Working with imagery in CBT : A one day workshop to build skills and confidence: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

Registration closes @12 noon on 15.02.22

Description of the workshop:

Mental imagery can be harnessed as a powerful therapeutic tool to change behaviour and affect.  Working with our client’s problematic images using mental imagery techniques rather than more traditional verbal techniques is usually much more effective and yet we often lack all the skills and confidence to do this.  Many of us feel we should approach our client’s distressing mental imagery but feel unsure what we should do about it when it is there.  And sometimes although we might routinely ask about problematic cognitions, we feel less comfortable to ask about the mental images that may be causing problems for our clients.

This workshop gives an introduction to the basics of working with mental imagery within CBT.  It aims to increase participants confidence in exploring their clients’ world of imagery and understand how to target and work with particular mental images that represent key parts of clients’ presenting difficulties.  There will be plenty of opportunity to practice some of the imagery based CBT techniques we can make use of in therapy and to understand how we can widen our use of, for example, imagery rescripting, to become more versatile therapists when imagery comes up for our clients.

Learning objectives are as follows:-

  • Understand the definition of a mental image
  • Explain why it is important clinically to focus on images
  • Produce a microformulation of a problematic image
  • Identify a number of CBT techniques to intervene with a problematic image based on the formulation
  • Be familiar with the range of imagery-based techniques available
  • Identify when metacognitive techniques might be useful
  • Be able to deliver metacognitive techniques
  • Be able to deliver imagery rescripting
  • Identify the transferable skills and knowledge you already have to work clinically with problematic imagery


Rachel Manser, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Manser trained as a Clinical Psychologist with Oxford University.  She has worked across many NHS settings over the years as a Clinical Psychologist including IAPT, AMHTs, EIS and inpatient settings. She has also worked as a therapist on two research trials for people with a bipolar disorder diagnosis using imagery based CBT as well as working on a trial with people distressed by voice hearing.  Rachel has extensive experience supervising and teaching CBT.  She currently works as a Clinical Psychologist in an early intervention in psychosis service.  Rachel works in OCTC as a supervisor, trainer and as deputy course lead on the PG Cert in Enhanced CBT: psychosis and bipolar disorder.

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.