Richard Hallam

RICHARD HALLAM trained as a clinical psychologist and combined university teaching with work in the National Health Service.  Richard practices therapy independently and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Richard’s main areas of interest in clinical psychology are anxiety, obsessions, long-term personality problems, tinnitus, hearing loss, and case formulation. He has written two books on anxiety and a self-help book on tinnitus (now translated into Swedish, German and Dutch). In 2013, he published a book entitled “Individual case formulation” (Oxford: Academic Press) and in 2015, “The therapy relationship: A special kind of friendship” (London:Karnac Books).

Richard has taught at the University of East London and at University College London. He was a lecturer at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology and at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, Department of Psychiatry (now part of UCL). He has worked in a large number of NHS  hospitals, clinics, and community settings all over London.

Richard’s ideas ideas about concepts of person and self were published in 2009:  “Virtual Selves, Real Persons: A Dialogue Across Disciplines” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. This book was awarded the The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction by the Media Ecology Association in 2011.

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Michael Bender

MICHAEL BENDER was one of the pioneers of community psychology in Britain, working first in the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Newham (1968 to 1987) where he built up a team of psychologists who supported and managed residential and day care units for people with mental illness, learning difficulties and problems associated with ageing.  Michael later moved into the National Health Service to head a team in Plymouth, specialising in the development of group work techniques for older adults and social approaches to people diagnosed with dementia.

Michael authored “Community Psychology” (Methuen, 1976) and with Andrew Norris and Paulette Baukham, “Groupwork with the Elderly” (Winslow, 1987)  and “Therapeutic Uses of Reminiscence” (Sage, 1999). “The Man with the Worried Eyes: Understanding Dementia” (Kingsley, 1999), with Rik Cheston, has been one of the relatively few attempts to provide a coherent social approach to understanding dementia. This book was followed by “Explorations in Dementia” (Kingsley, 2003).

After retiring from NHS employment, Michael obtained a PhD in English Literature which examined the golden age of yachting literature. He continues to write about dementia (see Bee’s Wing Publications) and other topics.