Ute Liersch gets congratulations

Congratulations to fourth year DPsych student Ute Liersch, who won the Student-Practitioner Award at the International Meaning Conference (IMEC) 2019.

Liersch 's presentation, based on her doctoral research, was entitled "The meanings of chronic pain acceptance".

“Chronic pain management programmes are a widespread and valuable form of group therapy within the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom”, said Dr Isabel Henton, Head of Regent’s DPsych Counselling Psychology programme. “One core aim of these programmes is to help people work towards acceptance of their chronic pain condition. Ute's research explores understandings of the idea of ‘acceptance’ among people who have dropped out of the programme. Research carried out among people who drop out of therapy is relatively rare compared to research among people who successfully complete therapy and gain some benefit from it, yet it is perhaps one of the most valuable forms of therapy research. Such studies can help practitioners better understand what people (who may not let them know otherwise) think and feel when therapy doesn't work well for them. This feedback can lead directly to local or strategic improvements in practice and the provision of services to those in need of them.”

Liersch was awarded the IMEC Student-Practitioner Award for working with a group of participants who are not often engaged in clinics or with research. She was also given the award because data can change clinical routines, as of now.