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In this podcast, CPD Online Deputy Editor Dr Howard Ryland talks to Dr Peter Hughes about his experience of working in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. They discuss what comparisons can be drawn between Ebola and COVID-19 and examine the lessons we can learn from the psychosocial response seen in West Africa – from the perspective of patients, healthcare workers and wider society. More...
4/28/2020 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
Is it ever appropriate for therapists to talk about themselves with clients? Could it even be beneficial? Therapist self-disclosure is a topic infrequently discussed and researched, but one study showed that over 90% of therapists do self-disclose to some extent. In this podcast, Raj Persaud talks to clinical psychologist Anna Ruddle about the potential advantages of therapist self-disclosure. More...
11/5/2015 | Download
The assumption that therapy should always be long term has been challenged repeatedly over the past 25 years, but single-session integrated CBT (SSI-CBT) has become associated in many therapists' minds with being money driven and poor quality. Professor Windy Dryden offers a unique perspective on CBT and advocates an integrated approach to single-session therapy. Here he talks to Raj Persaud about the technique and the evidence for its effectiveness. More...
4/16/2015 | Download
Dr Raj Persaud talks to Wesley Turner and Leanne Casey, who have conducted a meta-analysis of outcomes associated with clinical virtual reality randomised controlled trials. More...
12/23/2014 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
In this second interview with Dr Gwen Adshead, she discusses her recently published paper on the role of mentalisation in the management of violence. More...
3/28/2013 | Download
In this podcast, Dr Gwen Adshead discusses the concept of mentalisation and the role of psychological therapies in changing the mind. She argues that mentalisation-based therapies can be applied to even the most complex psychological disorders as they work to alter the underlying neuronal structures in the brain. More...
2/26/2013 | Download
Dr Andreas Schröder talks to Dr Steven Moylan about the prevalence of functional somatic syndromes and the issues that currently exist with their diagnosis and treatment. He discusses the results of his recently published study, which indicate that a cognitive-behavioural group treatment is effective in the management of such syndromes. More...
7/4/2012 | Download
Abreaction, or the ‘drug interview', was a relatively common therapeutic intervention in psychiatry in the middle to late 20th century. It is far less commonly practiced now, though there has been little investigation or understanding of why this decline in practice occurred. Dr Norman Poole and colleagues investigated the published English language reports on the process as applied to conversion disorder, and found that the reasons for its declining use were certainly not due to lack of evidence for its effectiveness. More...
9/2/2010 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
In this podcast, Professor Simon Gowers gives an overview of the different psychological therapies available for children and adolescents with eating disorders, discussing in some detail family therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. More...
9/7/2009 | Download
In this telephone interview, Dr Rose McCabe discusses the importance of communication for the therapeutic relationship, the role of communication among non-specific effects and she describes how we can go about improving communication in the therapeutic setting as a means to improving patient outcome. More...
3/27/2009 | Download
In this podcast, Dr Daniel Freeman gives an introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach for dealing with paranoid thoughts. More...
2/11/2009 | Download
Dr Quinton Deeley talks about the skills and abilities involved in empathy and which psychiatric disorders are most closely linked to it. More...
12/19/2006 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.75 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
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