The Conference 2018, UCL, 22-23 June

Thanks to everyone – speakers and attendees – who made this such a memorable event. See Will Collins’ review of the conference here

The Male Psychology Conference 2018 continued our trend for being not only being at the forefront of research in men’s mental health, but creating the cutting edge. Thanks to everyone – speakers and attendees – who made this such a memorable event.

Below is a description of the conference.


You don’t have to be a psychologist to appreciate what’s on offer at this fantastic event taking place at University College London on Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd June 2018 in the JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT, 10am – 5.30pm. Map here


This year the conference has two themes:

Forensic Friday will focus on how boys can go off the rails, and what can be done to recover them, even as adults in prison.

Smiley Saturday will explore some of the positive aspects of men and masculinity, and positive developments for men in therapy and suicide prevention.


Friday 22nd June is Forensic Friday

To many people, those who commit serious violent or sexually violent offences are untreatable and deserve to be left languishing in prison. However, it’s possible to take a look at the man beneath the offending behaviour, understand why the offences were committed, and enable prisoners to grow enough so that their risk of reoffending is reduced.

Friday will be a day dedicated to some of the most important and cutting edge psychology anywhere in the world. Learn for example, how those who are considered psychopathic might be able to connect with their emotions and behave with compassion rather than callousness.

Keynote speakers for Friday
Dr Naomi Murphy
, clinical lead at HMP Whitemoor, UK. Expert in treating some of the most challenging criminal behaviours in UK prisons today.

Dr Ashley-Christopher Fallon, Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, UK.


Saturday 23rd June is Smiley Saturday

We hear a lot in the media about toxic masculinity, and how men need to change. So is there any reason to feel positive about men and masculinity? Yes there is! Find out how and why it’s time that we started feeling better about men.

Keynote speaker for Saturday
Professor Matt Englar-Carlson,
California State University, US. Pioneer of the positive psychology/positive masculinity model of therapy. Influenced by positive psychology, this model sees the therapeutic value in emphasising and utilising men’s strengths rather than weaknesses. For example, men typically work well in groups (e.g. team sports), and some of these positive group dynamics might be considered for group therapy.


Special guest speakers on either day

Dr Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Joe will tell us about his new project, the Zero Tolerance of Suicide training.

Glen Poole, author and research for Men’s Health Forum Australia. Glen will be updating us on his research on the causes of male suicide. This promises to be unmissable for those interested in this important topic.

Dr Barry Cripps, founder of the BPS Sport & Exercise Psychology Division. Barry will tell us about the special relevance of Sport & Exercise Psychology to Male Psychology.

Paula Hall, Sex Addiction Therapist. Paula takes a fresh look at sex addiction in men, including how men are more likely than women to use sex as a way of dealing with stress.


Schedule and full list of speakers


Timetable of events 2018 (day 1)

Friday 22rd June
Time Event Speaker Title (abbreviated)
9.15 Registration + coffee Registration in foyer; coffee in room B15, downstairs from the JZ Young lecture theatre
10.00 Welcome & Martin Seager, Samaritans Overview of the day’s events
10.10 Keynote Keynote: Dr Naomi Murphy, clinical lead at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), Whitemoor, UK. Sex offenders with personality disorders: successful therapeutic approaches
11.00 Presentation Joel Beckman, Operations Director, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) CALM campaigns
11.25 Presentation Paula Hall (psychotherapist & author) Men and sex addiction
11.50 Tea break In Gavin de Beer lecture theatre
12.05 Presentation Andrew Briggs, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, NHS, UK From stealing to rape: the impact of family disruption on boys
12.30 Presentation Nathan Roberts, Chief Exec, Band of Brothers, UK Band of Brothers: a social action solution for disaffected young men
12.55 In brief Vincent McGovern (FNF) Men’s mental health and divorce courts
1.00 Lunchtime In room B15, downstairs
1.45 Group photo
2.00 Keynote Keynote: Dr Ashley-Christopher Fallon, Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, UK. Mad and bad men – a fresh look at psychiatric and criminal labels
2.50 Presentation Mark Brooks, Chairman, Mankind Initiative, UK Review of the The ManKind Initiative domestic violence helpline
3.15 Presentation Rahmanara Chowdhury & Professor Belinda Winder, Nottingham Trent University, UK Domestic violence in the Muslim community
3.40 In brief Stuart Hontree Parental alienation and the law
3.45 Tea break In room B15, downstairs
4pm Presentation David Eggins & Denise Knowles, Temper Domestic Violence Ltd, UK Can therapists see beyond the model of ‘man as domestic abuser’
4.25 Presentation Ianto Doyle & Dylan Terry-Doyle, Journeyman, UK Mentoring troubled boys: assessment of the Journeyman programme
4.50 Shazia Hussain, University of Birmingham. Male prisoner’s experiences of psychological therapy
5.15 Final words Martin Seager, Samaritans What’s on tomorrow?
5.25 Drinks reception In room B15, downstairs. Glass of wine for attendees.






