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Special presentation by Professor Charles Abraham - How do Small Groups Promote Health-Related Change? with Annual General Meeting

Event number: 19023
Presenter(s): Professor Charles Abraham

Presentation & College of Health Psychologists - VIC Annual General Meeting

In his presentation, Charlies will outline the below research on how do small groups promote health-related change? 

Small groups are widely used to promote health, wellbeing and personal change. Group participation is assumed to generate change in members’ perceptions, beliefs, expectations and behaviour patterns. An extensive cross-disciplinary literature has articulated and tested theories explaining how such groups develop, function and facilitate change. Yet, surprisingly, this theoretical literature is rarely applied in the development, description and evaluation of health-promoting group-based behaviour-change interventions. 

Five core groups of interacting processes were identified, namely, (1) Group development processes, (2) Dynamic group processes, (3) Social or inter-personal change processes, (4) Personal or intra-personal change processes and (5) Group design and operating parameters. Collectively, these, and the categories of change mechanisms they encompass, provide a succinct, conceptual overview of key concepts used to explain how groups shape psychological and behaviour change. 

About the presenter(s)

Charles Abraham (B.A., D.Phil., C.Psychol., FBPsS., FEHPS., FHEA) is an applied social and health psychologist specialising in translational health research. He is Professor of Social and Health Psychology at the University of Exeter Medical School and holds honorary chairs at the Universities of Maastricht, Nottingham and Sussex. His research focuses on the design, evaluation and implementation of interventions to change behaviour patterns, especially those with the potential to improve public health and health care effectiveness. He has led, and collaborated on, many multidisciplinary, cross-institutional and international research projects and his research has had practice and policy impact. He has held scientific advisor positions with the UK Department of Health, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the UK House of Lords. He has a Google Scholar H index of 60 and was one of 7 psychologists included in a list of the leading 100 practising scientists in the UK (produced by the UK Science Council in 2014). He is also a practising, health psychologist (registered by the UK Health and Care Professionals Council).


Please ensure to note any specific dietary requirements upon registration as this is a catered event

AGM: 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 7.00pm
Presentation 7.00pm - 7.30pm

For AGM only RSVPs or any queries please contact Dr Sian Cole at

Online registration


Quay West Suites
26 Southgate Ave
Southbank, VIC 3006
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 25/10/2017
End date: 25/10/2017
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm


No charge to attend AGM
Registrations close 18 Oct 2017, please contact the organiser after this time

CHP member $45
CHP student member $35
APS member: $65
APS student member: $35
Non APS member: $85


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