Edition 1

President’s column; Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology; DOP flashmob; ethnic diversity and the workforce; and more

children and teenagers with Asperger’s; attachment disorder; paranormal belief; prosocial behaviour; and philosophy of psychology

Christina Richards looks behind the dichotomy and calls for change.

There is a dichotomy in mental health services: ‘them and us’, or what Pilgrim (2005, p.123) refers to as ‘two groups of humanity’. This is the process in which some clinicians, psychologists and...

Narinder Kapur and Barbara A. Wilson outline 15 ‘pillars’ to support you.

Excellence as a scientific concept has seldom been the subject of academic scrutiny. This article describes a framework for excellence that can be related to areas of applied psychology. Fifteen ‘...

Fabian A. Davis on the secret ingredient that enables people to ‘bounce’ back as active citizens.

As a clinical psychologist working primarily from a therapeutic perspective, I have always kept a second string to my bow. In the 1980s it was community psychology and more recently it has been...

David Carew, Richard Birkin and David Booth on what the government’s Department for Work and Pensions is doing.

The development of the social exclusion concept has recognised that employment plays an important part. The importance of employment in this context has long been recognised by the UK government...

Catherine Sholl, Juan Korkie and Dave Harper outline some ways to address discrimination in this key group.

Mental health service users are one of the most socially excluded groups in society. Surveys indicate that younger people have less understanding of their own and others’ mental health. In this...

Geoff Shepherd on the demand for and availability of mental health services in prison.

Prisons are full of socially excluded people with mental health problems. They are also caught between demands for public safety and the ambition to ‘rehabilitate’ offenders. If psychologists are...

Fabian A. Davis talks to Naomi Eisenstadt, then Director of the Government’s Social Exclusion Task Force

Up until her retirement last September, Naomi Eisenstadt was Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force at the Cabinet Office. She was responsible for the delivery of the socially excluded adults...

Mark Hayward, Elizabeth Holford and Peter Kinderman introduce the special issue, which addresses how we can help those who are being left behind

Is there such a thing as society? Do we have a collective responsibility towards people who may be excluded from the social settings/circles where we feel valued? Articles within this special...