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Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (2 days)

The 2 days cover issues of definition, co-morbidity, how GAD develops, three theories of GAD (Borkovec, Ladouceur and Wells) assessment and formulation, along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to GAD.

Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Approved by the British Psychological Society.

At present 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety. The most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey reports that there are 6 million people in the UK suffering with these problems: approximately 3 million with depression as their primary problem and 3 million with an anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder was the most commonly identified common mental health disorder in 2014, followed by depressive episodes. The absolute numbers of both have been increasing exponentially in the last years.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a most common anxiety condition, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more prevalent in people from the ages of 35 to 59.

NICE guidelines for Generalized anxiety disorder(Last revised in October 2017) recommend low- and high-intensity CBT as a treatment of choice for GAD.

Issues covered include:

  • Definition of GAD, associated problems and differentiation from OCD and phobic reactions
  • Introduction to 3 models of GAD
  • Cognitive Avoidance Model (Borkevec)
  • Uncertainty Intolerance Model (Ladouceur)
  • Metacognitive theory (Wells)
  • Common pitfalls in working with GAD
  • Addressing issues of affect avoidance
  • Increasing curiosity and cognitive flexibility
  • The use of Socratic Questioning and Behavioural Experiments to address clients’ beliefs in “the need to worry”
  • The use of “Attentional Training” with GAD
  • Helping clients to distinguish between soluble and insoluble problems

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £275 + VAT (£330) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £290 + VAT (£348).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours on the day.

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Additional Components of the Diploma:

Assessed Case Formulation

Evidenced Reading Hours


Recommended Viewing:

Mixed Anxiety and Depression: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach - 1 CPD Hour

Clients seeking psychotherapy frequently suffer from both anxiety and depression, making treatment particularly challenging. In this video, internationally renowned therapist Donald Meichenbaum demonstrates a brief, effective approach for treating these comorbid disorders. Viewers follow a dramatic recreation of key moments in his 12-session course of therapy with Anna P., a 40-year-old woman who experiences recurrent bouts of panic in addition to a long history of depression.

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Recommended Listening:

Mindfulness–Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression & Anxiety - 8 Audio CD

This 2 day detailed seminar covers: the structure of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and the core therapeutic tasks that accompany each of its 8 established sessions; three forms of mindfulness training: The Body Scan, Mindfulness of the Breath, Three Minute Breathing Space; the body’s role as a vital terminus for greeting and working with our emotions; using the breath as an anchor when turning towards difficult or unpleasant aspects of our experience; recognizing when our minds are on automatic pilot and how this cognitive motor drives rumination and worry throughout the day.

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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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CBT Diploma Modules
CBT: Introductory Course
(3 days course)
Approved by the British Psychological Society.
Case Formulation
(Online Course)
Behavioural Experiments
(Online Course)
Working with Depression
(1 day course)
Working with Phobias
(1 day course)
CBT for Couples
(2 days course)
CBT for Working with PTSD
(2 days course)
Using CBT Supervision
(Online Course)
Running CBT Groups
(Online Course)
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