Promoting the Wellbeing of Men and Boys
You don’t have to be a psychologist to appreciate the amazing things happening at this inspiring event
Two days of cutting edge theory and practical strategies
A great opportunity to meet leading lights in this exciting field
Dr Liz Bates
Dr Liz Bates is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Cumbria, UK, and a Chartered Psychologist. Her award-winning research explores men’s experiences of domestic violence including barriers to help-seeking, and recovery. Dr Bates is a trustee with the ManKind Initiative.
Dr Roger Kingerlee
Dr Roger Kingerlee is a consultant clinical psychologist who specialises in male-friendly therapy, especially in the treatment of military veterans and complex trauma. Roger works with the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and is one of the editors of the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology.
Mark Brooks, OBE
Mark Brooks, OBE, is Chair of Trustees at the ManKind Initiative charity. This male-friendly service was the first charity in Great Britain to support male victims of domestic abuse. Mark was recently awarded an OBE for services to male victims of domestic abuse, include raising awareness of this problem.
Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan.
Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan, University of Central Lancashire, UK. An expert on intimate partner violence, Prof Graham-Kevan’s recent lecture at the EU Parliament in Brussels on the impact on children of witnessing parental violence is an example of her cutting-edge contributions to this field.
Britain's first ever Minister for Suicide Prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price, will talk about finding solutions to men's mental health problems.
Professor Miles Groth
Live from New York, existential therapist and author Professor Miles Groth, of Wagner College New York, will discuss male-friendly therapy.
WHAT PREVIOUS ATTENDEES HAVE SAID
“It was refreshing to hear themes of masculinity and fatherhood being spoken of in a positive way back up by studies"
“A truly inspiring conference. I was particularly pleased with the straight talking of most speakers"
THE PALGRAVE HANDBOOK OF MALE PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH, 2019
A FEW WORDS
The first Male Psychology Conference (at UCL in 2014) was a one-day affair. Although there were talks from psychologists all over England, it drew a lot upon the work of psychologists within the fledgling Male Psychology Network, plus some UK-based third-sector workers (notably Jane Powell of CALM, and Glen Poole, now with the Australian Men’s Health Forum). But looking back it’s clear that the conference already included seminal material. Sam Russ, for example, presented a study which accidently found evidence of ‘male gender blindness’, a variety of cognitive bias that we now recognise as gamma bias. Dr Brenda Todd, developmental psychologist at City University London, presented an early version of her toy preferences research which became such a popular discussion point in publications such as The Conversation. But most of all, the feedback from attendees of this small conference was phenomenal, so the decision to organise a conference the following year was a foregone conclusion.
Since 2014 the conference has grown year on year, and had speakers such as Prof Rory O’Connor, Prof Gijsbert Stoet, and Dr Warren Farrell. Each year the conference is anchored by the presence of the conference Chair, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Martin Seager, the man who first proposed a British Psychological Society (BPS) ‘Male Gender Section’ in 2010, which resulted in the creation of the Male Psychology Section of the BPS in Sept 2018. Looking back on how far we’ve come in just a few years, it’s difficult not to be optimistic about the future of Male Psychology.
Thanks John Barry