Helping build resilience and mitigate the effects of exposure to harmful online content
IbexMind was founded by Peter King, a consultant on extremist media, and Dr David Dean, a consultant clinical neuropsychologist. 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 challenging online content and to help employers demonstrate their ongoing commitment to mental health in the workplace.
We provide workshops and ongoing facilitated 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, as well as acceptance and commitment theory. It also includes a neuroscientific understanding of how the brain processes traumatic material and how to counteract any harmful effects.
Bespoke packages are developed and delivered by Peter King, who has many years of direct experience working with challenging online content and keeping teams safe, in collaboration with clinical psychologists.
This combination enables IbexMind to deliver an evidence-based psychological training package tailored to the specific work contexts of people dealing with distressing material online.
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’.
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). These included monthly group support sessions providing a forum for discussing potentially distressing content the team 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.