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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy introduction - tools and strategies
14 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy introduction - tools and strategies

March 14, 2019


Presentation handout from Dr Jody Walshe



Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) focuses on the role that thoughts play in regard to both emotions and behaviour, and advocates that change in thought processes can have a significant effect upon altering behaviours.  This is a goal-orientated and specific approach which often results in positive and meaningful change in a short period of time.  A range of evidence indicates that CBT is an effective intervention for supporting young people with a range of difficulties.


In this one day course, delegates will explore key CBT tools, strategies and opportunities to practice and apply these to case studies.  Delegates will gain knowledge of a range of CBT tools and strategies and how these can be used to support with individuals, small groups and a whole class.  We will also develop an understanding of using these tools to target not only those experiencing difficulties but also as a preventative approach to build resilience.


Key elements:

- Restructuring thought processes

- ABC (the CBT approach breaks a particular problem into three smaller parts: the activating event, negative beliefs, the consequences)

- Core beliefs


In this seminar Dr Jody Walshe will endeavour to meet the following objectives with delegates:

  • To outline the theory and principles understanding the cognitive model
  • To apply the cognitive model using case studies
  • To consider rationale, process and key considerations when setting CBT homework tasks
  • To enable delegates to practice key tools and strategies
  • To take away a set of resources and tools for use in the school/support context.


Programme and timings:

10 – 10:30       Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30               Welcome and Introduction

10:35               Session 1 – The cognitive model: theory, principles and what this looks like when working with young people. 

11:30               Tea/Coffee

11:45               Session 2 – Core beliefs and restructuring thought processes: using case studies to explore key aspects of CBT thinking. 

12:45               Lunch

13:30               Session 3 – Building the toolkit: key tools and strategies.  How to apply CBT approaches with confidence and competence.

14:30               Tea/Coffee

14:45               Session 4 – Using CBT approaches at individual, small group and a whole school level.

15:30               Close



Speaker: Dr Jody Walshe

Dr Jody Walshe is an Educational and Child Psychologist working in an outer London borough. Jody completed her doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London.  She is also a Consultant Psychologist providing consultations for foster carers and supervising social workers with the Compass Community as part of their REACH approach. She is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council. Jody also delivers teaching to the students on the University of East London Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme.

Before commencing her training in Educational Psychology Jody worked as a teacher, learning support assistant and tutor with young people from 5-19.  The focus of much of her work looked at anxiety and mental health issues in school settings.  Her doctoral research explored the experiences, perceptions and training needs of secondary school staff working with self-harm.

Jody presents on a wide range of subjects, recent topics for speaking engagements include: CBT, techniques to support the emotional development of children and young people, staff resilience and well-being, self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment in the classroom, self-esteem and staying safe online.

Jody has co-authored Understanding and Prevention Self-Harm in Schools: Effective Strategies for Identifying Risk & Providing Support (2017) with Dr Tina Rae and The Essential Guide To Mindfulness With Young People (2017) with Dr Tina Rae and Dr Jo Wood.




Venue: Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX

Cost: Member = £210 / Non-member = £260


Royal Russell School, Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX, United Kingdom