Congratulations to final year DPsych Counselling Psychology students Rim Mahmoud and Leila Wildsmith who were recently recognised for their research at The British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology's annual conference in Cardiff.
Rim Mahmoud received both the delegates’ prize and the judges’ prize for her research on ‘Exploring the role of women in honour based violence.’
Mahmoud’s research challenges gender-based assumptions around honour-based violence by exploring the involvement of women in the unfolding violence. So far, the research shows insight into the perception of self (survivor) versus the “other women”, and the control; superstitions, sayings, and deception involved in the violence.
‘I am honoured to have won the poster prizes at The British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology's annual conference. I am also pleased that the research received recognition within the profession,’ commented Mahmoud.
‘I feel very passionate about this research as not only it helps increase awareness and understanding, but also brings insight to voices to those who are usually most ostracised, suppressed, or made invisible.’
It is hoped that the research will support mental health practitioners working with women experiencing or involved in honour-based violence, and assist preventative and consultancy work in other sectors such as social work.
Fellow student, Leila Wildsmith also won a runner up poster prize for her research, ‘#okaytosay: How do men talk about support and support each other through talk in men’s groups?’
Wildsmith said: ‘I feel very proud to have been awarded the runner's-up prize at the conference, especially as it reflects the growing interest in such an important area of research - men's mental health.’
Dr Isabel Henton, Head of Regent’s DPsych Counselling Psychology programme added: ‘We are absolutely delighted that for the third year running, Regent's DPsych trainees have won national poster prizes at The British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology's annual conference.
‘Both research projects reflect a growing specialism within the DPsych for qualitative research exploring gender-related influences on important contemporary psychological and social issues.’
Congratulations to both our students.