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Working with Bipolar Disorder (2 days)

The course covers conceptualisations of Bipolar Disorder from a cognitive perspective, with theories of its development, maintenance and practical CBT interventions for addressing psychotic behaviour. CBT is a NICE recommended supplemental intervention for working with clients suffering from bipolar disorder, and its principles have recently been personally endorsed by sufferer Stephen Fry.

Issues covered include:

  • A cognitive approach to bipolar disorder
  • Lam’s and Reiser’s cognitive behavioural models of bipolar disorder
  • Developing a collaborative approach with bipolar clients through the use of Socratic Questioning
  • The role of psycho-education and bipolar disorder
  • Cognitive strategies for addressing thinking errors in bipolar disorder
  • The key role of problem solving for environment management and establishing stable routines
  • Addressing sleep issues within bipolar disorder
  • Increasing client medication compliance through CBT
  • The use of Activity Scheduling with Bipolar Disorder
  • Developing a relapse prevention programme for Bipolar through mood and activity levels monitoring

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

Paul is registered with the HPC, an 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 a founder and Director of SDS Training Company and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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