CBT and Performance Anxiety with a Student Population

Presented by Geoff Baxter

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 (SIG).

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 x hours CPD - 50/50 skills and theory.

Registration closes - Midday Tuesday 23 August. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.

Performance anxiety is one of the most significant presentations at University mental health services. Students are faced with a number of situations where this is triggered ranging from group work, the need to speak up in tutorials and presentations. Post-COVID where students are having to move from an online interaction to a campus based one has been a trigger for a rise in this anxiety and is a contributing factor to a disengagement in studies, social isolation and University withdrawals.

This CPD event will consider a CBT approach to Performance Anxiety from, looking at case-studies, experience of working with Performance Anxiety from a CBT perspective and provide time for group discussions to explore formulation and peer experiences.

Models for social anxiety are well known for CBT and these extend to some extent for Performance Anxiety. However in many of the sources (musicians and students for example) acceptance of failure is not seen as acceptable and therefore adaptations for a CBT approach can help increase engagement. Geoff Baxter will present his experience and approach coming from the perspective of both a CBT Therapist and professional musician which will help attendees see where resistance may arise in Clients and how to identify, discuss and address this.

Aims / Objectives
To inform attendees of the background to Performance Anxiety, how it presents in students, barriers this may create in CBT engagement and an understanding of how to identify and overcome barriers. To do this via peer discussion and support.

Learning Outcomes
The ability to identify performance anxiety, understand how it may prevent usual CBT engagement, how to manage this via CBT formulation and engage and treat suitable clients.

About the presenter(s)

Geoff Baxter is a BABCP and AREBT Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with over 20 years therapy experience. After initial training as a musician, Geoff moved to London to pursue a career as a professional trombonist. It was during this time that he first became interested in psychology, initially in relation to performance. After completing a Masters degree in psychology for musicians he decided to pursue therapy as a career and retrained as a psychotherapist.

Geoff has worked as a CBT Therapist at the Priory Hospital and a performance therapist at Trinity College of Music. In addition to his clinical work he has also taught and supervised on the Rational Emotive & Cognitive- Behaviour Therapy Masters Degree course at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. He currently works in private practice in Hertfordshire and London.


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Online Event
25 Aug 2022
SIG: CBT Practitioners in Higher Education
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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