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CBASP – Innovative Treatment for Persistent Depression: A Primer

Presented by Erin Graham and Jonathan Linstead

About the event

This is a face to face meeting, organised by the Cognitive-Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) Special Interest Group. For more details on the CBASP SIG see here

This event is taking place face-to-face only and will not be recorded.

Venue - Eco-Power Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 5JW
  • Lunch and refreshments are included

    A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 hours CPD.

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


    Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) is to date the only psychological therapy specifically developed (McCullough 2000, McCullough 2003, McCullough 2006) to meet the challenges presented to therapists when working with the persistently, or chronically depressed patient (Keller 2000, Swan, MacVicar et al. 2014).

    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.

    CBASP is currently included in the draft NICE guidelines for treatment of depression, specifically recommended in the treatment of persistent depression.

    The workshop will be delivered in an interactive way incorporating group exercises and making use of DVD session footage to enhance learning outcomes.

    The workshop is suitable for CBT practitioners who have found themselves challenged by, and are looking for solutions to the conundrum of patients with persistent or chronic depression. This workshop is designed as an introduction or primer, and people interested in the approach are encouraged to attend further training and supervision.

    Learning outcomes and objectives

    • To provide insights into the main features of CBASP and show how these may be carried out when treating people presenting with persistent depression

    • To introduce delegates to the CBASP model, its origins and practical application in clinical practice

    About the presenter(s)

    Jonathan Linstead is a registered mental health nurse and an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. He is also an accredited CBASP practitioner and trainer. Jonathan is the current chairperson for the BABCP CBASP special interest group. He has 8 years’ experience delivering therapy within an IAPT service and in 2016 commenced a psychotherapy role within an early intervention in psychosis team. He is trained in CBTp and has a special interest in treating young adults with persistent depression and psychosis. He is an accredited EMDR consultant.

    Erin Graham 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 13 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 Depression, Personality Disorders 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. Erin now also works for the BABCP.


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    Face-to-Face Event
    30 Jun 2023
    70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
    90.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non Member
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