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Series of ‘Psychological Therapy for Psychosis' Workshops

A Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR) workshop
Date29 November 2019 - 7 February 2020
TimeEvent spans several days
PlaceWashington Singer

This series is presented as part of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) Programme 2019-20.

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Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Voices

Date: Friday 29th November 2019 10:00-16:30
Venue: Washington Singer, Room 025

This workshop will train participants in how to orientate interventions for people with psychosis towards the process of developing compassion, in line with CFT aims. The claim is that various therapeutic interventions and techniques may become more useful and effective when applied within a compassion-orientated framework, because the compassionate mind provides a secure base and grounding from which to approach difficult (and dissociated) emotions, memories, voices, etc. Also, the process of building capacity in the affiliative system may help to calm threat processing, thereby making the interventions more accessible and tolerable to clients with psychosis. Workshop participants will be introduced to the CFT model of compassion, learn how to apply this model in psychosis, and how to formulate psychosis-related difficulties in terms of threat- and shame-based processes. Participants will practice new skills, and learn how to focus existing skills, towards cultivating compassion in people with psychosis.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland is a clinical psychologist, researcher, and trainer based at the University of Glasgow (research) and at Balanced Minds (therapy and training). In his academic work, he is currently investigating the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of CFT for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He also runs various compassion training workshops and engagement events for practitioners, people with lived experience of psychosis, and the general public.

Fee £75pp

Working with co-occurring Severe Mental Health and Substance Use problems: a cognitive behavioural/motivational approach

Date: Thursday 9th January 2020 10:00-17:00
Venue: Washington Singer, Room 237

Co-occurring severe mental health (SMH) and substance use (SU) problems are common and are associated with e.g. greater relapse risk and physical health problems. The most recent Cochrane Systematic Review in this area in 2013, highlights no one psychosocial treatment approach for working with this client group can be recommended. This day will focus on the theory and clinical application of aspects of two treatment approaches for working with individuals experiencing SMH and SU problems. Firstly, Cognitive Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT), evaluated via a pilot cluster randomised trial in Assertive Outreach Teams. Secondly, a Brief Integrated Motivational Intervention (BIMI) developed and evaluated via a pilot randomized trial for use in psychiatric inpatient settings, with the BIMI incorporating cognitive behavioural and motivational techniques. This session will be taught by Dr Emma Griffiths. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr Emma Griffith is the Head of Therapies for Specialised Services/Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Dual Diagnosis (Co-occurring Severe Mental Health and Substance Use Problems) for Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust three days a week and Clinical Tutor at the University of Bath, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology two days a week. She is an accredited as a Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist in CBT by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Emma has been involved in multiple publications for journals, co-authored a book chapter and a treatment manual outlining a Brief Integrated Motivational Intervention.

Fee £75pp

CBT for Distressing Voices

Date: Friday 31st January 2020, 10:00-17:00
Venue: Washington Singer, Room 025

Voice hearing experiences are commonly experienced by clients across the lifespan and trans-diagnostically. If voice hearing is distressing, how do we talk to clients about these unseen experiences? What might be the barriers and facilitators to such conversations? When the conversations have begun, how can we increase the likelihood of them being useful? How long should the conversations be? What should be their focus? Who should be involved – the voice(s)? How important is meaning making? This workshop will draw upon the evidence-base and the experience of the Sussex Voices Clinic (https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/sussex-voices-clinic) to explore the use of conversations at varying levels of intensity to support the recovery journeys of clients distressed by hearing voices.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Mark Hayward has worked as a Clinical Psychologist within NHS mental health services for the past 20 years. My roles combine clinical (Lead for the Sussex Voices Clinic), research (Director of Research for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and teaching (Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sussex) activity. Mark is one of the co-authors of the self-help CBT book ‘Overcoming Distressing Voices’. He is committed to increasing access to effective psychological therapies for people distressed by hearing voiMark is one of the co-authors of the self-help CBT book ‘Overcoming Distressing Voices’. He is committed to increasing access to effective psychological therapies for people distressed by hearing voices.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis

Date: Friday 7th February 2020 10:00-17:00
Venue: Washington Singer, Room 025

In recent years there has been increasing recognition of the potential role of trauma in the development and maintenance of psychosis, with studies indicating higher rates of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in people with psychosis compared to the general population. Further, evidence suggests that PTSS are associated with more severe symptoms, worse functioning and increased use of services in people with psychosis. Despite this growing body of literature, there is little empirical research available regarding the best practice in terms of psychological interventions. Despite availability of NICE recommended therapies for psychosis and for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), few people with psychosis are offered therapy for their trauma. This is partly due to clinicians’ wariness about using such interventions with individuals with psychosis, who may be particularly sensitive to stress and heightened levels of affect. Nevertheless, failing to assess and treat the trauma element in psychosis can contribute to the vicious cycles maintaining the problem. Cognitive models of PTSD and psychosis both highlight that appraisals of experiences and symptoms are key in the development and maintenance of each disorder. A formulation-based approach, with a focus on re-appraising meaning, changing symptom attributions, and processing traumatic memories through direct memory work (exposure and imagery re-scripting) can promote understanding, reduce symptoms and lessen distress in individuals presenting with symptoms of posttraumatic stress and psychosis.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Nadine Keen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and coordinator of the award winning Psychological Interventions Clinic for Outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP) at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She has specialised in working with posttraumatic stress and psychosis for the last 15 years and provides TF-CBTp as well as EMDR. She is currently involved in research evaluating therapy for post-traumatic stress symptoms in psychosis and has run numerous national international workshops in this field.

Fee £125pp

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ProviderClinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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