A New Translational Treatment for Persecutory Delusions: The Feeling Safe Programme: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

Delusions are one of the most frequent and distressing psychotic experiences. In the last ten years they have become the focus of considerable psychological research. This research is being used by Professor Daniel Freeman and colleagues to develop a new targeted, personalised, modular therapy for patients with persecutory delusions, called the Feeling Safe Programme. The aim is for a much higher recovery rate in delusions. The workshop will provide an overview of key elements within the new approach to delusions, including the assessment process, reducing sleep disturbance, tackling worry, enhancing self-confidence, and building a renewed sense of safety.

If you are eligible for a HEE funded place on this workshop, please do not register online, but apply using this HEE funded workshop application form which should be emailed to octc@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk


Optional: Up to three recent publications (give references):

Freeman, D., Dunn, G., Startup, H., Pugh, K., Cordwell, J., Mander, H., Cernis, E., Wingham, G., Shirvell, K., & Kingdon, D. (2015). ) Effects of cognitive behaviour therapy for worry on persecutory delusions in patients with psychosis (WIT): a parallel, single-blind, randomised controlled trial with a mediation analysis. Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 305-313.

Freeman, D., Pugh, K., Dunn, G., Evans, N., Sheaves, B., Waite, F., Cernis, E., Lister, R., & Fowler, D. (2014). An early Phase II randomized controlled trial testing the effect on persecutory delusions of using CBT to reduce negative cognitions about the self. Schizophrenia Research, 160, 186-192.

Freeman, D., Waite, F., Startup, H., Myers, E., Lister, E., McInerney, J., Harvey, A., Geddes, J., Zaiwalla, Z., Luengo-Fernandez, R., Foster, R., Clifton, L, & Yu, L-M. (2015). Efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy for sleep improvement in patients with persistent delusions and hallucinations (BEST): a prospective, assessor-blind, randomised controlled pilot study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 975-983.

Freeman, D., Bradley, J., Waite, F., Sheaves, B., DeWeever, N., Bourke, E., McInerney, J., Evans, N., Černis, E., Lister, R., Garety, P. & Dunn, G. (2016). Targeting recovery in persistent persecutory delusions: a proof of principle study of a new translational psychological treatment. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(5), 539-552.



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).

Felicity Waite

Felicity Waite is the Lead Clinical Psychologist and Trial Coordinator of the Feeling Safe Study, within the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) clinical research group. The Feeling Safe Study is a trial of a novel psychological intervention for overcoming persecutory delusions. Felicity has previously worked on a number of trials developing and evaluating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for distressing psychotic experiences. Key targets of treatment have included sleep disturbance and self-confidence.

Louise Isham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Louise Isham is a consultant clinical psychologist and NIHR clinical doctoral research fellow. She works part time for the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre where she is the course lead for the PGCert in Enhanced CBT (Psychosis and Bipolar) and provides specialist supervision and training in CBTp. She also works within the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (OCAP) research group, lead by Professor Daniel Freeman. She has worked as a trial therapist on studies treating sleep and worry in patients with persecutory delusions, and is currently undertaking a 5 year program of research to develop the psychological understanding and treatment of harmful grandiose delusions.

Rowan Diamond, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Rowan Diamond trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Oxford. She specialises in working with people with distressing psychotic experiences and in addition to many years working within NHS settings,  has spent four years working on the Feeling Safe research study. This is a research trial of a novel psychological intervention for overcoming persecutory delusions within the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (OCAP) research group at the University of Oxford. Rowan has provided supervision and teaching to a wide range of professionals in both the NHS and the Third Sector, including supervising on the PG Cert in Enhanced CBT: Psychosis and Bipolar. Rowan’s research interest is in applying psychological techniques to address the poor health of people with severe mental health problems, particularly through increasing physical activity.

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.

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Special needs

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