Timetable of events 2018 (day 2)

Sat 23rd June
Time Event Speaker Title (abbreviated)
9.15 Registration + coffee Registration in foyer; coffee in Gavin de Beer lecture theatre, opposite the JZ Young lecture theatre
10.00 Welcome & Martin Seager, Samaritans Overview of the day’s events
10.10 Keynote Keynote: Professor Matt Englar-Carlson, California State University, US. The positive psychology / Positive Masculinity approach: improving therapy by harnessing men’s strengths
11.00 Presentation Glen Poole, Men’s Health Forum Australia The causes of male suicide. Update of his very popular lecture at UCL in January.
11.25 Presentation Dr John Barry, UCL, & Martin Daubney, broadcaster & journalist, UK. Predictors of positive mental attitude in men
11.50 Tea break in Gavin de Beer
12.05 Presentation Dr Roger Kingerlee, Gabriel Abotsie, Luke Woodley, & Andrew Fisk, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust The Men’s Wellbeing Project: offering men a male-friendly approach to therapy
12.30 Presentation Dr Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK The Zero Tolerance of Suicide training
12.55 In brief To be announced To be announced
1.00 Lunchtime
1.45 Group photo
2.00 Presentation Dr Svend Aage Madsen Head of Research, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. Male-specific symptoms of perinatal depression
2.25 Presentation Derek McDonnell, CEO and Co-Founder Mojo, Ireland Developing the Mojo training programme for men in distress
2.50 Presentation Dr Barry Cripps, founder, BPS Sport & Exercise Psychology Division, UK Sport & Exercise Psychology meets Male Psychology
3.15 Tea break in Gavin de Beer
3.30 Presentation Dr Duncan Shields & Dr David Kuhl, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Identifying masculine strengths to improve therapy
3.55 Presentation Dr Hazel Lewis University of Liverpool, UK, Dr Gundi Kieml, Dr Michelle Lowe Bolton University, UK, & Bob Balfour Survivors West Yorkshire, Bradford, UK. Post-traumatic growth in male survivors of sexual abuse
4.20 Panel discussion



Panel guests from various countries How is male psychology viewed around the world?
5.10 Final words Martin Seager, Samaritans What did we learn at the conference?
5.20 Drinks reception Gavin de Beer lecture theatre. Glass of wine for attendees.

 Speakers and posters may change subject to unexpected circumstances (illness etc.)



The standard and volume of submissions was so good this year that we have some of the best posters seen relative to any of the previous years.

List of posters appearing on Fri &/or Saturday

Dr C. Lemaigre Southwark CMHT, London, UK & Dr E. Taylor University of Edinburgh, UK.

Childhood Trauma and Suicidality in Scottish men

Dr Kevin Wright, Chartered Counselling Psychologist; Chartered Scientist & Fellow of BPS

A Boy’s Journey away from gang life to being a man. Critical stages of development & intervention.

