Assessment and Conceptualisation in CBT – workshop with Daniel Mirea, MSc, BABCP

Daniel Mirea, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist

Effective assessment and case formulation is not only the starting point but the heart of the treatment plan in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH).

In a recent survey 1 in 6 adults had experienced some form of ‘neurotic health problem’ in the previous week – yet effective psychological treatments do exist for many of these mental health problems.
In order to prescribe the correct psychological treatment, however, knowledge of basic psychopathology is required as well as good assessment and conceptualisation skills. In addition, conducting a risk and protective factors assessment is a vital aspect of the initial meeting with a client or patient.

Assessing and case formulation (also known as case conceptualisation) is therefore the most fundamental part of treatment in cognitive behavioural therapy. The cognitive-behavioural assessment is based on simple principles with clearly defined aims. The central principle of the model is the concept that the ways in which an individual behaves are determined by situations faced and the individual’s interpretations of these; this notion would therefore constitute the main focus of the assessment, with an emphasis on the specific details (such as maintaining factors) of a presenting problem rather that the more global aspect of it. Because the model has its basis in experimental methods, the earlier sessions are used to devise an initial formulation and treatment plan. Thus the principle aim of the assessment is to derive a preliminary case formulation which will form the basis for the future treatment plan.

This one-day workshop will explore and uncover fundamental skills in the CBT/CBH approach. The workshop offers a brief introduction to CBT theory with the aim of teaching participants the CBT skills of assessing clients and producing CBT formulations of their problems.

The workshop focuses on practical clinical skills through improvised role-play. The workshop facilitator will enact interventions with clients, leading workshop participants through the stages of assessment to produce a CBT formulation for the client (or patient). The format of the workshops will be a mixture of taught sessions, large and small group work, and skills practice.

The workshop is experiential and will focus on acquisition of assessment, formulation, engagement and planning competencies through case-based learning.

What this workshop will do for you:

The training covers a wide range of CBT topics from introductory through to advanced. The combination of lecture, case studies (video/audio analysis) and role play significantly develops skills and knowledge of CBT techniques and provides an effective and cost-efficient investment in your professional development.

This training will provide a CPD Certificate (12 hours) signed by a senior BABCP accredited psychotherapist and lecturer as well as by the Principal of the College.

Learning objectives:

  • Trainees will receive an in-depth introduction in CBT assessments and case formulations (or case conceptualisations) as well as treatment planning using the most reliable bio-psycho-social models (working models or vicious cycles) for clients suffering from a range of common mental health problems (such as depression and/or specific anxiety disorders).
  • You will be able to understand the assessment and the main working models (or vicious cycles) of the most common mental health disorders, likely to present in your therapy room. For example, understanding the factors that maintain an anxiety disorder such as: the misinterpretation of situations; catastrophizing; paying too much attention to physical sensations; the misinterpretation of normal ‘internal symptoms’; an avoidance of situations that are likely to lead to anxiety; reliance on a range of safety-seeking behaviours, etc.
  • By the end of the course you will be able to conduct a risk and protective factors assessment.
  • You will understand the difference between ‘case-formulation approaches’ and ‘disorder-focused approaches’, based on evidence based protocols.
  • You will gain experience in engaging the client in this process, assessing their coping strategies and helping them to articulate what they would like to gain from an intervention.
  • You will learn how to engage the client in the case formulation so that it becomes a “collaborative conceptualisation”
  • You will also gain experience in formulating and agreeing on a psychological treatment plan with the client – and how to conduct this so as to optimise participation and adherence.
  • You will also gain experience in writing a comprehensive CBT assessment report.
  • You will understand the self-report measures of commonly used at the assessment stage.

“An essential workshop for anyone new to clinical work. Informative and well-delivered by a very enthusiastic and knowledgable teacher. Highly recommend.”

Kevan Laybourne

“I would recommend this workshop to anyone who would like to sharpen their case formulation and assessment skills. Daniel has helped bridge the gap between knowledge and application.”

Tracy Herringer

“A workshop taught with insight, sensitivity and humour.”

Rachel Church-Moore

About Daniel Mirea

Daniel Mirea is a senior psychotherapist and lecturer  who trained in all aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Mindfulness, Hypno-CBT and EMDR) 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. He is a director of a private mental heath services provider and also manages his own private practice; Daniel is an experienced consultant clinical supervisor within the South-East London trust and a CBT course leader with NSPC - Midddlesex University and Regents University. He has a particular interest in integrating hypnosis with CBT in the context of trans-diagnostic approaches.

Read more about Daniel here.

Fee: £145

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Terms & Conditions

Course Cancellations:
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Deposits (or deposit equivalent fees) are non-refundable. Payment in full includes a deposit equivalent fee of £175 for single courses and £450 for the diploma (or £290 deposit for the Diploma 12 month payment plan).

The following cancellation fees apply to course cancellation, received in writing:

  • Less than seven days before the course starts: full payment of the course is due. No refund is given for fees paid.
  • Seven to 14 days before the course starts: 50% of the course fees will be due.
  • More than 14 days before the course starts: full refund (less the non-refundable deposit) will be made.

Workshop fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If the course is cancelled by the College, we will refund all fees paid but will not be liable for any additional or related costs incurred by students.

Non-attendance of a course or workshop is considered as a cancellation with no notice and hence full course fees are due and no refund given.

Acceptance onto the course and ongoing attendance of each stage of the course is at the discretion of the College.

Course Transfer Fees:
Once your deposit is made you are registered with your chosen dates for each stage. Each course date can be transferred to a future date with a fee of £175 per course with notice more than 14 days before the course commends and a fee of £300 per course with less than 14 days notice.

Our Course Satisfaction Guarantee:
If you decide at any point during the first 48 hours that the course is not suitable for you, then we will refund the full amount paid for the course less £200 (£175 deposit plus a small administrative fee).

Student responsibility:
Students are responsible for notifying us of any mental or physical health problems that might affect their ability to participate on the course. This course may not be suitable for people with a history of psychotic disorders or other psychiatric conditions.