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Making sessions more active: Behavioural Experiments

Emma Warnock-Parkes

30 Nov 2023


Behavioural experiments are a powerful route to cognitive change.  Effective CBT is more of a doing than a talking therapy.   We use behavioural experiments across disorders to test patients’ negative thoughts and fears, to make important discoveries and to feel this learning sink in emotionally. This brief session will cover the basics of experiments and beyond.  Therapists will develop a personal action plan to help make their therapy more active.

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


This training will cover:
• How to set up and carry out a collaborative behavioural experiment
• How to enhance outcomes from behavioural experiments.
• How to spot and overcome common roadblocks and challenges.
• How to keep remotely delivered treatments active.

There will be therapy demonstrations to watch and exercises to try.

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
• How to plan behavioural experiments with patients
• How to consolidate and build on learning from experiments
• How to spot and overcome common roadblocks and practical challenges
• How to keep remotely delivered treatment active

Training Modalities

Didactic content, experiential components, polls, Q&A.

Key References

Video demonstrations of behavioural experiments delivered both in person and remotely are freely available at

Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackman, A., Mueller, M., & Westbrook, D. (Eds). (2004). Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Murray, H., Kerr, A., Warnock-Parkes., Wild, J., Grey, N., Clark, D., & Ehlers, A. (2022). What do others think? The why, when and how of using surveys in CBT. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 15, E42.

Warnock-Parkes E., Wild, J., Thew, G.R., Ker,r A., Grey, N., Stott, R., Ehlers, A., & Clark, D.M. (2020) Treating social anxiety disorder remotely with cognitive therapy. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist 16;13:e30.

Warnock-Parkes, E., Wild, J., Stott, R., Grey, N., Ehlers, A., & Clark, D.M. (2017) Seeing Is Believing: Using Video Feedback in Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive Behavioural Practice, 24(2):245-255.

About the presenter

Emma Warnock-Parkes is a Clinical Psychologist and CBT researcher, teacher and supervisor at the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma. Emma works alongside Professors David Clark and Anke Ehlers developing and disseminating cognitive therapy treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Emma’s current research is focused on how to maximise CBT outcomes, including identifying the most effective components of behavioural experiments.

Who should attend

This webinar is most suitable for any CBT practitioner looking to make their therapy more active.

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