Considering attachment in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: WORKSHOP + RECORDING via Zoom

Registration closes @12 noon on 14.10.24

Attachment theory is not always considered when working with people using a CBT approach, when in reality attachment experiences permeate every aspect of the person’s life and are likely to be contributing towards their current presentation and mental health difficulties. Attachment can be conceptualised within early experiences and corresponding belief systems, and can impact everyday coping styles such as help seeking behaviours and building, communicating within and maintaining relationships. It makes sense too, that a person’s attachment style will play a part in the therapeutic relationship.
Attachment styles often become noticeable during the perinatal period, where parents become preoccupied with their own parented experiences which impacts their current relationship with their newborn.

The workshop will support clinicians to:

• Have an understanding of attachment theory
• Consider attachment experiences within the formulation process
• Consider how attachment experiences will impact interventions in clinical practice
• Consider how old attachment styles may become more prevalent in the perinatal period and how bonding with babies can be supported
• Reflect upon barriers of some people engaging in therapy and how that may present and can be managed therapeutically

New: Workshop recording

By attending this workshop I understand I am giving my consent for the workshop to be video recorded and for this video recording to be available for the amount of time determined by OCTC and outlined in the purchase agreement. My name, if displayed onscreen, and my image will make up part of this recording. Recordings are the property of OCTC and making copies of these recordings or sharing login details is not permitted. Please do not reveal details which may compromise the anonymity of clients.


Amandeep Soomal, Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

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Amandeep Soomal is a Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in Perinatal Mental Health. Amandeep has worked in primary care talking therapies services, and most recently specialist community mental health teams. She offers CBT assessment, formulation and treatment interventions as well as Couples Therapy and Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) to support parents and families experiencing challenges in their mental health and attachment in the vulnerable perinatal period.

Amandeep is a Programme Lead on the BABCP Top Up Programme for qualified Clinical Psychologists supporting clinicians progress towards BABCP Accreditation by coordinating CBT teaching, supervision and marking nationally. Amandeep is also an Academic Tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma for CBT, offering supervision and marking at University of Birmingham and now OCTC. Amandeep has an interest in embedding intersectionality within teaching and supervision and considering power and privilege within therapeutic practice.

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).

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.

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.