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CBT for Bipolar Disorder

A Masterclass


With Dr Thomas Richardson

supported by Dr Fiona Kennedy

*small-group *interactive *online

September 14th and 15th 2023 or watch on-demand

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Applying CBT and third-wave approaches to address the underlying issues, help relapse prevention and quality of life in bipolar

A two – day online, interactive and practical workshop or watch later

Do you work with bipolar disorder but are looking to increase your skills? Or are you new to work with bipolar? This course will give you a masterclass on conducting effective therapy with this group.

This course will help you to better understand and formulate the psychological mechanisms of bipolar, underlining the role that factors such as high standards and positive beliefs about mania play in mood swings.

The course will go into detail on specific, practical techniques for relapse prevention, working on acute mood changes, and addressing underlying issues which increase vulnerability



The psychological mechanisms of bipolar are often poorly understood, leading to both service users and clinicians being unsure how to work with specific issues

What You Will Learn

  • Diagnostic criteria and epidemiology of bipolar

  • The psychological mechanisms of bipolar such as perfectionism, over optimistic thinking and self-esteem fluctuations

  • How to formulate both depression and mania using the Integrative Cognitive Model

  • Specific CBT techniques for relapse prevention

  • An overview of group based interventions

  • Skills for working with specific issues which can arise in bipolar such as sleep difficulties, substance use and enjoying mania

  • Working psychologically with acute mood episodes

  • The use of third wave techniques to improve recovery and quality of life

  • Working with underlying issues which fuel mood swings such as dysfunctional assumptions, and considerations for trauma work within this group


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Who will benefit from this course?

Any CBT/third wave therapists or practitioner psychologists will benefit from working with this course. This course is designed as a masterclass for those who already have experience working with bipolar, but will also be useful for those with limited experience and those new to working with this group.


Learning methods

Presentation, videos to describe expert by experience voices, interactive role plays to help with formulation and specific issues which may arise


Take Aways

  • Detailed handouts from the slides of the models and techniques.

  • Measures and formulation templates

  • Example relapse prevention plans and templates

Your Trainer

Dr. Thomas Richardson is a clinical psychologist and BABCP accredited CBT therapist. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. He leads the University’s teaching on CBT for bipolar disorder for the diploma in CBT. He also leads several research projects, in the psychological mechanisms of bipolar and in treatment for bipolar.

He is a network member of the international professional organisation CrestBD. He is a member of the clinical advisory panel and bipolar commission for Bipolar UK and has co-written several reports with them. He is also a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders’ psychological therapies task force. He is currently editing the book  “Psychological Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook of Evidence-Based and Emerging Approaches”, due for release by Springer in late 2023.

Tom also has lived experience of bipolar disorder and draws upon this in his training workshops.

Dr Fiona Kennedy is Director of GreenWood Mentors Ltd and will facilitate questions and interaction with the small group audience


Dates and times

September 14th and 15th 2023, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm UK time, or watch on-demand

all folks who buy a ticket will also receive the recording of the event



Online only


Individual ticket Early Bird £180 Later Bird £200

Group ticket (up to 5 people) Early Bird £450, Later Bird £550

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*if you require an invoice for your organisation please e mail drkennedy@greenwoodmentors.com to purchase your ticket*


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