Jim is an internationally-recognised expert in stress management. Aware that health-care organisations were seeing only the tip of the iceberg in terms of those suffering from stress and, therefore, unable to do any significant preventative or early intervention work, he devised Stress Control over twenty years ago as an attempt to improve outcomes for individuals while, at the same time, hugely improving efficiency by offering evidence-based help to many more people than individual approaches would allow. At the time, this was a highly unusual approach but peer-reviewed research and evaluation showing that efficiency and effectiveness could be improved upon, the class has become widely available across the world. Jim has presented at many national and international conferences and events and acted as a National Advisor to the Scottish Government. He is involved with the European Union on how to develop mental health services across Europe using interventions, including Stress Control, he has devised. Jim is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written two influential books on stress management –StressPac, Harcourt Brace, 1997; Treating Anxiety and Stress, Wiley, 2000. He co-edited The Oxford Guide to Low-intensity CBT Interventions, Oxford University Press, 2010 and contributed four chapters including one on Stress Control. He reviews books and research articles for a range of publishers and journals. He worked for over thirty years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the NHS and was the originator of the highly innovative and successful ‘Glasgow Steps’ approach to common mental health problems – an approach increasingly copied across the world. Training workshops led by Jim are always highly rated by participants.
- B.A. (Hons) Psychology (Strathclyde University)
- M.App.Sci. Clinical Psychology (Glasgow University)
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology research on Stress Control (Glasgow University)
- Chartered Psychologist
- Chartered Scientist
- F.B.P.S. (Fellow of the British Psychological Society)