Conversations That Matter:
Professor Lynne Gabriel Inaugural Lecture

De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017)
Event Time
6.00pm - 7.15pm, Thursday 15 November 2018

Category Health, University Public Guest lectures

Professor Lynne Gabriel Inaugural Lecture
Mental Health Minefield: Stories from the Frontline

From her long history of work in the mental health field, Lynne will bring personal and professional experiences and anecdotes to inform and enliven her talk. Be prepared to be engaged!

Lynne will talk about the work of York St John University Counselling & Mental Health Clinic, which she founded and directs. With reference to the ‘cast of characters’ involved in delivering the clinic services, Lynne will share powerful and poignant examples from the clinic’s mental health work and will highlight research, giving examples of publications and ongoing projects.

Lynne will draw from her personal, professional and academic worlds to talk about the significance of people being able to experience mental health moments and to outline the challenges of mental ill-health for individuals and communities.


Lynne Gabriel is Professor of Counselling and Mental Health at York St John University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lynne’s work includes teaching, enhancing student experience through engagement with research, developing research bids, mentoring colleagues developing their research profiles and embedding research into course curricula. She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervises research students in counselling, coaching, psychology and health/mental health subjects.

Lynne is founder and director of CMHC, York St John University's public facing Counselling and Mental Health Clinic. The clinic provides accessible, affordable psychological therapy services and specializes in services for domestic and relational abuse and violence, anger management and bereavement.   The clinic undertakes mental health research projects involving staff, students and external partners. Aside from trained practitioners, there are currently 17 students on clinical placements, 4 students undertaking research assistant roles, a graduate intern and students on work-related placements. In addition, the clinic’s manager/administrator is a York St John graduate. The clinic currently has 2 Honorary Research Fellows: Dr Jeannette Roddy, from Sunderland University, who specialises in domestic violence, and Dr John Wilson, who directs the clinic’s bereavement counselling, training and research projects.

Lynne is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and has served as the Association’s Chair (2008-2011), Immediate Past Chair (2012-2014) and now Emeritus Chair. She is currently Chair of BACP’s Good Practice Guidance Steering Group and working with BACP to provide web-based ethical decision-making resources for practitioners, to compliment current practice guidance literature.

Lynne is a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Lynne has previously served as a member City of York’s Domestic Violence Strategy Group, as a Board member of Respect, and as a member of North Yorkshire’s Making Safe forum. She is currently engaged in research, professional outputs and publications on domestic violence, interventions for children/young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse, practice and practitioner ethics and UK counsellor education.

Event Timings:

17.30 Doors open

18.00 Talk commences

19.15 Event closes

Location: De Grey Court

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About Conversations That Matter

York St John University hosts an annual series of public talks and events that are free and open to all. This year, our community events feature a range of contemporary subjects that affect our daily lives and we invite you to join in on the conversations that matter. Reflecting on the topical issues of mental health and wellbeing, our speakers are leaders in their field or popular public figures and all have something of special interest to share with you. Find out more about the events in our 2018 series.

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