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Poverty and Deprivation


  • Discuss ways to improve access and outcomes for those from deprived areas and experiencing poverty
  • Discuss best practice guidance on using CBT to help to reduce the link between financial difficulties and poor mental health
  • Exploring therapist bias/ stigma when working with people in poverty/ low expectations for recovery
  • Asking about money worries within the assessment as standard- encouraging all therapists to complete the free training New financial wellbeing session now added to All Our Health - elearning for healthcare (
  • Increase awareness of socio economic issues amongst CBT therapists and Psychological Wellbeing practitioners in the UK
  • Organise CPD training events for BABCP members: At least 2 per year
  • Collaborate on relevant research projects
  • Collaborate with those with lived experience in all of these activities
  • Collaborating with other organisations to develop shared campaigns and goals

Committee members

Chair  Thomas Richardson
Secretaries Paul Thorley-Ryder and Joseph Roth
Treasurer Melanie Woodward
Liaison Officer  Allan Laville


You can join the Poverty & Deprivation SIG here (member login required)


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