All about the conference.
Hundreds of delegates. Seven successful years. Our first online conference. One united experience.
A forum for growth.
Professional development, driven by the practitioner community.
We have a simple mission. To act as a forum where practitioners and applied professionals can explore international knowledge and local best-practice to develop the psychology, wellbeing and human performance industry in the region. Even as we all deal with the unique and unprecedented situation that COVID-19 has presented us with.
An introduction to our conference theme for 2020…
Social identities constructed dynamically throughout the lifespan define who we are. They determine how we feel about ourselves and the way we interact with the world. Through socialization, it provides a sense of belongingness and enables us to understand the actions of others. Individual well-being, motives, decision making, career choices, workplace dynamics, learning experiences and mental health cannot be addressed independent of social identity. It is crucial for any psychological intervention to consider the individual within a social context.
Therefore, in order to celebrate the year of tolerance; coexistence and openness to different cultures and commitment to diversity, the theme for this year’s IPCD will be dedicated to the role of social identity in psychological practice and how we can incorporate the way we feel about ourselves to our professional practice.
Moreover, in the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the dynamics of how we are now interacting with the world and each other. IPCD acknowledges the crucial role that psychological professionals have in understanding and supporting individuals within this changing world we are all living in.
IPCD 2020 Theme: Social Identity: Coexistence in a Changing World.
IPCD covers key areas of professional practice across 5 streams:
Clinical & Health Psychology
For professionals seeking to enhance mental and emotional wellbeing at the individual and community level. Topics that focus on considerations unique to the GCC region are particularly welcome.
Organizational & Coaching Psychology
For professionals in any aspect of organisational enhancements and development, as well as employee performance, productivity, and health and safety.
Child & Adolescent Psychology
For educational psychologists, school counsellors, teachers and those in child and adolescent clinical services, this stream will explore how psychological theory, practices and interventions can enhance wellbeing, educational outcomes, and community engagement.
A new stream for 2020, this is for professionals who work in legal, correctional, judicial and investigative settings.
Rising Stars in Psychology
A new stream for 2020, this is dedicated for students and other emerging psychology practitoners and researchers who are just starting ot make their mark in industry. Here, you may discover new research about to commence, or local initiatives led by up-and-coming pioneers.
Contributing to the growth, skill and knolwedge of psychology in the GCC and MENA regions…
IPCD was inspired by a grass-roots movement amongst the regional psychology community in 2013. We realised that while there is ongoing growth in the number of psychologists working in various sectors within the UAE, yet there were only a few professional development opportunities specifically catering to our field. The picture was even less clear when looking at psychology practice in our neighbouring countries. Something needed to be done to bring the psychology community together, to promote best practice discussions, and to provide high-quality and focused learning opportunities from international experts.
And the rest is IPCD history!
DR. ALIA AL SERKAL
Alia has over a decade of experience in applied psychology, working with a variety of organisations in aviation and telecoms. A firm believer in psychometric testing, she specialises in identifying and developing organisational talent. She has been on the IPCD committee since its inception.
DR. CAKIL AGNEW
Cakil’s research focuses on exploring safety culture in organizations and the impact of leadership on work performance in high-risk industries. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the University of Aberdeen’s Industrial Psychology Research Centre before joining Heriot-Watt University in 2014.
DR. KIRIN HILLIAR
Kirin’s industry experience has traversed across forensic, clinical and organizational spheres. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, and also works part-time as a Psychologist in private practice in Dubai.
Maddie recently finished her journey completing her MSc Business Psychology degree at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus. She brings to the team her expertise in assessment, development and coaching, as well as her wide-ranging tech support in knowing how to make an online learning experience shine!
IPCD is a partner event for the Middle East Psychological Association. See ‘Resources’ page for more information.
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