Event Details

Using Imagery to treat PTSD within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Presented by Dr Sameena Akbar

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the South & West Wales Branch.

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 x hours CPD

Registration closes - Midday Thursday 6th April. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.


This one day online event is aimed at helping clinicians upskill their PTSD work by using imagery updating and rescripting. Imagery is an integral part of CBT working, and particularly within PTSD. Ongoing research shows the importance of working with imagery within PTSD (Morina, Lancee & Arntz, 2017).

Imagery rescripting allows clients to develop their own idiosyncratic endings to their traumas which can take into account their own personal backgrounds and cultural beliefs. Imagery rescripting is entirely client led. Much of the work and client examples that will be presented (and of course, anonymised) will reflect the imagery work which refugees have done.

The event will provide examples and video role plays based on real client experinece of imagery rescripting.

Participants should have some experience of treating PTSD using the Ehler's and Clark model.

Learning Outcomes

  • To enable participants to:

  • Understand the science behind imagery

  • To understand how to use imagery to reduce flashbacks and nightmares

  • To understand how to work with non-fear based hotspots such as contamination, anger, guilt and shame

Aims and objectives

  • Explain and demystify mental imagery

  • Present what is mental imagery from clinical and theoretical perspectives

  • Introduce and practise a range of techniques for working with aversive images in PTSD including updating using images and imagery rescripting

  • Use examples of how to apply these techniques in treating PTSD symptoms and cover how to use imagery in working with PTSD when shame, guilt and anger are present  

About the presenter(s)

Dr Sameena Akbar is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and PTSD specialist working at the Woodfield Trauma Service in London. It offers evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment to hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is seen as a model of good practice throughout the UK.

Sam has treated people with PTSD for many years and lectures, trains and supervises other psychologists and psychological therapists in how to work with it across the UK and internationally, from Grenfell Tower in London to refugee camps in Iraq. She is now part of a group of highly experienced psychologists recently commissioned by the UK government to train psychologists across the United Kingdom in how to treat PTSD in refugees.

Sam is the author of 'Stressilient: How To Beat Stress and Build Resilience', an ACT-based self-help book.


If you need to cancel your booking, please email workshops@babcp.com. Cancellations made up to 5 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event.

Online Event
13 Apr 2023
South & West Wales
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
85.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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