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In order to further protect students and staff within our community, it has been agreed through the University’s Covid-19 Outbreak Control Group that all performance events that are open to the general public are to be temporarily suspended pending further guidance.



Fri 5th Feb, 10am-11am
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain: Been There, Done That, Now What?
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Dr Lance McCracken, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Uppsala University (Sweden) will discuss his research on: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain: Been There, Done That, Now What?

There are now more than 35 outcomes studies published, including more than 22 RCTs, of ACT for chronic pain. There are also multiple systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and even a meta-analysis of meta-anayses, each (but not all) proclaiming its significant benefits, at least as good as other established active treatments.  One might ask then, are we done yet?  Most certainly, we are not. This lecture will describe the current state of affairs in this area of clinical research and address two main things, some weaknesses in past work and what we need to do next.

In addition to looking at chronic pain as a problem, this lecture will also look at this example area for lessons about science.  ACT as an approach to behavior change has provoked great enthusiasm, and as one might expect, some resistance as well.  It turns out there are good lessons in it on the advantages and disadvantages of enthusiasm. Resistance, on the other hand, is simply par for the course, and will ultimately be advantageous.  The other lessons relate to our current paradigms in Psychology and how they might impede progress.


Mon 8th Feb, 4.30pm-6.00pm
Book Launch: "Roses Down the Barrel of a Gun, Georgia: Love and Revolution” by Jo Seaman (former Director of British Council Georgia) 
This event is free to attend and is open to all - you can join the seminar via the MS Teams 

The Politics Team at the Department of Humanities are pleased to invite you to our next virtual Politics Seminar Series event. Jo Seaman will give us an introduction to her book, and how it came to be written, with personal reflections on the events leading to Georgia’s 2003 ‘Rose Revolution’ and on the importance of soft diplomacy.  

In her presentation, Jo tells us a fascinating story of how she ended up going to the South Caucasus as director of the British Council in Georgia at a time of political uncertainty and turmoil. In attempting to fulfil her mission of cultural diplomacy she recalls how she rubbed shoulders with ballerinas and border guards, ambassadors and activists, ministers and musicians, despots, and dodgy officials. A consummate diplomat, Jo needed all her skills as she ventured out into the fraught and often amusing sphere of international relations and was drawn into the heady events of the Rose Revolution.   

Jo Seaman worked for the British Council for almost 30 years, firstly in London and Manchester, with short assignments all over Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. She then lived in Egypt, Georgia, Pakistan, Jamaica and France before returning to the UK. Jo is now a writer/researcher and (with former diplomat husband, Mike, whom she met in Georgia), runs a consultancy firm offering training, project management and analysis. Views expressed in the presentation are purely personal and do not reflect the official views of the British Council or the British Government.   


Tues 23rd Feb, 7.30pm
The Creative Writing and Composing Society present: The Debut

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Come and join members of The Creative Writing and Composing Society for a showcase of their innovative works. There will be musical works, poems, short stories and monologues, just to name a few. This concert is our debut as a society. We hope you are looking forward to the even as much as we are.


Thurs 25th Feb, 7pm
Acis and Galatea by GF Handel

The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Handel’s popular Masque performed by the Otter Consort and Chichester Baroque orchestra, directed by John Hancorn.