Part of the
School's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event series, the symposium was
led by Dr Warren Mansell, a reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of
focused on the Method of Levels, a new transdiagnostic approach to CBT and
psychotherapy, and how health care professionals can use this method to improve
and develop their own practices.
workshop is new for people and challenges assumptions about how to work with
mental health problems, which methods to use and how to understand them," says
has been involved in CBT research since beginning his DPhil at the University
of Oxford in 1994. He is the recipient of the British Psychological Society's
2011 May Davidson Award for
his contribution to clinical psychology.
involved demonstrations by Dr Mansell, small group discussions, audio and video
clip screenings, and learning exercises. Attendees also had the chance to share
and discuss their own experiences and issues with practicing CBT.
important to get the latest findings and techniques to the people who need to
use them. I think a good proportion of people will start using this method. We
are still a long way away, but every step counts. This method could be a revolution,"
says Dr Mansell.
A range of
practicing mental health professionals and trainees from different institutions
attended the workshop.
"I wanted to
come to something that was on unfamiliar rather than familiar therapy, but a
lot of what we are talking about is fundamental to all kinds of therapy,"
comments Chris Lewis, CBT therapist at IAPT Waltham Forest and self-employed
"I think it's
a really good workshop for building on our competencies and existing skills. I
think this will enhance my practice when I leave today," says Oliver Schauman,
trainee clinical psychologist at Royal Holloway University.
The event was
also attended by LSBU trainees, including Bryn Williams, a trainee CBT
therapist doing a postgraduate diploma at LSBU, who found the workshop "very
informative and eye-opening."
workshop in LSBU's CPD series will be Metacognitive Therapy & OCD