Why ideas matter: Jennifer Clegg reflects on her presentation to the December Psychology Cultures Seminar

Psychology has traditionally been a discipline that focuses on evidence but, as Liz Valentine observed, it is not always clear what ideas the data are evidence for. Moreover, some regard empiricism as highly conservative: it recycles traditional ideas that validate the status quo, mistrusting ideas and the imagination (summarised in Pilgrim 2015). In Logic of…

At the limits of understanding: A psychologist’s reflections on work with gender variant children

Announcement of February Psychology Cultures Seminar We are delighted to announce that Bernadette Wren will be speaking at the Psychology Cultures Seminar in February. The details are as follows: Title: ‘Through understanding to the limits of understanding’: Reflections on the crisis of meaning in work with gender variant children and adolescents  Public Talk by Bernadette…

The profession of clinical psychology: looking backwards and looking forwards

This term our Psychology Cultures Seminar was a celebration of the career of previous Course Director, Mike Wang. The topic of the seminar was the future of clinical psychology as a profession, and Jamie Hacker Hughes, one of the speakers and a colleague of Mike’s from the British Psychological Society, has sent in this post. A tribute to Professor Mike…

Rave reviews for Anne Goodwin’s first novel, Sugar and Snails

“The Good Story” by Arabella Kurtz recommended to help writers understand how a therapist’s mind works  Anne Goodwin headed up psychology services for clients with severe and enduring mental health problems in Nottingham for many years. She also regularly supervised trainees and contributed to teaching on the Leicester training course. Anne is now a full-time writer and her first novel, Sugar and…

Upcoming Seminar on Understanding South Asian Male Genders & Same-sex Sexualities: An Intersectional Approach

The Department are very pleased to announce that the next Psychology Cultures Seminar will be delivered by Professor Roshan das Nair on Monday 7th December, 2.30-4.30pm at the Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester. The seminar will focus on the intersectionalities of ethnicity, gender and  same-sex sexualities. Psychology and healthcare professionals tend to view these…