BABCP London Branch - Cyberchondria: Fuelling Anxiety Through Surfing The Web, Social Media Use And News Consumption

Presented by Professor Marcantonio Spada
Wednesday 2 December 2020 | 9.30AM - 11.30AM
BABCP, Imperial House, BURY, Greater Manchester, BL9 5BN

About the event

The BABCP London Branch are delighted to announce that Professor Marcantonio Spada will be presenting this virtual event. This is a participative workshop being held on Zoom.  Once you have registered you will be sent instructions on joining the Zoom meeting. 

Cyberchondria is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptoms based on the perseverative review of search results and literature online. We can all fall prey to cyberchondriac behaviour especially in the midst of a pandemic.

An increasing number of CBT practitioners are working with clients presenting with Cyberchondriac features. This virtual event will present a novel model for conceptualising cyberchondria, a variant of health anxiety, and introduce basic treatment techniques to help clients tackle this behaviour, including (1) postponement of engagement in cyberchondriac behaviour; (2) detached mindfulness and attention training; and (3) restructuring of metacognitive beliefs. Tips on building health awareness protocols will also be discussed.



In this workshop Professor Spada will: (1) outline how to identify cyberchondriac behaviour (including tell-tale signs); (2) review the detrimental impact of this behaviour on physical and mental functioning; and (3) present basic treatment techniques to help clients overcome this behaviour.




1. To understand the nature of Cyberchondria and be able to differentiate this behaviour from health anxiety and OCD.


2. To conceptualise Cyberchondria using a Metacognitive Therapy framework.


3. To understand the application of basic treatment techniques aimed at interrupting Cyberchondria.

About the presenter(s)

Marcantonio M. Spada, PhD, FBPsS, is Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health in the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University. Professor Spada is an experienced clinician, trainer, and researcher in the fields of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT).

The author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and three books, he is recognised as an international authority in MCT and its novel application to the conceptualisation and treatment of addictive behaviours, Cyberchondria and psychological distress in health conditions. Professor Spada also serves as both Editor-in-Chief of Addictive Behaviors and Addictive Behaviors Reports, is Chair of the Board of Trustees of UK SMART Recovery, is a Director of SMART Recovery International, and a Trustee of GambleAware.


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Registration closes - Friday 27 November 2020

2 Dec 2020
BURY, Greater Manchester
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
40.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
This event is fully booked.

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