Dr Amanda Kinsella Senior Psychologist, NHS Halton, Alastair Pipkin University of Oxford, Oxford, David Keeling NHS Halton

Men are from Mars: A Pilot Recovery-Focused Group for Men

Dr Greg Stocks & Dr Bradley J Crookhemotion, Solihull, Dr Thomas Patterson Coventry University, UK

Effect of client & therapist gender on practitioner attitudes

Shugufta R, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Body image and westernisation amongst Middle Eastern men

Dr Eimear Ruane-McAteer , Professor Joe M O’Sullivan, Dr Gillian Prue ( University Belfast & Professor Sam Porter Bournemouth University, UK

A Cognitive- Emotional See-Saw: active surveillance for prostate cancer

Jennie Cummings-Knight, Goldenleafcounselling, UK

Shogun: confidence, masculinity & culture

Belinda Brown, CTS, UCL, London, UK

Evolutionary view of Masculinity

Daniel Yeap, Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya

Male help-seeking in medicine in Malaya

Des McVey HMP Whitemoor, UK

Helping the emotional growth of male prisoners

Paul Burns, Operational Officer, Fens OPDP, HMP Whitemoor, UK

The Evolving Role of the Prison Officer

Deborah Powney & Prof Nicola Graham-Kevan University of Central Lancashire, UK.>

Male victims of domestic violence

Dr Naomi Murphy & Sara Rodrigo-Valcárcel, HMP Whitemoor, UK,Martin Seager, Central London Samaritans, Dr John Barry, UCL, UK.

Gender issues for prisons officers dealing with sex offenders

Anita Jenkins&Barbara Parker. The Fens Service, OPDP, HMP Whitemoor.

Supervision process for Prison Officers

Vincent McGovern, Chair of Central and North London Families Need Fathers, UK.

Family courts & mental health

Imanuel Ben-Israel & Dr Kate Ellis-Davies Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Non-resident fathers wellbeing & relationship with children

Dr Joe MacDonagh, Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

The workplace mental health gap

Dr Robin Hadley Manchester, UK, Chloe Newby, Male Psychology Network, UK, & Dr John Barry, UCL, UK.

Anxious childhood attachment predicts childlessness in the over-50s

Jenny Young, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

The female interviewer / male interviewee relationship

Mark Bond-Webster, Caring Dads Programme, Norfolk, UK

Helping fathers to value their children

Anna Lynall, Professor Andy Turner, Professor Ala Szczepura, & Becky Whiteman, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.

Using film to develop peer support for men in cancer screening

Nick Duffell, Honorary Research Associate at UCL

Assessment of men’s groups

Dr Naomi Murphy, clinical lead at HMP Whitemoor, UK.

Being a Man (Inside): Inspirational Masculinity

Dr Eimear Ruane-McAteer, Dr Áine Aventin, Professor Mike Clarke, Professor Maria Lohan, Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Lisa McDaid, University of Glasgow, UK.

Involving teen men in preventing unplanned pregnancy: RCT

Dr Robin Hadley Manchester, UK, & Dr Sarah Earle, The Open University, UK

Men and breast feeding, systematic review

Editors: Dr John Barry, UCL, UK, Martin Seager, Central London Samaritans, Dr Roger Kingerlee, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS, and Dr Luke Sullivan, NHS, London UK

Preview of The Male Psychology Handbook (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Dr John Barry, UCL, UK, Louise Liddon, Male Psychology Network, UK, Martin Seager, Central London Samaritans, UK.

Why don’t men support one another? Evidence from social psychology

You can find a downloadable list of speakers here: List of speakers Conference 2018 20-2-18 (this will download as a pdf).


Tickets and registration

Please note that any ticket purchases after the Monday 5pm deadline will not come with catering because they will have missed the catering order deadline.

Conference fees

Special rate for UCL students: £50 for both days. Contact

Select the correct ticket from the drop down menu below. Note that the concessionary rate is for people who are unemployed or full time students. Evidence of this (e.g. scan of current student card) will need to be emailed to before the concession can be given.


Catch the buzz at UCL on 22nd and 23rd of June!

Note that the abstract submission deadline closed Mon 30th Jan 2018, 5pm (GMT).

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