Introduction to CBT – Child and Adolescent Series

The Introduction to CBT – Child and Adolescent series, consists of 8 days of workshops and includes 4 days of generic CBT workshops and 4 days of specific workshops focusing on working with children and adolescents using the CBT approach.  Please note that Parts 1 & 2 are Basic Level workshops and Parts 3 & 4 are Basic/Intermediate Level workshops, so it is expected that participants attending Parts 3 & 4 will have completed Parts 1 & 2 of the series (or will have attended some basic generic CBT training elsewhere).

Part 1: Assessment & Formulation, 10 & 11 September 2018 (Various OCTC staff)

This workshop will give participants a grounding in the fundamental skills of using CBT. The workshop incorporates a brief introduction to basic CBT theory, but the main aim is to teach participants the CBT skills of assessing clients and producing CBT formulations, or case conceptualisations, of their problems. The workshop is focused on practical clinical skills, and therefore the bulk of the work involves role-playing. Using role-played ‘clients’, workshop participants in small groups will follow through the different stages of assessment, finally producing a CBT formulation for the ‘client’.

Part 2: Basic Therapeutic Skills, 1 & 2 October 2018 (Various OCTC staff)

This workshop builds on the Assessment and Formulation workshop, and provides an introduction to some of the basic strategies used in CBT. These include agenda setting, identifying and testing negative thoughts, using guided discovery (“Socratic questioning”), goal setting, and the use of behavioural experiments. As with Part 1, the workshop involves extensive role-playing, in order to give participants hands-on experience and feedback of clinical strategies.

Part 3: Adapting CBT for Children and Young People, 3 December 2018 (Jo Adams) & Working with Families in CBT with Young People, 4 December 2018 (Anne Stewart)

The aims of these workshop is to develop and refine some of the basic skills learned in Parts 1 and 2, and to integrate them in the context of working with children and young people.  Particular issues addressed will include: developmental issues, engaging children, young people and carers, suitability, systemic formulations.

3 Dec 2018 – Adapting CBT for Children and Young People (Jo Adams)

This workshop provides an opportunity to develop and refine some of the basic skills learned in Parts 1 and 2 and to integrate them in the context of working with children and young people. This will include discussing the evidence base for CBT in this age group, addressing developmental issues, engaging with children and young people, assessing suitability for CBT, managing confidentiality and risk and using the basic CBT model to manage a range of problems in children and young people.

4 Dec 2018 – Working with Families in CBT with Young People (Anne Stewart)

Working with children and young people inevitably means taking account of family factors. This workshop will enable participants to understand the role of the family in development and maintenance of problems and to develop skills in involving the family within CBT in an effective way.

Different ways of working with the family will be discussed, including working with parents as co-therapists, using the family to support behavioural experiments and home practice, as well as working with whole families using a cognitive-behavioural perspective. Research evidence on incorporating families within CBT will be presented, including research on anxiety disorders and depression.

This workshop will build on skills learned in previous workshops in this series and will be interactive with opportunities to discuss case scenarios and try out skills.

Part 4: CBT for Depression in Children and Young People, 15 January 2019 (Anne Stewart) & CBT for Anxiety in Children and Young People, 16 January 2019 (Jo Adams)

This workshop aims to give participants an understanding of how anxiety presents in children and young people and to begin to develop the skills to assess, formulate and treat common anxiety problems. Topics will include understanding anxiety in young people, developmental issues in presentation of anxiety, evidence base for CBT, assessment and formulation, engaging children and young people, involving parents, and helping children and young people to manage anxiety.

15 Jan 2019 – Working with Depression in Young People (Anne Stewart)

This workshop aims to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills to treat young people with depression and will cover the signs and symptoms of depression in young people and current evidence base for CBT as well as focusing on cognitive models of depression, suitability for CBT, assessment, formulation and specific phases of treatment (including how to engage young people and their families, behavioural activation, tackling negative thinking, managing suicidal behaviour and self-harm and relapse prevention).

Case scenario, role plays, small and large group discussion will be used to facilitate learning alongside a theoretical presentation.

16 Jan 2019 – CBT for Anxiety in Children and Young People (Jo Adams)

This workshop aims to give participants an understanding of how anxiety presents in young people and to begin to develop the skills to assess, formulate and treat common anxiety problems.  A number of topics will be covered in the workshop including:

·         Anxiety in young people

·         Developmental Issues

·         Where’s the evidence?

·         Suitability

·         Assessment and formulation

·         Engaging young people

·         Involving parents and carers

·         Helping young people manage their anxiety using CBT

·         Common problems when helping young people and how to overcome them


Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford. She trained as a cognitive therapist at OCTC and is a supervisor and trainer for OCTC. Her publications are primarily in the areas of eating disorders, self-harm and CBT for young people. She has a strong interest in the context of CBT, including the influence of systemic factors, and has developed an approach which takes account of this.

She works currently in a CAMHS eating disorder service and has an interest in how CBT for eating disorders can be integrated within the overall approach with young people and families.

Jo Adams

Jo Adams is a Clinical Psychologist with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical experience and research interests lie in child and adolescent mental health. Jo has worked within CAMHS services for a number of years, and more recently in a specialist child and adolescent eating disorder service. She was a clinical tutor and lead for CAMHS on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath (2012- 2015). Jo has undertaken additional training in CBT, and works predominantly within this modality. She has interests in adolescent development in the context of mental health difficulties and physical illness, and in working with hard to engage 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

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.