!!! CANCELLED !!! 6th OCTC Congress: Critical Components of Effective CBT

Event Cancelled


Coinciding with the publication of the 3rd edition of OCTC’s “An Introduction to CBT”, our 6th annual Congress explores how to use CBT’s fundamental principles and techniques to achieve change, even when your client might have more complex difficulties.  All too often we can drift away from the empirical basics of CBT, so our 2017   speakers will address how to evaluate the critical components of our practice, how to apply these fundamental skills across a variety of clinical settings and how to ensure that we don’t get side-tracked away from evidence based treatment.  Presentations will be followed by round-table discussions to allow time for reflections and questions.

Keynote Presenters

Dr Sarah Rakovshik – Using the ACCS to assess competence – what do we mean by good CBT?

At a time when tremendous efforts are focussed on training CBT practitioners, what do we know about the key aspects of CBT competence, and do we have a reliable and valid way to measure these skills? The ACCS was developed as a tool to assess general therapeutic and CBT-specific skills required to appropriately deliver individual CBT to adults experiencing mental health problems. This talk will address why we need yet another scale to assess CBT competence, how the ACCS endeavours to measure this sometimes elusive construct, and what is known about the reliability, usability and validity of the ACCS.

 Dr Louise Isham – Best of both: Combining critical components of CBT with state of the art adaptations to stabilise sleep on an acute psychiatric inpatient trial (OWLS trial)

CBT is highly effective in treating insomnia in community populations and, in addition to improving sleep, it can lessen psychotic experiences, mania, depression and anxiety.
But what about psychiatric inpatient wards? Sleep problems are highly prevalent in such settings, but the environment poses particular challenges both for sleep and for the delivery of therapy. How can we adapt the intervention so that the critical components of CBT for insomnia can be delivered effectively in this environment? This talk presents findings from a pilot randomised controlled trial which tested an acute phase sleep treatment (the Oxford Ward sLeep Solution, OWLS trial).   Therapy was designed to retain critical components of evidence based CBT for insomnia techniques.  These were adapted and augmented with new state of the art components to increase their effectiveness at a time when patients are acutely unwell.  This presentation will both celebrate the critical components of CBT for insomnia and share these new adaptations.

Dr Helen Kennerley When the going gets tough go back to the basics

How often do we hear therapists say that the patient’s difficulties were complex and so they moved away from ‘classic’ CBT techniques?  This presentation is in defence of the ‘classics’. Clinical illustrations will explore the value of these basic CBT techniques with a range of patients, including those whose problems are chronic, challenging or who also have a personality disorder.

Professor Glenn Waller – Evidence-based treatment and therapist drift:  Why well-meaning clinicians do dumb things (and how to do fewer of them)

There is excellent evidence that cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can be an effective therapy for many patients with different disorders. Unfortunately, there is also strong evidence that CBT clinicians (and those delivering other therapies) do not deliver the therapy in an effective way, ‘drifting’ off protocol and getting poorer results. In particular, we tend to miss out critical elements, focusing more on the ‘talking therapy’ but omitting the ‘doing therapy’ element. This talk will consider the evidence that we drift from delivering evidence-based treatments (for a range of disorders) and the reasons why we do (our own attitudes, beliefs, personality, emotions, safety behaviours, and even physiology). Finally, it will consider ways in which we might apply the principles of CBT to ourselves, to enhance our clinical outcomes.


Helen Kennerley , Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Helen Kennerley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, where she is the co-director of the postgraduate short-courses in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies and the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also has the lead role in the OCTC clinic. She is an experienced clinician now specialising in childhood trauma, dissociative disorders, and self-injurious behaviours. She has made valuable contributions to the field of cognitive therapy through her popular workshops and her writings. Amongst other publications, she is the author of Overcoming Childhood Trauma and co-author of An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In 2002, Helen was also voted one of the most influential female cognitive therapists in Britain by BABCP members.

Sarah Rakovshik , Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist

Sarah Rakovshik is the Director of the University of Oxford/ OCTC Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and an experienced clinician who has worked with a wide range of clinical disorders in both adults and children. Her clinical interests include treatment of co-morbidity and complex presentations, as well as in the potentially positive effects of adverse life events. She holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. Her research has focused on training methods and their effects on therapists’ competence and patients’ outcomes. She has had an international role as a trainer, supervisor and consultant for CBT training programmes and research projects.

David Slingo , Head of OCTC

Louise Isham , Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Louise Isham trained as a Clinical Psychologist at University College London and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. She has many years’ experience working within various adult mental health settings, but most predominantly in Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) working with those with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. She has considerable experience applying CBT to a broad range of clinical presentations but has a specialist interest in psychosis. She has provided supervision and teaching to a wide range of professionals in both the NHS and the Third Sector, and is the course lead for the PG Cert in Enhanced CBT: Psychosis and Bipolar. She works as a CBT trainer and supervisor within OCTC and as a Research Clinical Psychologist within the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (OCAP) research group at the University of Oxford.

Glenn Waller

Glenn Waller is the Chair of Psychology at the Clinical Psychology Unit, University of Sheffield. He has worked in the field of CBT for over 20 years, both as a clinician and a researcher, specialising in the eating disorders. He has co-authored two books on CBT, 20 chapters, and over 220 peer-reviewed papers, as well as presenting at national and international meetings. He is a member of the board of the Academy of Eating Disorders, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and a member of the editorial boards of four other journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website www.octc.uk

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document). Please note that registration to workshops closes 7 days prior to the event date.

If you are booking a workshop place for someone else, you must complete your own details in the billing field, but ENTER THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS NAME/ADDRESS in the shipping field. If you wish to order items using a paper order form instead of online, you can view or download an order form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Once downloaded, print it out, fill it in, and send off with your payment [cheque made payable to OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST] to the address on the form.


The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.