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The University of Southampton

Use of the Cognitive Therapy Scale (CTS-R) as a supervision tool. Master class Event

09:30 - 16:30
25 April 2012
University of Southampton Building 2, Lecture theatre L - Room 1035

For more information regarding this event, please telephone 02380 593578 or email .

Event details

The CTS-R is the most commonly used tool to gauge CBT therapist competency.

This workshop is a master class for any who want to improve their knowledge and skill in using this supervision tool, including increasing reliability and consistency. Prior knowledge and skill will be assumed so you must therefore have had some experience in its use to attend. The day will be interactive, and there will be opportunity to observe and participate in scoring a therapy session

The Cognitive Therapy Scale - Revised, used in the context of on-going qualified practice, can give us a tool to review not only our overall levels of skill, but to formulate links between different skills and to conceptualise how the client-therapist interaction is in a dynamic relationship with therapist skill. The workshop will focus on these aspects of the use of the scale in qualified CBT practice.

The workshop will start by revisiting some CTS-R basics: a reminder for the rusty. Then it will demonstrate how to generate a CTSR profile: not just an overall score. This will help indicate where the strengths of a session or general practice lie, and which aspects need improving. The session will then help understand the profile, to know under what conditions certain skills flourish, while others wane?

The current format of the scale suggests that competent CBT results from the competent delivery of twelve therapeutic skills, each of equivalent function. It might prove useful, however, to differentiate the therapeutic behaviours addressed by the scale (Agenda Setting, Feeding Back, Elicitation of Emotion, Behaviour and Cognition, Deployment of Change Methods, homework setting) and the therapeutic manner of their use (that they should be Collaboratively used, Timely & Well-Paced, Interpersonally Effective, characterised by a Guiding approach, and Conceptually Integrated). The workshop will give attendees an opportunity to explore a new grid format designed to enable practitioners to explore the relationships between these dimensions of therapy using familiar constructs in a new way.

Speaker information

Peter Armstrong,is a cognitive therapist, trainer and supervisor, developing and delivering programmes from foundation to expert level to colleagues over a considerable range of professions across the UK and Ireland. He has regularly presented papers and workshops at conferences of the British, European, and World associations of CBT. He continues in regular clinical practice, assessing and treating clients, supervising other cognitive therapists, and supporting others’ supervision.

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