Dr Tony Ward

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  • Qualifications:BSc PGCert PGDip MSc PhD CPsychol FBPsS FHEA
  • Position:Associate Professor of Health and Counselling Psychology
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 83109

About me

Dr Tony Ward is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a health and counselling psychologist. He is a chartered member and  fellow of the British Psychological Society. In a career to date spanning more than 35 years, he has worked in four different UK universities, plus industry and overseas. He mainly teaches on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. 

Besides his position as an Associate Professor at UWE, Dr Ward is also a visiting academic at Paris VIII university in France. In addition to teaching on the MSc in Clinical Psychology (which is one of the few such courses in the world taught at a distance), he is also a member of the Laboratoire Psycholpathologie et Processus de Changement. As part of this collaboration he co-authored "Cognitive psychodynamics" with Prof. Arnaud Plagnol, which presents a cognitive neuroscience approach to psychotherapy.

Dr Ward was a visitor for the HCPC for over 10 years.  This means that he carried out approval activities across the full range of professional postgraduate provisions in psychology. He is also currently external examiner for the professional doctorate in counselling psychology at York St. John University and has previously been external examiner for a number of other programmes acrosss the UK.

Dr. Ward maintians a blog and other resources for the counselling psychology community which can be accessed on: http://www.copsy.org.uk/resources.htm  

Area of expertise

Dr Ward has special interests in the practice of counselling psychology from an inetgrative perspective founded on cognitive neuroscience.  He runs a research clinic at UWE called Lifespace, which offers counselling to people from the local community as part of research projects. He is interested in the application of schema theory to improving resilience in undergraduate university students. He has recently started thinking about how cognitive neuroscience can lead to further development of qualitative research methods, in particular Free Association Narrative Interviewing.


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