edited and is available to watch online for those who could manage to attend the event online or in person. Click on the image below to start the video.
Dr Hawkins has kindly provided notes for his presentation. Please CLICK HERE to download a copy.