BABCP Spring Workshops and Conference

Living with Uncertainty

16th to 17th April, 2020

King’s College London, Franklin Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 8WA

Download: Spring Workshops and Conference Programme [PDF]

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Some uncertainty is part of everyday life. Being able to tolerate uncertainty is critical for well-being and ‘Intolerance of Uncertainty’ (IU) is now recognised as a core transdiagnostic factor related to a number of different mental health difficulties. In addition, specific shared and individual life events can present extreme challenges and threaten our basic expectations of the future.

The 2020 BABCP Spring Conference and Workshops will focus on understanding how and why uncertainty is a risk factor for mental health difficulties and the impact of uncertainty in the context of specific adversities.

In this Spring conference we will bring together international and national clinical and research experts to share well-established and new CBT models and therapeutic innovations that will help individuals, families and groups overcome, manage, and ultimately thrive, in the context of ongoing uncertainty.

Registration will take place on the ground floor of the Franklin Wilkins Building as follows:

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Full Day Workshops

16th April

Conference Programme

17th April

Keynote Addresses

  • Old and New Uncertainties About Intolerance of Uncertainty

    Mark Freeston, University of Newcastle

  • What’s up Doc? Formulation Based Transdiagnostic CBT for Persistent Physical Problems

    Professor Trudie Chalder, King’s College London

Symposium 1

The Possibility of Meaningful Change in the Face of Uncertainty Associated with Having a Long-term Condition or Medically Unexplained Symptom

Chair: Trudie Chalder, King’s College London
Discussant: Mark Freeston, Newcastle University

  • Integrated but Brief Intervention for Patients with Persistent Physical Symptoms: Results of a Feasibility Cluster Randomised Trial in Primary Care

    Meenal Patel, King’s College London

  • A Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioural Approach for Persistent Physical Symptoms; Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial in Secondary Care.

    Trudie Chalder, King’s College London

  • Outcomes from IAPT services in the North of England. How Certain Are We That We Can Make a Difference?

    Steve Kellett, University of Sheffield

  • The Relationship Between Uncertainty, Fatigue, Distress and Quality of Life Transdiagnostically in Long Term Conditions.

    Serena McGuiness, King’s College London

Symposium 2

Parental Uncertainty: CBT Approaches to Working with Parents of Children with Complex Physical Problems

Convenors: Anna Coughtrey and Sophie Bennett, Institute of Child Health

  • Constructing a Biopsychosocial Formulation for Chronic Pain Management with Patients and Their Families.

    Christina Liossi, University of Southampton

  • A Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Working with Paediatric Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

    Eve McAllister, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS) in Parents of Children with Food Allergy

    Judith Young, University of East Anglia

  • Supporting Parents to Manage Uncertainty Around Life Changing Medical Conditions in Children and Young People.

    Hedy van Oers, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

For registration information,
please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1243 775561
Fax: +44 (0) 1243 776738


King's College London
Franklin Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street

For conference queries please contact:

Janine Turner Conference Administrator