Event Details

Addressing challenges in the treatment of complex persistent physical symptoms

Presented by Professor Trudie Chalder

About the event

This online, participative event will be held on Zoom, and has been organised by the Long Term Conditions Special Interest Group (LTC SIG). For more details on the LTC SIG please see here.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 x hours CPD. The event will not be recorded.

Registration closes - Midday on Friday 23rd February. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!

Persistent physical symptoms (PPS) are described in the context of functional syndromes and long-term conditions. The severity of symptoms can vary widely from mild symptoms to multiple/chronic debilitating symptoms. Fatigue is one such example which is associated with many chronic diseases, including autoimmune rheumatic diseases, multiple sclerosis and post-stroke. From a transdiagnostic perspective, the cognitive and behavioural responses to fatigue and other symptoms may be similar across different diseases / illnesses. 

By targeting common processes the same treatment can be used across different symptom clusters. Furthermore, the approach may be more appropriate and acceptable in a clinical setting where patients have heterogeneous problems.  

The aim of this workshop is to describe transdiagnostic CBT for complex patients with PPS addressing;
a) the formulation of patient’s problems
b) multi-morbidity
c) severe disability
d) many reinforcers i.e. family involvement - all of which add to complexity

Learning objectives

1. To describe the transdiagnostic approach highlighting the importance of the formulation

2. To explore strategies for dealing with emotional avoidance

3. To discuss road blocks (challenges) in therapy and how to tackle them

4. Engaging the MDT in complex cases

About the presenter(s)

Trudie Chalder is Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at King’s College London. She has worked as a clinician and a researcher in the area of long-term conditions and functional symptoms for about 30 years. She develops specific cognitive behavioural models for understanding and treating symptoms and distress in these conditions and evaluates the approaches within the context of randomised controlled trials in primary and secondary care. The primary focus is always on improving people’s quality of life. Her research involves investigating not only whether treatment works in the context of gold standard randomised controlled trials but how and for whom it works. Her work spans adolescents and adults.


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Online Event
28 Feb 2024
SIG: Long Term Conditions
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
85.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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