Integrative CBT for depression part 1
According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 4 individuals will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of 12 months with mixed anxiety and depression being the most common disorders in UK. Depression affects 1 in 5 older people, and suicide rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women.
Integrative CBT for depression is a multi-modal, theoretically coherent but technically eclectic model. The two days allocated to this course will cover the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression, low mood and suicidality, through an experiential and fun workshop.
The depression training programme consists of two parts. At the end of part one (two-days), trainees should expect to learn:
- How to conceptualize depressed clients, plan a psychological treatment based on an individualised conceptualisation (i.e. the case formulation for depression).
- How to use empathy, compassion and expert knowledge in order to establish a therapeutic relationship and instil hope.
- How to motivate clients to complete homework, modify their maladaptive thinking and behavior, and solve problems on their own.
- How to elicit and respond to clients’ feedback, measure progress, and prevent a relapse.
The training will also focus on identifying and assessing suicidal clients, implementing specific strategies for preventing and managing suicidal crises, other ethical and competency issues.
The course would also cover recent advances in CBT such as imagery-based approaches, in particular mindfulness, compassion and Hypno-CBT but a more detailed application would be reserved for Depression Part 2.
Daniel Mirea is a senior psychotherapist and lecturer who is trained in all aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a career of more than 25 years in the mental health field. He is an accredited practitioner with both BABCP and UKCP, a fellow alumnus of King’s College and a senior associate at The Royal Medical Society.