The Science of Adolescence and How this Impacts on Delivering CBT

Presented by Dr Lawrence Howells

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the CBT Practitioners in Higher Education Special Interest Group (HE SIG).

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 2 x hours CPD - 1hr theory and 1hr skills.

Registration closes - Midday Thursday 7 July. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.


This event is designed to support CBT Therapists working with young people aged 18-24, particularly those CBT Therapists in HE SIG.

The development from childhood to adulthood (adolescence) is an increasingly widening and fragmented phase of life, now often considered to cover from 10 up to 25 years. Education dominates much of this period and is fundamental to many aspects of the development into adulthood.

This event begins with an exploration of the science of adolescence from various perspectives to invite participants to consider this context of young people’s lives. It then moves on to explore theories of adolescence, the models available to help us make sense of this phase of life. Finally, it explores how this context might inform clinical decision-making in CBT. There is a focus on the big clinical decisions: whether to intervene, what goals to focus on, how to maintain engagement and when to stop. There is also consideration of different ways of delivering CBT and their relative merits in this context. The event will contain aspects of didactic teaching, but will encourage an application of the ideas to clinical practice in interaction, group discussions and a Q&A.


  • Understand the science of adolescent development

  • Compare different theories of adolescence

  • Apply these ideas to clinical practice

  • Implement the adjustments required in clinical practice in future

Learning Outcomes
To be able to engage better with younger clients by understanding their motivations and needs better.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Lawrence Howells is a Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT practitioner with a history of working with adolescents and young adults. He has developed new ways of delivering CBT that are tailored to this population.

He has written various publications, including a CBT treatment manual published in 2018: "CBT for Adolescents and Young Adults - An Emotion Regulation Approach", which "offers a practical and refreshingly different approach to doing CBT with adolescents and young people" (Maria Loades, Senior Lecturer). His most recent book “Understanding Your 7 Emotions”, is a self-help book based on emotion science and was published this year.

He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia and maintains a thriving clinical practice.


If you need to cancel your booking, please email Cancellations made up to 5 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event.

Online Event
12 Jul 2022
SIG: CBT Practitioners in Higher Education
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
40.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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