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Using behavioural experiments in the treatment of anxiety disorders

Dr Nick Grey

Wednesday, 27 November 2024


Behavioural experiments are one of the most powerful means to cognitive change. They are now used in all contemporary CBT approaches.

The event will be equivalent to 5.1/2hrs of CPD.


This workshop will help participants use behavioural experiments most effectively with their clients. It will describe when to and how best to set the cognitive platform for behavioural experiments. There will be video examples of behavioural experiments both inside and outside the therapy office. There will be opportunity for participants to reflect on their own work and to discuss how to overcome obstacles to the effective use of behavioural experiments, including remote delivery of therapy.

Learning Objectives

Understand the theory behind behavioural experiments
Be able to set up and do behavioural experiments
Be able to learn from them and plan next steps
How to use a standard behavioural experiment form
Be able to overcome some difficulties with behavioural experiments

Training Modalities

Didactic content, Q&A, polls, quizzes, videos of sessions.

Key References

Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., Mueller, M., & Westbrook, D. (2004). Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy. Oxford University Press

About the presenter

Nick is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University of Sussex, and a member of the Wellcome Anxiety Disorders Group at University of Oxford. Nick is a BABCP-accredited practitioner, supervisor and trainer. He is the co-editor of ‘How to become a more effective CBT therapist’ (2014, Wiley).

Who should attend

This workshop is for CBT therapists who wish to make their use of behavioural experiments more effective. It will be applicable to therapists at all levels of experience. The examples used are predominantly from individual therapy with working age adults as that is Nick’s clinical experience, but the principles will apply across services and populations.

Details coming soon

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