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Dr Joseph Oliver BA (Hons), PGDipClinPsyc, PhD

joe.oliver@contextualconsulting.co.uk

In addition to being Director of Contextual Consulting, Joe is currently joint director for the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for Psychosis. Joe graduated from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, receiving a BA (Hons) before going on to complete his postgraduate diploma in clinical psychology and PhD in 2003. His PhD research investigated the psychological processes of stress and wellbeing within the workplace. Alongside his clinical work, specialising in the area of psychosis, Joe carries out research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, being involved in a number of trials investigating the use of ACT with people with psychosis and within the workplace. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters in the clinical application of ACT and is currently leading on an RCT comparing ACT and mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for workplace wellbeing.

Joe is also previous chair of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) ACT Special Interest Group, which promotes and develops ACT within the UK, by offering professional development opportunities, grants and training workshops. In addition, he regularly provides ACT and contextual-cognitive behavioural therapy training, both nationally and internationally.

Joe is particularly interested in service user involvement as a method to both promote recovery and improve services. He chairs a group of service user consultants and psychologists that aims to promote and increase effective, recovery based service user involvement. Finally, Joe has an interest in disseminating ACT ideas and concepts to other professionals and to the general public. In addition to organising ACT events for the wider public, Joe has also been developing ACT-based animations as teaching tools for training and within therapy. He has produced a number of animations that illustrate key ACT metaphors and has developed a free YouTube channel to promote these. Joe is co-editor of the book, ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis’ published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Publications:

Books

Oliver, J., Hill, J. & Morris, E. (2015). ACTivate Your Life: Using acceptance and mindfulness to build a life that is rich, fulfilling and fun. Robinson.

Morris, E., Johns, L. & Oliver, J. (2013). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Mindfulness for Psychosis. Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters

Oliver, J. E., Joseph, C., Byrne, M., Johns, L. & Morris, E. (2013). Introduction to Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Therapies for Psychosis. In E. Morris, L. Johns & J. E. Oliver (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis. (pp. 1-11). Wiley-Blackwell.

Oliver, J. E., & Morris, E. (2013). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for first-episode psychosis. In E. Morris, L. Johns & J. E. Oliver (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis. (pp. 190-205). Wiley-Blackwell.

Oliver, J. E., Hayward, M., McGuiness, H. Strauss, C. (2013). The service user experience of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Person-based Cognitive Therapy. . In E. Morris, L. Johns & J. E. Oliver (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis. (pp. 172-189). Wiley-Blackwell.

Morris, E. & Oliver, J. E. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In W. Dryden (Ed.), CBT Approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Sage.

Boorman, J., Morris, E. & Oliver, J. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In C. Feltham & I. Horton. The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Articles

Oliver, J., Venter, J.H. & Lloyd, L. (in press). An evaluation of a training workshop for delivering group-based interventions for NHS staff. Psychology Forum.

Oliver, J., O’Connor, J. McLachlan, K., Jose, P. & Peters, P. (2012). The impact of negative schemas, mood and psychological flexibility on delusional ideation – mediating and moderating effects. Psychosis, 4, 6-18.

Oliver, J., McLachlan, K., Jose, P. & Peters, P. (2012). Predicting changes in delusional ideation: the role of mindfulness and negative schemas. Psychology & Psychotherapy, 85, 243-259.

Bloy, S., Oliver, J. E. & Morris, E. (2011). Using acceptance and commitment therapy with people with psychosis: a case study. Clinical Case Studies, 10, 347-359.

Richards, R., Oliver, J. E., Morris, E., Aherne, K. & Iervolino, A. (2011). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training for Clinicians: Effectiveness & Service Impact. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.

Oliver, J., Mansell, M. & Jose, P. (2010). A longitudinal study of the role of negative affectivity on the work stressor-strain process. International Journal of Stress Management, 17, 56-77.

Morris, E. & Oliver, J. (2009). ACT Early: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in early intervention in psychosis. Clinical Psychology Forum, 196, 27-31.

Oliver, J., Radcliffe, J., Mouratoglou, V., Cassidy, E. & Logathas, S. (2008). Audit of service user involvement in psychology services in the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Clinical Psychology Forum, 186, 38-41.

Oliver, J., Jose, P.E. & Brough, P. (2006). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Work Locus of Control Scale. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66, 835-851.

Oliver, J. & Brough, P. (2002). Primary appraisal, negative affectivity and psychological well-being. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 31, 2-7.

Workshops & Conference Presentations

Oliver J. (2013). Developing and using ACT and mindfulness skills for Psychosis – 3 day workshop. Delivered to MDT staff in Greater Manchester West NHS Trust.

Oliver J. & Hill J. (2012). Series of Public Lectures: Mindfulness and ACT for general well-being enhancement.

Oliver, J. Flaxman P. & Christodoulou V. (2012). Delivering ACT and mindfulness groups – half day workshop. ACBS World Conference. (Washington DC, USA, July).

Oliver, J. Johns L. & Morris.E. (2012). ACT groups for psychosis – half day workshop. BAPCP National Conference. (Leeds, July).

Oliver J. (2010). ACT processes related to delusional ideation. BAPCP National Conference. (Manchester, July).

Morris, E. & Oliver, J. (2010). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for CBT practitioners – full day workshop. BAPCP National Conference. (Manchester, July).

Oliver J. (2009). Predicting changes in delusional ideation : the role of mindfulness processes and negative schemas. ACBS World Conference. (Enschede, Netherlands, June).

Morris, E. & Oliver, J. (2008). ACT Early: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in early intervention in psychosis – half day workshop. ACT Summer Institute. (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, May).