Event Details

Making friends with uncertainty

Presented by Layla Mofrad and Dr Ashley Tiplady

About the event

This is an in-person workshop organised by the North East and Cumbria Branch.
This event is taking place face-to-face only and will not be recorded.

 - Four Corners Suite, St James' Park, Newcastle United Football Club, Barrack Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4ST

Times9.30am to 4.30pm, with registration from 9.00am

Lunch and refreshments are included.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 hours CPD

Registration closes - Midday on Tuesday 26th Sept.


Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) has been identified as both disorder specific and transdiagnostic in the context of anxiety disorders. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment targeting IU (Making Friends with Uncertainty) has been developed for individual and group interventions. A more recent development of this work is the application of uncertainty interventions for people living with real life uncertainty (for example, a pandemic); the Uncertainty Distress Model and associated interventions for people living with real and actual uncertainty is presented here. This expands and builds on earlier versions of clinical work focussing on Intolerance of Uncertainty and can supplement threat based CBT formulation and interventions.

The workshop offers a way to learn the model from the inside out, and upskill in a range of interventions that can target uncertainty distress in a targeted and specific way. It will consider how uncertainty manifests in therapists and uses live and experiential exercises to exemplify the model.

This workshop could impact therapist awareness of how they experience uncertainty and how they could reflect and sit with it rather than reacting. Awareness of the transdiagnostic process of IU will be increased, as well as skills for working with people facing real life actual uncertainties such as COVID-19, the impact of climate change, and physical ill health. Learning about uncertainty in this way can enhance formulation and understanding of distress associated with real life events and uncertainties.

Learning Outcomes

• To build confidence in working clinically with Uncertainty
• To gain an overview of a transdiagnostic model of Uncertainty Distress and IU
• To develop understanding of interventions for building tolerance to uncertainty and sitting with Uncertainty Distress
• To consider the ways in which the practitioners own relationship with uncertainty might be relevant in using these approaches

About the presenter(s)

Dr Ashley Tiplady is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with a background in IAPT and NHS Occupational Health. She has been researching in the area of Intolerance of Uncertainty since 2014, and was part of the team the developed the first individual and group interventions ( Making friends with uncertainty) which aimed to directly target IU as a transdiagnostic process in anxiety disorders. She currently works in workforce development in the NHS as well as continuing to supervise and train in the area of IU. Dr Tiplady has a particular interest in how therapists and leaders can understand their own behaviours through an uncertainty lens in order to enhance their practice.

Layla Mofrad is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Supervisor at the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies in CNTW NHS Foundation Trust. She is an NIHR ARC NENC Practice Fellow currently working on qualitative evaluation of the Making Friends with Uncertainty Group. She has been involved in research focussing on IU and Uncertainty Distress since 2017.


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Face-to-Face Event
6 Oct 2023
North East & Cumbria
80.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
100.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non Member
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