Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Working with Perinatal Depression: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

Registration closes @12 noon on 12.03.24

The transition to parenthood requires multiple adjustments across many domains of life. The uncertainty and increased responsibility, coupled with sleep deprivation and a shifting sense of self are sometimes associated with an intensity of emotional lability that can be challenging to cope with. The impact of unmet expectations, and Western societal structures that place the overwhelming burden of child-rearing on the couple may also contribute to the prevalence of antenatal and postnatal depression which can affect up to one third of women and 10% of men, with emerging evidence that these rates have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this workshop, we will explore the application of cognitive behavioural theory and principles to the treatment of depression occurring during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. This will include reflections on how to integrate compassion-focused and schema-informed approaches to formulation and intervention within a CBT framework. We will also consider the impact of parental depression on the developing infant and the parent-infant attachment, and some practical adaptations that may be required to deliver effective psychotherapeutic interventions for depression in the perinatal period.

Learning Outcomes:
• To understand what is meant by perinatal depression and how it can affect both parents and infants
• To be able to assess and conceptualise depression in the perinatal period within a CBT framework, including a relational and systemic perspective
• To apply existing knowledge of CBT principles to plan a formulation-driven intervention to treat low mood or depression, taking into consideration factors that are likely to be particular to the perinatal period
• To consider the assessment of risk associated with depression in the perinatal period
• To be able to keep the baby in mind when working therapeutically with a parent experiencing depression
• To understand how to integrate ideas from compassion-focused and schema-informed approaches into the basic cognitive behavioural framework


Rebecca Knowles Bevis

Dr Becca Knowles Bevis trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Manchester after undertaking an ESRC-funded PhD under the supervision of Professor Richard Bentall. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of NHS mental health services including primary and secondary care community mental health teams, complex needs, substance misuse and tertiary trauma services, as well holding research tutor posts on the Sheffield and Oxford clinical psychology training programmes. Becca is a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and an experienced CBT trainer and supervisor. She is an associate supervisor for OCTC, and runs a busy independent psychology practice in Oxfordshire where she specialises in working with psychological distress related to pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Becca has supervised trainee clinical psychologists’ doctoral research projects into a wide range of topics related to perinatal and parent/infant mental health. She is also a Doula UK recognised birth doula, and works closely with the Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership and the Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health Network to promote the involvement of service users in the delivery of maternity and perinatal services in Oxfordshire.

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

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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.