PTSD: Spotting, differentiating and using Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures for Low Intensity CBT Assessments

Dr Allán Laville

Wednesday, 16 March 2022


Identifying PTSD correctly means that appropriate NICE recommended treatment is delivered topatients. However, when conducting brief low intensity assessments, it is not always easy to identify the person’s primary presenting problem. This is particularly important when working at low intensity as the current NICE recommend treatments for PTSD are at high intensity CBT or specialist service care. Therefore, a full and appropriate low intensity assessment is key to supporting a patient to access appropriate care. In order to achieve this, good information gathering and use of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R, Weiss, 2007) is key.

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This webinar focuses on how to spot PTSD symptoms and explores differential diagnoses from other
anxiety disorders and depression. The IAPT screening prompts tool that is recommended for use in
LICBT assessments will be discussed. The Anxiety Disorder Specific Measure recommended by IAPT
for PTSD will also be discussed in terms of how to use the IES-R, cut off scores for PTSD severity and
how to interpret scores. Considerations for assessing PTSD for Children and Young People will briefly
be covered.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify PTSD.
2. Identify distinguishing symptoms of PTSD.
3. Understand the questions to ask to identify the primary presenting problem.
4. Use relevant Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures and interpret scores.

Training Modalities

The presenter will use case illustrations, experiential exercises, polls and Q&A.

Key References

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The IAPT Manual (Version 4). London: NHS England.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual Appendices and helpful resource. London: NHS England.
Shafran, R., Myles-Hooton, P., Bennett, S. & Öst, L-G. (2021). The concept and definition of low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy. Behaviour Resarch and Therapy, 138,

About the presenter

Dr Allán Laville teaches Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. Allán joined the University in 2011 as a PWP Clinical Educator in the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI). By December 2013, he progressed into the role of Senior PWP Clinical Educator working across CWI and SPCLS. He was appointed a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in July 2019 and is the Deputy Co-Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training Committee. Allán won the RUSU Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence.

Who should attend

This event is designed for practitioners delivering low intensity interventions including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Enhanced Psychological Practitioners.