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Adapting CBT for depression to support clients with personality difficulties

Presented by Professor Barney Dunn

About the event

This in-person workshop has been organised by the BABCP West Branch.

 - The Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF Venue Website
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 Thursday 11th April. Places are limited though, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Many depressed clients treated with CBT also have features of an underlying personality disorder. These Axis-II features can make it challenging to establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance and can also impact on how effective CBT approaches are in treating symptoms of depression. This workshop will consider how to recognise personality disorder features along a continuum of severity, how to make the decision about whether an individual can be effectively treated with a depression CBT protocol, and how to adapt standard CBT practice to ensure effective clinical management. The workshop will focus on borderline personality disorder (BPD), as this is a common and challenging condition for which effective psychological approaches have been developed.

The emphasis will be on practice for clients with subthreshold personality disorder features who often fall in the gap between primary (IAPT) and secondary care service provision, including how to ensure clinical formulations and practice are culturally sensitive and attend to EDI issues. The workshop will concentrate on managing the therapeutic alliance, how to integrate techniques from other treatments within a cognitive formulation, how to maintain the boundaries of the work, and how to ensure good therapist self-care. The workshop has been co-designed with lived experience input and will incorporate video interviews of clients experiences and views on how to adapt care for clients with personality difficulties. The workshop is informed by analysis of how personality difficulty features impact on NHS Talking Therapy outcomes (e.g. Mars et al., 2020) and meta-analyses of how well CBT for depression can support clients with comorbid personality difficulties (Banyard et al., 2022).

Aims and objectives

  • To support therapists with adapting formulations when treating subthreshold personality difficulties

  • Encouraging culturally sensitive practice and formulations

  • Facilitating how therapists can maintain therapeutic alliance whilst establishing boundaries within therapy

  • Integrating other cognitive techniques to support therapy work

About the presenter(s)

Professor Barney Dunn is a research and clinical psychologist, currently employed as mental health lead for NIHR Primary Care School at the University of Exeter. He completed his CAT practitioner training in 2007 in Oxford. He was a Beck Institute Scholar in 2013, receiving training and supervision at the Beck Cognitive Therapy Institute in Philadelphia, US. He was awarded diplomate membership of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2013, and accreditation as a CBT therapist by BABCP in 2015.
Barney has
been the co-lead for the AccEPT clinic since 2015 (an NHS commissioned service innovating novel treatments for mood disorders that sits in the gap between IAPT and secondary care). He teaches on clinical psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within Exeter, and provides training workshops nationally and internationally on a range of different therapies and on workplace wellbeing.

Core Research Areas:

  • Development and Evaluation of Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT) for anhedonia depression in adults and young adults

  • Evaluating adaptations of mindfulness-based interventions for complex depression and workplace wellbeing

  • Understanding what psychological mechanisms influence positive emotions and wellbeing


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Face-to-Face Event
26 Apr 2024
100.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
130.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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