Dr James Hawkins
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 held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In this session Dr Hawkins asks 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.
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.