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Socratic Questioning Workshop

This one-day workshop provides experiential training on Socratic Questioning

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

Socratic Questioning is a psychotherapeutic key tool for both understanding a client’s perceptions and subsequently helping them to change them.

Described by Padesky as “the cornerstone of cognitive therapy” it was first given centre stage psychotherapeutically by Adler in the early 20th century, who in turn greatly influenced Carl Rogers. The technique has also been compared to the characteristics of Circular Questioning used in Family Therapy and has been utilised within the personal coaching field.

As a result, it is a key skill for all therapists (CBT and otherwise) to develop. It enables both therapist and client to engage in the process of “guided discovery” to make sense of the client’s internal and external world which they have the knowledge to answer. As a result the client initiates their own perceptual and cognitive changes.

The technique is especially useful in assessment and formulation, changing unhelpful cognitions, exploring new ways of thinking about things, problem solving and devising behavioural experiments. It also acts as a useful counter balance to any therapist tendencies towards “psycho-bulldozing” (Westbrook 2007). It helps develop therapist skill both in making no assumptions whatsoever about the client’s experience (until the client has told you) and fine-tuning the therapist’s curiosity about the client’s view of things.

This workshop provides both an outline of what Socratic Questioning is, along with a preliminary structure (CARPIS Questions) for using it. It will give delegates ample opportunity to observe it being used as well as practicing it themselves. Delegates will also receive gentle feedback on how to fine tune their skills further and develop their newly discovered expertise after the course.

Issues covered include:

  • What is Socratic Questioning and what can it offer to therapist and client
  • The use of CARPIS Questions
  • Using Socratic Questioning in problem formulation
  • Key “Dos” and “Don’ts” in Socratic Questioning
  • Socratic Questioning and challenging NATs
  • Using Socratic Questioning in Problem Solving and alternative Perspectives and Outcomes

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

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) 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: £160 + VAT (£192).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on the day.

To book an Evidenced Reading Module for this course: Click Here

Additional Components of the Diploma:

Evidenced Reading Hours


Recommended Viewing:

Socratic Questioning (Essential CBT Skills Series) - 4 DVD Set - 4 CPD Hours

Despite its origins being nearly 2500 years old, Socratic Questioning (SQ) in therapy generally and specifically in CBT remains somewhat a mystery to many practitioners. SQ is based on the practice of disciplined and thoughtful dialogue that, on the first sight, appears simple, but in fact – is intensely rigorous. Despite lots of references to SQ as a cornerstone of cognitive therapy (C.Padesky, 1993), there is very little, almost nothing, written about it and how to conduct it. This DVD set is an attempt to give practitioners clear explanation of SQ process and guidance about its use.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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Course Outline:


Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not being eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

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 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. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.

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.

(The British Psychological Society)
15 MAY 2015
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(The British Psychological Society)
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