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Design and delivery skills for CBT-informed groups

Presented by Nicola Walker and Davy De Geeter

About the event

This online, participative event will be held on Zoom, and has been organised by the Group-CBT Special Interest Group. For more details on the Group-CBT SIG please see here.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 x hours CPD. The event will not be recorded.

Registration closes - Midday on Tuesday 5 March. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!

This full-day workshop can be attended as a standalone CPD or as the second in a series of four linked training sessions which overall aim to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to undertake CBT-informed groupwork.

Session 2 will focus on how to design and deliver CBT-informed groups. The workshop aims to enable attendees to make CBT-informed groups interesting, enjoyable, and therapeutic. This will be achieved by presenting theoretical knowledge, setting up opportunities for critical discussion and skills practice, and by modelling how to use informative, interactive, and experiential methods to engage group members from the start and throughout.

CBT delivered in a group format can be as effective as in a 1:1 format. Groupwork can address issues of equity and accessibility for minoritized communities (Whittingham et al. 2023). However, some group-specific risks require mitigation. Furthermore, most clients prefer 1:1 psychotherapy over group psychotherapy (Haugh et al. 2019; Strauss et al. 2015), due to worries about confidentiality, fear of being criticised, or of losing control in front of other people (Piper, 2008). Therefore, training in group facilitation is essential to reduce adverse events and negative outcomes.

Whether you are new to group therapy or have experience in this area, these workshops will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips. This workshop is appropriate for mental health practitioners, either qualified in a core profession such as nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, criminal justice workers, probation officers, wellbeing practitioners, high intensity therapists, or those with relevant experience of group work as a trainee, teacher, lay peer support worker or volunteer.

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, attendees should be able to:

1. Be aware of anyone feeling left out or marginalised and take action to promote group cohesion

2. Use 1:1 contact between, before, or after group sessions to motivate, engage, and retain clients in therapy

3. Structure group activities to ensure all group members can participate through pair work for example

4. Manage the timing and pacing of sessions

5. Adapt psychoeducational content in a relatable and relevant way to meet the needs of specific clients and populations

6. Create attention-grabbing and thought-provoking PowerPoint presentations

7. Use a flip chart or whiteboard to personalise the discussion in response to individual group members' questions and comments

8. Communicate verbally and non-verbally, and present information clearly and succinctly

About the presenter(s)

Nicola Walker is a Lecturer in CBT at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was previously a teacher on the University of Sheffield’s CBT for eating disorders programme and taught CBT for IAPT trainee high-intensity therapists at Teesside University. Nicola's core profession is a mental health nurse, and she is a qualified Group Analyst. Nicola has run groups and set up group programmes for many years in outpatient, day patient, inpatient, and community settings for people with complex needs, eating disorders and personality disorders. She is particularly interested in how to optimise peer effects in groups.


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Online Event
11 Mar 2024
SIG: Group CBT
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
85.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non Member

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