We’re delighted to welcome back our free in-person Making Connections events.

These regular face to face conferences take place throughout the year and give you the chance to network with other members and our divisional executive members.


Click on the sessions to find out more. If you are viewing this page on a mobile, rotate your screen to view the programme.

10.00am – 10.30am Registration
10.30am - 10.50am Welcome and introductions
10.50am – 11.35am Can Coaching accelerate therapeutic change?, presented by Susie Masterson
11.35am - 11.45am Comfort break
11.45am – 12.30pm Reflections of self: navigating body image disorders with Body Image Therapy, presented by Jem Gunn
12.30pm – 1.30pm Light lunch
1.30pm – 1.50 pm Local member two-minute platforms
1.50pm – 2.40pm Connecting together
The room will be divided into different areas of interest, for more focused and structured networking. You’ll be encouraged to move around the room and engage with colleagues, volunteers and BACP staff to network, share ideas and meet new people with similar interests. You’ll be able to add a new area of interest if yours isn’t represented.
2.40pm – 3.10pm Refreshments
3.10pm – 3.55pm Neurodiversity and Counselling - first contact, presented by Callum Jones
3.55pm - 4.00pm Event close

This programme is subject to change.

Presentation information

Can coaching accelerate therapeutic change?

10.50am – 11.35am

Susie's presentation aims to examine how the integration of coaching and therapy can improve client outcomes. 

This session will follow Susie's journey from Google coach and mentor, to retraining as a psychotherapist. From helping female founders to working almost exclusively with millennial women. It will highlight the crossover areas of therapeutic approaches in coaching and vice versa, with examples of how integrating both therapy and coaching can improve client outcomes.

The session will touch on some of the similarities in the practical application of both psychological theories and coaching concepts.

Reflections of self: navigating body image disorders with Body Image Therapy

11.45am - 12.30pm

The workshop will delve into the complexities of body image disorders, with a central focus on Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of BDD, its prevalence, diagnostic criteria, and the impact it can have on individuals' lives. The workshop will also explore the intersectionality of BDD with other mental health conditions and how it can manifest across various age groups and demographics.

Neurodiversity and Counselling - first contact

3.10pm – 3.55pm

This session aims to provide details on how practitioners can be more inclusive on neurodivergent clients, provide suggestions on how to make private practice safer for neurodivergent clients, and allow practitioners to have more confidence when working with them.