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A one day workshop with leading clinician and researcher Dr Assen Alladin, PhD.


Psychological Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Monday 16th November 2015, London

Dr Assen Alladin
Dr Assen Alladin

with Dr Assen Alladin
Clinical Psychologist/Adjunct Associate  Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Calgary University Medical School
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

IBS affects 7-20% of adults yearly. However, these figures are an underestimation as the majority of individuals with IBS do not seek treatment. Nevertheless the number of IBS patients who seek medical help consumes expensive medical investigations, 2% of adult primary care visits and approximately half of a gastroenterologist’s practice. Although the cause of IBS is not clearly delineated, it is well-known that the condition involves multiple factors in the exacerbation and maintenance of the condition, including affect, arousal, cognition, behavior, and psychodynamics. Moreover, IBS is compounded by psychological disorders as anxiety disorders and depression. The Workshop will:

  • Examine the interaction among the five factors in the understanding and treatment of IBS.
  • Describe in detail various psychological and dietary strategies that have been found to be effective in the management of IBS.
  • Discuss the importance of addressing comorbid psychological disorders.
  • Demonstrate live most of the treatment strategies described.

The Workshop will consist of lectures, didactic instruction, discussions, demonstrations, “socratic dialogue”, and “experiential” learning. The attendees will also have an opportunity to work in pairs to try out some of the strategies and techniques covered. Moreover, attendees will be required to complete the Cognitive Restructuring Form to practice restructuring of dysfunctional cognitions.

About Dr Assen Alladin

Dr. Assen Alladin is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary Medical School. He has been practicing and teaching hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and clinical psychology for over 30 years, and he is the 2005 recipient of the Best Research Paper from Division 30 of the American Psychological Association. Dr Alladin can rightly be called one of the “leading lights” of modern hypnotherapy. He has published four books on evidence-based hypnotherapy… Read More

Dates: Monday November 16th 2015