OCTC Congress: The Best of Both Worlds: Integrating CBT and Technology

Talk 1    –              Richard Stott   

Technology: friend or foe?

Technology is gradually infiltrating more and more of our lives.  For some, this spells excitement, for others, it is an unwelcome disruption of the status quo.  Trends in technology reveal a dizzying pace of change with new gadgets and apps. There is an appealing lure that technology can solve all our problems and, equally, we may harbour doubts that the technologies are unproven and may even be harmful.  From the stance of our work as cognitive therapists, we will take a dispassionate look at the evidence and consider a range of technologies we can use right now without being ‘tech experts’.  Overall, the talk will present a cautiously optimistic view that technology in CBT can be our friend and not our foe.


Talk 2    –              Emma Warnock-Parkes

Online CBT treatments: Do you need to upgrade your operating system? 

Increasingly, CBT is being effectively delivered online.  However, how do we go about adapting treatment to be delivered through the internet? How does online therapy differ from face-to-face? Do we need to develop our therapy and supervision skills to deliver effective treatment online? This talk will reflect on lessons learnt from the development and delivery of online treatments in the Ehlers and Clark research group.  Case examples will be used to illustrate differences and challenges in online treatment and to highlight therapy competencies that facilitate successful online therapy.


Talk 3    –              Khadija Rouf  

Can technology help with suicide prevention? Experiences of developing a CBT based app?

This presentation will look at how technology is being used in the field of suicide prevention. The speaker discusses and reflects on her experiences of developing and piloting a suicide prevention app. Some of the core features of suicide prevention are discussed, and there will be discussion about how applicable these are to working with clients who have struggled with suicidal feelings.


Talk 4    –              Dan Freeman

Immersive virtual reality (VR) for mental health

Mental health problems are inseparable from the environment. With virtual reality (VR), computer-generated interactive environments, individuals can repeatedly experience their problematic situations and be taught, via evidence-based psychological treatments, how to overcome difficulties. With the arrival of new consumer equipment, VR is moving out of specialist laboratories. In this talk, the latest developments in state-of-the-art approaches to using VR for mental health disorders will be described.


Talk 5    –              Colin Espie 

  Title to be confirmed.

Content information to follow.


Daniel Freeman

Daniel Freeman is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, a Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Clinical Fellow, and a British Psychological Society Fellow, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He is also a consultant clinical psychologist in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and a Fellow of University College Oxford. He has published extensively on the psychological understanding and treatment of persecutory delusions, and is the lead author of several books including Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts (2006), Paranoia: the 21st Century Fear (2008), Know Your Mind (2009), You Can Be Happy (2012), How to Keep Calm and Carry On (2013) and The Stressed Sex (2013).

Emma Warnock-Parkes

Emma Warnock-Parkes is a clinical psychologist and cognitive therapist based at the University of Oxford and King’s College London alongside Professors David Clark and Anke Ehlers.  Her work involves research and development of innovative treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.

Khadj Rouf

Dr Khadj Rouf is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in primary care, mental health rehabilitation, acute and community mental health settings. She is a CBT practitioner. She is experienced in working with adults who suffer with complex mental health problems, and has special interests in parental mental health, suicide prevention and developmental trauma. Khadj has written professionally regarding mental health issues, both for clinicians and the public.

Richard Stott

After reading Mathematics at Cambridge Richard worked as a professional software developer and analyst for a number of years, specialising in algorithmic programming.  He subsequently qualified as a clinical psychologist from UCL in 2001 and specialised in the treatment of anxiety disorders and PTSD.  For ten years Richard worked within a Wellcome Trust funded programme grant headed by Professor David Clark and Anke Ehlers at the University of Oxford and Kings College London.  There he oversaw the technical development of a landmark internet-based therapy programme for anxiety disorders.  He has longstanding interests in technology and its interface with mental health.  In 2017 Richard was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in e-Mental Health at the IoPPN, where he leads the development of an educational curriculum and develops a research programme in e-mental health.  He is a member of an expert reference group for NICE on digital therapies in IAPT.  He also continues practicing and supervising as a clinical psychologist, and lives with his family and labradoodle in South London.

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

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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
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