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Understanding and Managing Psychological Aspects of Behaviour Change: A CBT skills workshop for dietitians.

7th February 2019, London


Dietitians frequently work with people who need to make changes to their eating behaviour in order to improve their health and/or manage their weight. However, helping people to make, and maintain, changes to their behaviour is notoriously difficult! This often leads to feelings of frustration and failure for clients, and the health professionals working with them.  The aim of this workshop is to expand upon dietitians’ psychological understanding and skills in relation to behaviour change.  This workshop builds on traditional behaviour change approaches that emphasise motivation (i.e. motivational interviewing), to focus attention on other psychological drivers such as learned and automatic behaviour, thinking patterns/processes and emotional factors that influence eating behaviour. 


Participants will develop an understanding of the relationship style and consultation skills required to set the scene for behaviour change discussions. They will also be introduced to a cognitive-behavioural (CBT) framework to provide a broader understanding of the thought processes, past experiences, beliefs and emotions that may drive an individual’s current behaviour (and subsequent difficulties changing this behaviour). Participants will learn how to map out (develop a formulation of) the psychological drivers of a client’s behaviour in order to help them make sense of their behaviour and “stuckness”.  This process of helping individual’s to understand what drives and maintains their behaviour is a critical step towards changing it. A range of practical psychological and behavioural interventions that flow from the individual assessment and understanding (formulation) of the client’s behaviour will also be outlined. 



o    Develop an understanding of the psychological factors that affect behaviour change

o    Develop skills in assessing problematic behaviours from a CBT perspective

o    Learn and develop skills in developing a shared understanding of problem behaviours using CBT formulation/mapping 

o    Identify cognitive-behavioural interventions that are grounded in the individual formulation of the target behaviour. These include identifying and challenging problematic thinking patterns, managing emotions differently, reducing automatic eating behaviours etc


Target Audience:This workshop is aimed at dietitians who frequently work with clients where behaviour change issues arise. Some experience of basic behaviour change approaches and strategies would be useful. 


Format:  Workshop including teaching and practical skills sessions. Maximum of 12 participants per workshop.


About the Facilitator: Dr Denise Ratcliffe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and accredited CBT therapist. She has worked in bariatric surgery for the past 10 years and has extensive experience in helping patients make long-term changes to their behaviour. She has written a self-help book for bariatric patients - “Living with Bariatric Surgery: Managing your Mind and your Weight (Routledge). 


Date: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:15-5:00 (registration at 9.15am and workshop starts at 9.30)


Location: BPS offices, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4 UE


Cost: £165 or £150 early bird rate if payment is received by 30.11.18

Please contact me if you have any queries or want to enquire about further dates.

Terms & Conditions

Payment & booking

​​A booking is only confirmed after we have received payment. Spaces will be given to completed bookings on a first come, first served basis. 


Cancellation & changes policy

More than one calendar month prior to the event we will refund the workshop price minus a 10% admin charge. 

Between one calendar month and two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a 50% refund minus a 10% admin charge. 

14 days of less before the event no refund or transfer will be offered. 


Cancellations must have been received by email and acknowledged by the workshop facilitator to qualify for any refunds the may be eligible. 


With prior agreement we are happy to transfer places to other delegates provided that payment has been received. Please contact in advance to discuss this. 


In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop, we will refund any fees already received but we will not be liable for other costs (e.g. travel, accommodation costs that have already been incurred). 


In the unlikely event that we have to change the venue of the workshop, we will provide as much notice as possible and will endeavour to remain in a similarly located venue.   


The workshop cost includes hot and cold refreshments and lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know at the time of booking. 


If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at the time of booking. 



Each participant will be provided with workshop materials. 

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