Symbiotics attend the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference

We were pleased to attend The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Annual Conference recently, hosted by The British Psychological Society.

There were several very interesting streams of papers around wellbeing and assessment which were of particular interest to us because of our associations with RaSP and the ARV. Some of these papers covered assessments within the police context specifically, which helped to underpin some of the content we provide through our Investigative Skills training courses that we undertake with the emergency services and beyond. You can read more about these here.

One of the ADAPT psychologists, Frances, said “the conference provided some good insight into research projects and all of the latest papers. There was a broad range of topics and themes covered, but the commonalities arising from the conference are directly relevant to the industries we work with”.

Other streams particularly relevant for us were the focus on wellbeing and the difficulties arising when wellbeing inventions aren’t accepted by the target audience because they don’t feel like it is relevant to them. This can often be because of the stigma associated with mental health issues and an unwillingness still to discuss the topic. This leads to a need to have some way of identifying the people who do need the interventions – identifying those at risk of mental health problems. We work with MHS Assessments in the use of MindQ, a clinically validated mental wellbeing risk assessment. This helps to identify the people at risk of mental health issues and enable them to receive the support required.

We were also pleased to understand more about the ongoing research into the use of digital within assessments and behavior. This supports the work that we are currently undertaking around the latest developments in assessments in the digital age and it was great to hear confirmation that we are following the best practice methods put forward by the British Psychological Society. As Frances said: “our online products are using the latest research into digital behavior and assessment”.

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