UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Better Conversations Conference: Making it work in SLT

The Better Conversations team at UCL is thrilled to announce the first Better Conversations Conference and free training day to be held at Chandler House.

Suzanne Beeke giving a talk

Our aim is to provide an opportunity to share good practice in communication partner training (CPT), value the work of SLTs in this area, and create a sustainable community of practice. We are using CPT as an umbrella term for all types of intervention focused on improving the everyday conversation skills of our clients and their communication partners. For this first conference, our focus will be on adult clients.  There will be a free training day in the Better Conversations approach to CPT.

Better Conversations Training Day - Wednesday 6th November 2019

The training day will run from 10am-3.30pm on Wednesday 6 November and will cover the following topics: the Better Conversations approach to CPT for a range of acquired disorders; the practicalities of delivering Better Conversations inspired intervention; identifying what to target in therapy – conversational barriers and facilitators; goal setting and measuring outcomes; ask the experts panel.  The training is free and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  *** Please note that this day is now fully booked***

Better Conversations Conference - Thursday 7th November 2019

The conference will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Chandler House.  Our conference speakers are practising SLTs or student SLTs who will share their experiences of delivering different types of CPT with a range of adult clients.  During our ‘CPT and me’ talks, presenters will answer the following questions: What did you do? Why did you do it? What did you find?

Provisional Conference Programme

9.35amKeynote 1: Conversation and aphasia – Rosemary Townsend, Chief Executive, Dyscover
10.15amCPT and me: Claire Farrington Douglas, Consultant SLT, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
10.45amCPT and me: Kirsty McKenzie, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
11.15amCoffee and conversations
11.45amCPT and me: Jess Cunningham and Olly Sawyer, student Speech and Language Therapists, University College London
12.15pmCPT speed dating: So what do you do?
2pmKeynote 2: Conversation and dementia - Jackie Kindell, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
2.40pmCPT and me: Oonagh Wigley, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
3.10pmCoffee and conversations
3.40pmBetter Conversations in the real world – looking to the future and a community of practice (short talk followed by discussion)
The conference and training day are paperless events – we will send out slides and handouts in advance by email and we encourage you to go green by using a tablet or laptop to view them on the day.


Book your place 

The cost of the conference is £25, which includes refreshments and a vegetarian lunch.

The training day is free and includes refreshments and a vegetarian lunch. *** Please note that the training day is now fully booked***

You can still book to attend the conference.

We will operate a waiting list so please let us know if you have booked and later realise you are unable to attend.