CBASP – Innovative Treatment for Persistent Depression: A Primer

Presented by Erin Graham and Marianne Liebing-Wilson

About the event

This is an online, participative event via the Zoom meeting platform.  This session will not be recorded.

CBASP was developed by American clinical psychologist Dr JP McCullough in the 1980’s to treat chronic depression. Further to this, CBASP is the only treatment specifically tailored for early-onset chronic depression. Within the CBASP model, chronic depression is thought to develop due to maltreatment at an early age, leading to an arrested cognitive and emotional development. These early experiences mean that the young person remains stuck at a preoperational (childlike) level of social/interpersonal development.  CBASP specifically addresses this arrested development, asking the client to consider their impact upon their environments (stimulus value) and to be receptive to the information that the world offers (feedback loop).

The active treatment techniques include ‘Situational Analysis’ (SA) wherein the patient is required to objectively analyse recent interpersonal moments with the intention of gaining an understanding into how their actions contribute to desired outcomes.  Additionally the relationship between therapist and patient provides an invaluable opportunity for the therapist to perform ‘Disciplined Personal Involvement’ (DPI) strategies. These strategies help the patients to develop further insight into their potential impact upon others and also aid social problem solving to discriminate between current healthy relationships and harmful historical relationships.

This workshop aims to introduce delegates to the CBASP model, its origins and practical application in clinical practice.

This workshop is designed as an introduction or primer, and people interested in the approach are encouraged to attend further training and supervision. 

It will aim to provide insights into the main features of CBASP and show how these may be carried out when treating people presenting with persistent depression, with DVD footage.

About the presenter(s)

Erin Graham

Erin has been working in mental health since 2000 and has been a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist since 2010. Erin is an accredited member of the BABCP and is also an accredited CBASP practitioner and supervisor.  Since qualifying 11 years ago Erin has worked in secondary mental health services, as a therapist, as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team with adults who have a range of difficulties including Affective disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Complex trauma/PTSD and Psychosis.

Erin had the opportunity to participate in the training with Jim McCullough during his last visit to the UK in 2010 and since then has developed a special interest in CBASP and people with chronic depression and interpersonal difficulties.

Marianne Liebing-Wilson

Marianne was a Registered Mental Nurse and completed her Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy in 1997, after which she worked as a Nurse therapist for several years in community settings before joining the Multi-disciplinary Adult Psychotherapy Service (MAPS) in Tayside in 2006. She held the position of Senior Adult Psychotherapist and spent half of her working time in clinical practice..

Marianne has been an accredited practitioner with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) since 1998. She worked as a supervisor in the PG Training CBT Training Programme at the University of Dundee since 1999 and was associate director of the course from 2010 until 2018, when she retired from NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee. She now works in private practice and continues to teach both nationally and internationally.

Along with her colleagues she developed a special interest in the treatment of Persistent Depression, offering treatment interventions for these hard to treat patients. She has been a trainer and supervisor in Cognitive-Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for more than ten years.


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Registration closes - Monday 12 July 2021

Online Event
16 Jul 2021
60.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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