Cognitive Therapy for Early Intervention in Psychosis & At Risk Mental States: Back to Basics

This workshop will outline a cognitive approach to working with people experiencing first episode psychosis or presenting with an At Risk Mental State (ARMs). This approach to the understanding of distressing psychotic experiences,  suggests that it is the interpretation of these intrusions and problematic responses to them that causes the associated distress and disability. The workshop will use a variety of techniques including collaborative discussion, role plays and video demonstration to illustrate how this model can be used to develop idiosyncratic case formulations with service users and how such formulations are used to guide intervention. Specific issues to be

covered include development of formulations, using these to derive intervention strategies, common verbal reattribution strategies, use of behavioural experiments and how to facilitate the completion of between session tasks. The workshop will be informed by experience of training trial therapists and ensuring fidelity to a treatment approach that ensures that the basics of cognitive therapy for psychosis are delivered to a high standard of competence within a collaborative and validating framework.

The workshop will assume knowledge of and basic skills in cognitive therapy and some experience of working with people with psychosis. It is intended to be suitable for people currently practicing CBT for people with psychosis. However, it is also likely to be useful to those who are enthusiastic

to learn more about the approach. 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.


Morrison, A.P. (2001) The interpretation of intrusions in psychosis: An integrative cognitive approach to psychotic symptoms. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29, 257-276.

Morrison, A. P., Renton, J. C., Dunn, H., Williams, S., & Bentall, R. P. (2003). Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis: a Formulation-based Approach. London: Psychology Press.

Morrison, A. P., Renton, J. C., French, P., & Bentall, R. P. (2008). Think you’re crazy? Think again: A resource book for cognitive therapy for psychosis. London: Routledge.


Tony Morrison

Tony Morrison is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and also Associate Director for Clinical Research at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust. He has published widely on cognitive therapy for psychosis and conducted research examining the links between trauma and psychosis. He has published over 100 articles on cognitive therapy for psychosis and experimental studies of cognitive processes in psychosis, including an influential cognitive model of psychosis, and has conducted several treatment trials of cognitive therapy for psychosis and for people at high risk of psychosis. He has also published several treatment manuals. He has recently been a member of 2 NICE guideline development groups and was a member of the Department of Health Expert Reference Group for development of a competency framework for CBT for psychosis.

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.