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The University of Southampton

CBT for clinical perfectionism Event

1 May 2013
De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1AG

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

Event details

"Clinical perfectionism" is a highly specific construct designed to capture the type of perfectionism that can often pose problems in routine therapeutic practice. The core psychopathology of clinical perfectionism is an over evaluation of achievement and striving that causes significant adverse consequences.

Clinical perfectionism has been implicated in the maintenance of psychopathology, in particular eating disorders. A specific cognitive-behavioural intervention has been developed by the Oxford Eating Disorders Research Group for the treatment of clinical perfectionism in Axis I disorders including eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression. The intervention has been positively evaluated in a small randomized controlled trial and is part of a broad CBT intervention for eating disorders. The workshop is aimed at intermediate-advanced cognitive-behaviour therapists. It will provide a cognitive-behavioural analysis of clinical perfectionism and the factors that contribute to its maintenance. Relevant research literature and current evidence-base for interventions will be provided.

By the end of the day, participants will learn how to assess clinical perfectionism and determine when it may warrant a specific intervention. They will also be familiar with relevant cognitive-behavioural strategies. The workshop will be interactive and include both experiential and didactic teaching and videos. Participants will have a chance to discuss their own cases.

Workshop costs

The cost is £120 per full day’s workshop with concessions of £100 for students and £110 for participants who attend two or more different workshops. The cost includes refreshments and lunch, handouts, certificates of attendance and an opportunity to evaluate your training.

Roz Shafran

Speaker information

Roz Shafran,is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading and founder of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment. Her career has focused on the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders and perfectionism within a cognitive behavioural framework. Most recently, she has focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological treatments. She is the scientific co-chair of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and former associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy. She has provided training nationally and internationally in a range of areas including the treatment of eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, perfectionism and behavioural experiments.

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