CBT for Psychosis & Bipolar: Working with at risk mental states; WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FACE 2 FACE

Registration closes @12 noon on 26.04.24

We are delighted to offer this workshop from Professor Sophie Parker, a leading clinician and researcher in the field of early intervention and at risk mental states in psychosis and bipolar disorder. Delegates will learn about the evidence base in relation to ARMs assessments and interventions and will gain practical skills in the adaptation and application of CBTp and CBTBAR models and intervention protocols for this client group and its broader application.

The learning objectives for those attending the workshop will be:
• To gain an understanding of the evidence base in the field of at risk mental states and those at risk of bipolar disorder
• Develop an awareness of the important psychological treatments to be offered
• To acquire insight into the key treatment targets of therapeutic interventions in this area

This workshop can be attended as a standalone workshop, however it will also align well with the CBTp masterclass workshop being delivered by Professor Tony Morrison on 14 March and delegates may wish to attend both.

Jones, W., T., Peters, S., Byrne, R.E., Shiers, D., Law., H., & Parker, S. (2021). “It felt very special, it felt customised to me” – a qualitative investigation of the experiences of participating in a clinical trial of CBT for young people at risk of bipolar disorder”. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 94, 686-703.

Morrison, A. P., French, P., Stewart, S. L., Birchwood, M., Fowler, D., Gumley, A. I., Jones, P.B., Bentall, R.P., Lewis, S.W., Murray, G.K., Patterson, P., Brunet, K., Conroy, J., Parker, S., Reilly, T., Byrne, R., Davies, L.M. & Dunn, G. (2012). Early detection and intervention evaluation for people at risk of psychosis: multisite randomised controlled trial. Bmj, 344.

French, P. & Morrison, A.P. (2004). Early Detection and Cognitive Therapy for People at High Risk of Developing Psychosis: A Treatment Approach. John Wiley & Sons. Print ISBN:9780470863145 |Online ISBN:9780470713259 |DOI:10.1002/9780470713259


Sophie Parker

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Professor Sophie Parker is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director for the Youth Mental Health Research Unit at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Also working at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) and the University of Manchester, Sophie has 20+ years of experience working on trials for psychosis and NHS clinical work. Sophie has worked in the field of At Risk Mental States (individuals at high risk of developing psychosis) and on the world’s first trial of Cognitive Therapy for At Risk Mental States and the development of the first NHS services for young people at risk of developing psychosis. She has been the national lead for training staff across the NHS workforce to achieve the access and waiting time standards.

In more recent years, Sophie has been applying this knowledge and research base to young people at risk of developing other long-term mental health difficulties other than psychosis e.g. Bipolar Disorder as the Chief Investigator of successful awards from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate the application of this approach to the prevention of Bipolar Disorder (Bipolar at Risk Trial). Sophie has also been the Chief Investigator on a RfPB grant from the NIHR researching the application of Attention Training Technique for Individuals with Psychosis, Chief Investigator on a trial of Metacognitive Therapy for At Risk Mental States and a Co-Applicant on the PRODIGY trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, evaluating a new psychological intervention: Social Recovery Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (SRCBT) for young people.

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).

The registration closing date for each workshop is shown on the workshop description page.  Please note that no applications received after this deadline will be permitted.

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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.