Tech in Mental Health: Delivering CBT in the age of Big Data, Al chatbots and Virtual Reality

This training is relevant to everyone who practices CBT at the moment.  Transformative Technologies that deliver elements of CBT practice, such as Mindfulness Apps, AI  Chatbots, AI Carebots and Virtual Reality are moving from research and development projects into the mainstream.  As the evidence base for their effectiveness grows, they are predicted to transform the way mental health practice and services are delivered and engaged with by clients and service users.

Whether you feel excited, curious, confused or horrified by these technologies and  whatever your current level of technical confidence, this workshop is aimed at you.  The focus will be on demystifying the technologies and building confidence and skills.  You will learn about Apps and services  that are available at the moment, or are in the pipeline; how to signpost clients to services; and how to incorporate the tools into your CBT practice, or into your service.   We will also cover some other aspects of client safety in the digital age such as working with clients with internet addiction and handling cyber bullying.  We will explore the current debates on ethical, security, safety and agency  issues that  arise as we move towards increasingly personalised healthcare, powered by Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.


Recommended reading, listening and viewing:
Mental Health apps approved by the NHS –

Top 25 Best Mental Health Apps: An Effective Alternative for When You Can’t Afford Therapy? Jessica Shelton, Psycom, 2018

Youtube video from Nichol Bradford, co-founder of Transformative Technology Academy

Automated psychological therapy using immersive virtual reality for treatment of fear of heights:, Freeman et al. The Lancet, Jul 2018

The healthcare professional’s guide to Blockchain


Romilly Gregory

Romilly Gregory BABCP (Accred), MBACP (Accred) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and works in private practice and in the Brookes University Occupational Health CBT service. Until recently she worked for Talking Space Plus the Oxfordshire IAPT service.  Before retraining in CBT 9 years ago, at OCTC and the Charlie Waller Institute, Romilly worked for 25 years in the IT sector.  For 9 years she was Enterprise Architect for Oxfam, guiding the organisation through global IT investment decisions. She has many years experience at facilitating interactive events with diverse groups of participants.  In 2018  she completed a Transformative Tech Academy for innovators developing technology for mental health and wellbeing.

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.