CBT for Psychosis: a Masterclass: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FACE 2 FACE

Registration closes @12 noon on 08.03.24

We are delighted to offer this masterclass from Professor Tony Morrison, one of the world’s foremost researchers and clinicians in the field of CBT for psychosis who has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to understanding psychosis and improving treatments for people experiencing distressing psychotic symptoms.

In this workshop, delegates will learn about Tony’s seminal normalising cognitive model of psychosis and gain a step by step understanding of the associated intervention protocol. They will learn how to use these in clinical practice to guide collaborative CBTp assessment, formulation, and intervention, and develop key skills in how to engage clients with complex difficulties and overcome common barriers and challenges encountered in therapy. Learning outcomes will include the ability to develop formulations based on the model, knowledge of how to utilise these to collaboratively select change strategies and both practice and observation of common change strategies to promote understanding of their use.

Tony will talk about working with client’s at different stages of difficulty including early intervention and those experiencing longer term difficulties. Tony will also provide a clinically oriented summary of some of his latest groundbreaking research, including trials comparing outcomes for both young people and adults with first episode psychosis who received medication only compared to those who received CBTp only versus both. Key implications for CBTp practitioners to take into their clinical practice will be highlighted.

This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best – not to be missed!

Morrison, Anthony P. “A manualised treatment protocol to guide delivery of evidence-based cognitive therapy for people with distressing psychosis: learning from clinical trials.” Psychosis 9, no. 3 (2017): 271-281.
Morrison, A. P., Gonçalves, C. C., Peel, H., Larkin, A., & Bowe, S. E. (2023). Identifying types of problems and relative priorities in the problem lists of participants in CBT for psychosis trials. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-12.
Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Maughan, D., Johns, L., Freeman, D., Broome, M. R., … & Yung, A. (2020). Antipsychotic medication versus psychological intervention versus a combination of both in adolescents with first-episode psychosis (MAPS): a multicentre, three-arm, randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(9), 788-800.
Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Gumley, A., Schwannauer, M., Turkington, D., MacLennan, G., … & Tully, S. (2018). Cognitive behavioural therapy in clozapine-resistant schizophrenia (FOCUS): an assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(8), 633-643


Tony Morrison

Tony Morrison is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and Associate Director for Research at Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. He has published over 200 articles on cognitive approaches to understanding and treating psychosis and related topics, including an influential cognitive model of psychosis, and has conducted several treatment trials of cognitive therapy for people with psychosis and for people at high risk of developing psychosis.

Tony has published several treatment manuals, he has also conducted research examining the links between trauma and psychosis and has explored issues of patient choice and the facilitation of user-led research into psychosis and mental health services. He has been a member of two NICE guideline development groups (Psychosis in children and young people CG155; Adult Schizophrenia and Psychosis: update CG178) and was a member of the Department of Health Expert Reference Group for the development of a competency framework for CBT for psychosis. He is Director of the Psychosis Research Unit at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Tony’s research involves the application of psychological principles to the understanding and treatment of psychosis and attempts to determine how far we can ‘explain the unexplainable’ using normal psychosocial processes. His approach to the understanding and treatment of psychosis involves a strong emphasis on normalising theory, which assumes that psychotic experiences are relatively common, not pathological and can be experienced by anyone under certain circumstances, and integrates this with a programme of clinical research which involves collaborations with service user researchers and other clinicians and researchers.

He is likes spending time relaxing with family and friends and letting off steam watching Manchester City (especially when they beat their local rivals, which happens more often these days).

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
prior to booking.