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My work spans two areas: psychosis and spirituality, and clinical psychology. Both draw on the research based Interacting Cognitive Subsystems model of cognition, and both seek to bring spirituality into centre stage, founding it in cognitive and other research and theory, and regarding it as a central part of what it means to be human.

Recently I have been developing the Emotion Focused Formulation Approach (EFFA) in the diverse contexts of Acute, IAPT and Culture Free Adaptation.
See  "ICS Underpinning 3rd Wave CBT" for more details.


How to Deal with Anger: a 5-step CBT plan for managing anger and overcoming frustration. (2016 Isabel Clarke),  will be published by John Murray Learning in June.

Our first paper describing and evaluating the Acute Mental Health initiative has been published on line (paper publication to follow).

 David Araci & Isabel Clarke (2016): Investigating the efficacy of a whole team, psychologically informed, acute mental health service approach, Journal of Mental Health,
DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2016.1139065
To link to this article: (or email me via contact page).

Watch out for the second which is a qualitative study of staff reactions. Research on service user feedback is in progress.



Forthcoming Events

BABCP 44th Anual Conference. Symposium on
Psychologically Informed Acute Care: A Whole Service Approach.

The Emotion Focused Formulation approach in Hampshire, Surrey Borders, Sheffield and Edinburgh.
 15th - 17th June. Belfast. Waterfront Centre.


BPS Transpersonal Section Annual Conference. "Spirituality, Psychology & Wellbeing: Transpersonal Psychology in Practice"

17th - 18th September.Highgate House in Northamptonshire

Keynote: Psychosis and spirituality - finding your way and helping others

More details nearer the time.

 ISPS UK Residential Conference taking place at
The University of Exeter, September 7th & 8th 2016:
 Therapeutic Relationships:
Challenges for Mental Health services and those who use them

I will be presenting a workshop at this conference title:

Meeting the challenge of extending the good therapeutic relationship with the individual practitioner to the whole team.
Book conference place on-line (early bird deadline 30/4/16):


Recent  Events

 An evening talk for Brighton Soteria:

Soteria in the Pub: Spiritual Crisis – a fresh perspective on unusual states of mind, with Isabel Clarke
January 28th 2016 
XX Annual Course of Schizophrenia.

Madrid 26th – 28th November 2015

J. Strauss, L. Davidson, P. Lysaker (USA),
I. Clarke (United Kingdom), R. Mezzina (Italy),
M. Hernández Monsalve, G. Lahera (Madrid),
JM. Blanqué, M. Montoro (Barcelona), G. Roldán (Granada),
L. Tost, C. Hdez A. de Sotomayor (Tenerife),
y M. González de Chávez (Madrid)

For the full programme see:
Links to my presentations:
Presentation 1:
Bringing psychosis in from the cold. Seeing anomalous experiencing in the wider context of  human cognition .

Presentation 2:
 “What is real and what is not”. A therapeutic approach to psychosis that takes experience seriously and undermines stigma.

Symposium presented at the DCP 50th Anniversary Annual Conference,
2-4th December 2015

 Psychologically Informed Acute Care: the Emotion Focused Formulation Approach (EFFA).
 The need for a more psychological approach throughout Acute Care is well attested.  EFFA is designed to meet this need through providing a whole service approach encompassing both individual, collaborative, formulation and group work designed to teach skills.  The groups are designed for delivery by the wider staff group, thus distributing psychological mindedness and a psychological orientation to treatment throughout the multi disciplinary team. Originally piloted in one centre (Durrant et al 2007), the Emotion Focused Formulation approach is now being applied in acute care across the UK. This symposium will report evaluation results, impact  and progress from three centres: Hampshire, Sheffield and Surrey and Borders .

Investigating the efficacy of a whole team, psychologically informed,
acute mental health service approach
. David Araci.  Hampshire.
Changing the Narrative with people who present in crisis across the acute and rehabilitation care pathway.
 Linda Wilkinson, Kate Oldfield. Sheffield
Enhancing Recovery: Service-User Experiences of Emotion-Focused Formulation in Acute Care Services
Dr Anna Preston and Miss Mahalia Torgbor. Surrey Borders
The perspective of the service user: Accounts of taking part in the Intensive Support Programme (ISP) at an acute in-patient facility. Jane Birrell and Donna Rutherford.



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