Breaking cycles of neglect and abuse: Attachment informed CBT: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE VIA ZOOM

This innovative new workshop will be of interest to those working with:

·       children and young people;

·       adults who have experienced developmental trauma;

·       clients identified as having a diagnosis of PD

The presenters are both experienced clinicians who will introduce the concepts of bonding and early life experiences that contribute to the development of inner scripts informing attachment related behaviours and interpersonal interactions. They will extend this to understanding the inner world and the problem behaviours of the adult who suffered traumatic early life experiences.

The workshop will address three aspects of the cycle of abuse and neglect:

·       Getting it right from the start: forming good attachments

·       Helping adults with attachment related difficulties develop a compassionate understanding of their issues and to make healthier choices and forge functional relationships with their own children

·       Breaking free of the traps that drive the cycles. This will include improving the parent child relationship and recognising and negotiating systemic traps

Attention will be given to the broad impact of developmental trauma and neglect, namely:

·       Neurological development

·       Development of sense of self

·       Interpersonal close bonded relationships

·       Wider relational systems

·       Cultural influences

Whether you work with children or adults you will leave with an appreciation of the wide-ranging impact of childhood trauma and attachment. You will be able to formulate and understand child and/or adult difficulties using simple systemic and developmental frameworks. You will be able to identify the traps that maintain problems within a family and the individual and identify which CBT strategies you can mobilise to help.


Instructions for joining OCTC online workshop


Helen Kennerley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Helen Kennerley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, where she was for many years Director of the postgraduate courses in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies and the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is currently the lead for the OCTC / University of Oxford Certificate in Supervision and Training.  She is an experienced clinician now specialising in childhood trauma. 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 Anxiety and co-author of An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, both of which have been highly commended by the British Medical Association. In 2002, Helen was also voted one of the most influential female cognitive therapists in Britain by BABCP members.

Sasha Walters, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sasha qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2015 from the University of Bath course. Sasha is a BABCP accredited practitioner who specialises in working with anxiety disorders across all ages but particularly with children and young people. Prior to clinical training, she completed a PhD in the area of developmental psychopathology exploring the mediating role of children’s cognitions in the relationship between inter-parental conflict and child adjustment during school transition. Since qualifying, Sasha has worked in specialist CBT clinics for children and young adults with a range of anxiety and depressive conditions. Sasha is passionate about promoting the use of evidence based practice in therapy particularly in the areas of paediatric OCD and Emetophobia (fear of vomiting).

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

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.