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Effective LICBT interventions

Liz Ruth

5 Dec 2023


The interweaving of core interpersonal skills and approach-specific knowledge and structure in Low Intensity work creates an environment where treatment can be delivered in a flexible and person-centred manner. Low Intensity psychological interventions are delivered at high volume and fast pace, this requires the practitioner to gather, organise and utilise information about the presenting problem to determine the most effective evidence-based low intensity treatment intervention, exceptionally quickly. Practitioners will often work with patients who can benefit from the principles of more than one treatment intervention, this can lead to a ‘scatter shot’ approach to treatment. To avoid this, practitioners must be able to identify the right blend of theory and technique in a logical and progressive manner.  To do this effectively and without clinical drift, Low Intensity practitioners are required to come ‘back to basics’ with a deep understanding of the core principles of this approach and an understanding of how formulation-led treatment planning can support the identification of the right intervention at the right time. 

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


This webinar will consider the elements that add up to create an effective low intensity psychological intervention. We will examine the ‘active ingredients’ of Low Intensity interventions that include the balance of common and specific factor skills, the role of problem identification and formulation, as well as the use of different theoretical packets and change methods. Using case studies we will examine how these skills can combine to provide an effective and person-centred intervention without drift and with fidelity to the model and method.
This workshop will place an emphasis on an effective assessment process as well as the practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of the common mental health disorders and the theory that underpins the Low Intensity treatment interventions. We will query how reliant an effective practitioner is on pre-determined, manualised courses of treatment and how supervision and clinical judgement can play a safe and effective role in a course of treatment.

Learning Objectives

• Revision of the core skills that combine to inform effective intervention choice
• Matching the intervention to the problem – a reminder of the role of formulation
• Reflective prompts to evaluate your own practice

Training Modalities

Didactic content, Q&A, polls, case illustration.

Key References

Myles-Hooton,P. 2020. Low-Intensity CBT Assessment: Unlocking the Key to Successful Intervention. In Farrand, P. (ed). 2020. Low-Intensity CBT Skills and Interventions. Sage.

Kuroda N., Burkey MD., Wissow LS. 2021. Discovering Common Elements of Empirically Supported Self-Help Interventions for Depression in Primary Care: a Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. Apr;36(4):869-880. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06449-y

Shafran, R., Myles-Hooton,P., Bennett, S., Öst, L-G. 2021. The concept and definition of low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 138.

About the presenter

Liz Ruth is an Assistant Professor and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner course leader at the University of Bradford. She trained as a Low Intensity Psychological Practitioner at the University of Sheffield in 2010 and practiced as a PWP, Senior and Lead PWP in IAPT for more than a decade before transitioning into education. Elizabeth is the author of and co-author of A Pragmatic Guide to Low Intensity Psychological Interventions: Care in High Volume (2023).

Who should attend

This webinar is designed to be of interest to any practitioner of a low intensity psychological intervention modality and to supervisors of these modalities. This webinar may be of less interest to trainees as it is designed to prompt reflection for advancing practice after qualification, but any interested trainee practitioners are welcome.

Low Intensity clinical contact hours survey - BABCP Low Intensity Special Interest Group

Please click below if you are interested in contributing to the survey.


The BACP Low Intensity SIG are interested in the impact of clinical contact hours on Low Intensity/Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing. This questionnaire contains six multi-choice questions and a free text box for you to share your experiences. The answers to these questions will help the BABCP SIG plan how to meet CPD topics and other developments within the SIG.  The SIG hope to produce a write up of the answers to this questionnaire to be shared with SIG members and to be used in training.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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