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Dr Ben Harper

Clinical Tutor

Ben Harper


I currently work as a clinical tutor on the Lancaster DClinPsy course and the Programme Director for the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training programme.

I have a varied clinical background and have worked in adoption services, ‘looked after children’ teams and Youth Offending Services (YOS) in Northern Ireland and England.

I have a particular interest in relational models of working and working within complex systems. I have completed post-graduate training in systemic psychotherapy and I am also an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Psycho-therapist with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

I continue to work as a clinical psychologist within the NHS and am currently working within adult mental health services in Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT).

My research interests reflect my clinical work and I am interested in adolescent offending, attachment difficulties and the role of systemic consultation in teams. I have published work in some of these areas and contributed to various national British Psychological Society (BPS) conferences.

Within the DClinPsy team my main roles include co-facilitating clinical supervisor training for qualified psychologists, leading on the ‘theory-to-practice’ strand and contributing to communication skills training.

As the Programme Director of the IAPT CBT training, I provide clinical supervision to trainee CBT therapists and oversee the daily programme delivery. This involves contributing to teaching, academic assessment and clinical skills assessment.