Socratic method has been called “the cornerstone of cognitive therapy” (Padesky 1993) – but how many therapists wonder just what is meant by “Socratic method?” How do other therapists do it? When is it appropriate to use other forms of questioning? How can we avoid “psycho-bulldozing”?
This practically based workshop aims to explore the purposes of asking questions in cognitive therapy and to present the therapist with an opportunity to reflect on, and rehearse, their questioning style. There are many ways of using Socratic method, so participants will be presented with a range of examples of Socratic method and different therapeutic styles. It will be relevant to both experienced and recently qualified cognitive therapists who want to develop or refresh their basic skills, and ensure that they get the most from guided discovery.
Delegates will be encouraged to use their own experiences in the practical sessions.
- What do we want to achieve through questioning in therapy?
- Caution & curiosity: the “dos” and “don’ts”
- Socratic method: in assessment and conceptualisation
- Socratic method: in challenging unhelpful perspectives
- Socratic method: in problem solving and planning
Helen Kennerley , Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Helen Kennerley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, where she is the co-director of the postgraduate short-courses in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies and the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also has the lead role in the OCTC clinic. She is an experienced clinician now specialising in childhood trauma, dissociative disorders, and self-injurious behaviours. She has made valuable contributions to the field of cognitive therapy through her popular workshops and her writings. Amongst other publications, she is the author of Overcoming Childhood Trauma and co-author of An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In 2002, Helen was also voted one of the most influential female cognitive therapists in Britain by BABCP members.
We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.
The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, all workshops at the Kings Centre do include lunch, so if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know on your application form.
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
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.
If you wish to change 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.
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.