Think Physiotherapy – Think Psychology #physiotalk Monday 11 May

On Monday 11th May at 8pm(GMT) we’ll be discussing psychological strategies for physiotherapists with Dr Richard Bennett Chartered Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. We are really looking forward to this chat, and Richard has set a new standard in sending in pre-chat information ahead of time!

Here is some information to read before the chat, including links to more information and resources – please publicise the chat far and wide as this is a fantastic opportunity to discuss this area of physiotherapy practice.

Think Physiotherapy – Think Psychology

Subsequent to gaining considerable experience in training physiotherapists in the UK and Ireland to incorporate psychological theory and techniques into their clinical practice, I was approached by the MACP to do a podcast in association with Physio Matters (see link below).  The response to this podcast was incredible, with download figures in the tens of thousands.  I didn’t really see that coming, and it was both humbling and satisfying.  The response confirmed what I think I already suspected – that psychology as an integral part of understanding the clinical presentation of people who present with physical health problems.

Whilst physical health care is only really beginning to get to grips with all that psychology has to offer, it seems to me that physiotherapy as a profession is at the forefront of opening up and engaging in this dialogue.  It is heartening to see a steady growth in the publication of papers attesting to the benefits of utilising techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) within physiotherapy.  However, until exposure to these ideas is integrated into basic training programmes, physiotherapists are faced with an entry into this sphere through the accumulation of post-qualification experience and training, and it can be difficult to know where to start.

This tweetchat will be an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and debate any pertinent issues surrounding the use of psychological interventions in physiotherapy practice.  A few of the questions that it might be interesting to consider before and during the tweetchat are listed below to get you thinking.

  • What are CBT, ACT and MI? What are the similarities and differences between them?
  • What is the relationship between what my patients think, feel, and do?
  • What’s mindfulness? Does it involve lycra and a yoga mat?
  • Why do some of my patients seem to act in self-defeating ways, like not listening to the great advice I give?
  • In between all the advice I give, how much do I stop and listen to what people say to me?
  • What is the added value of psychological approaches to my practice? What’s in it for my patients?  What’s in it for me?
  • What is the evidence base for incorporating these approaches?
  • How do I know where to start learning about this stuff?
  • Even if I learned more, how could I fit any more interventions into the already limited time that I have with my patients?
  • Do all psychologists have couch in their office? Can they read minds?  Will this guy analyse each and every one of my tweets in order to dissect the internal workings of my mind?

I look forward to chatting with you on 11 May 2015

Best wishes, Rich, Think Psychology, @thinkpsychol.

Pre-chat resources

About our host Dr Richard Bennett BSc DipCOT ClinPsyD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

Richard is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

With more than 20 years experience working as a healthcare professional within the NHS and private practice, Richard brings his experience of both Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology practice to this tweetchat.

In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience of teaching and training.  He is a Senior Academic Tutor in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) within the psychology department the University of Birmingham, leading the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity Psychological Therapies, and regularly lecturing students training in Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and CBT.  He has trained and supervised a range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas, including work in the USA, South Africa, and Romania.

In the media, as an advocate for psychological wellbeing, Richard has worked as a consultant for television and theatre productions, and has contributed to commercial radio and magazine articles. His work in the field of mental health care has been published in books and peer reviewed journals.

Richard also has more than 10 years of experience as an expert witness in complex criminal and civil court cases, where the pertinent issues involve a history of mental illness, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, offending behaviour, or other emotional and psychological disturbance. He has regularly provided psychological reports and oral evidence to the court, as well as other settings such as Parole Board hearings and Mental Health Review Tribunals.

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