Helping build resilience and mitigate the effects of exposure to harmful online content

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The Mission

IbexMind is a collaboration between Dr David Dean, a clinical psychologist, and Peter King, a consultant on extremist media. It offers innovative solutions to teams looking to build their resilience and mitigate the effects of regular exposure to potentially distressing media content.

We have developed a package of interventions, with an emphasis on prevention, specifically designed to help protect teams exposed to such content and demonstrate their employer’s ongoing commitment to their mental health.

We provide workshops and facilitated, ongoing support sessions for teams. Our evidence-based approach enables employees to build on their resilience and manage the potential risks of viewing distressing media content in a healthy way.

We also offer consultancy to organisations and managers on measures that can be taken to enhance support for employees working in this field.

Our approach draws on established psychological models including cognitive-behavioural and compassion-focused approaches. It also includes a neuroscientific understanding of how the brain processes traumatic material and how to counteract any harmful effects.

Bespoke packages are delivered by a clinical psychologist (Dr David Dean) who has substantial experience in training and supporting people to build and maintain resilience, and a subject matter expert (Peter King) who has 15 years’ experience tracking the media output produced by jihadist groups and their supporters.

This unique combination enables IbexMind to deliver an evidence-based psychological training package tailored to the specific work contexts of people dealing with distressing material online.

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The Name

IbexMind

The Ibex is a mountain goat that moves with ease across rugged terrain. Dealing with adverse conditions is second nature to them.

At IbexMind, we help employees build their resilience and train their minds to adapt to the adverse conditions of being exposed to potentially distressing online media content.

We want to help people develop ‘Ibex minds’.

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The Team

Dr David Dean

David is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 25 years’ experience of working in the NHS. David currently leads a multidisciplinary inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit and has a particular interest in the application of models of resilience and compassion to help patients and their families cope with the consequences of brain injury.

Until recently, David was also the Clinical and Admissions Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University, a role which included individual trainee development, responsibility for admissions procedures, teaching/training, supervision and research. Whilst at Oxford, David developed and delivered training programmes to build resilience in groups of frontline NHS staff.

David began his qualified career working mainly in the field of learning disability. During this time, he worked extensively with people whose behaviour challenged services and provided consultancy, training and support to staff teams and service providers. David has an undergraduate degree in Sociology with Psychology from the University of Bath and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Bangor University.

peter king

Peter is an Arabic-speaking independent consultant who has been investigating the exploitation of the internet by jihadist groups and their supporters for over 15 years. In 2004, he pioneered the systematic research and analysis of online jihadist media for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and went on to lead a dedicated team of experts in the field at the BBC.

As the manager of BBC Monitoring’s Jihadist Media Team from 2013-17, Peter developed resilience interventions to help the team deal with a huge increase in the impact of media output produced by Islamic State group (IS). Specifically, he introduced monthly team support sessions providing a forum for discussing potentially distressing content they had been exposed to.

Peter has written about building resilience for terrorism researchers for the blog of the EU-funded VOX-Pol research network and presented on the subject at a workshop on the ethics of terrorism research at Swansea University.

Peter began his career as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency in the Middle East, based in Jordan and Egypt. He has an undergraduate degree in Arabic from the University of Oxford.

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Contact

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you and your teams, get in touch via ibexmind@gmail.com