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The Limbus Critical Psychotherapy Conference

Challenging CBT: Where is the Evidence for Evidence Based Therapies?
Saturday, Sunday, November 1, 2, 2014
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon

Projected Ticket Price £100 early bird; £120 after June 30th.

Convenor: Farhad Dalal
Limbus Lectures
Draft Time Table
10.30-10.45 Welcomes
10.45 am to 12.00 Lecture 1
12.00-12.30 Break
12.30 - 1.45 Lecture 2
1.45 to 2.45 Lunch
2.45 to 3.45 Small group discussion
3.45 to 4.15 Break
4.15 to 5.30 Lecture 3
5.30 to 6.30 Panel
9.00 to 10.05 Lecture 4
10.05 to 10.20 Break
10.20 to 11.25 Lecture 5
11.25 to 11.40 Break
11.40 to 12.45             Lecture 6
12.45 to  1.45              Lunch
  1.45 to  3.00              Plenary/Discussion

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This is the first of a series of occasional conferences, each to take a critical perspective on a particular psychotherapy school, concept, theme or tradition.
Conference Website to be launched shortly
Speakers:  Oliver James, Jonathan Shedler, Del Loewenthal, Sarah Wallaston, Farhad Dalal, + ***********
Rationale: In Britain and many other countries, the general public as well as many members of professional groups believe that manualized Cognitive Behavioural Therapies are the therapy of choice for most kinds of psychological distress. It is claimed that CBT is the only credible psychotherapy because, (it is said) it has a scientific evidence base to prove that it is effective (unlike the other psychotherapies).

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been sufficiently convinced by this 'evidence-base' to grace a number of CBT protocols its seal of approval, thus granting them universal credibility. In the NHS and elsewhere, we are currenlty in a situation in which CBT has established a virtual monopoly over the range of other psychotherapies, disfranchising them and their practitioners. 
Content: The intention of the conference is to challenge this state of affairs by
questioning the positivist premises of the hegemonic claims being made by, and on
the behalf of CBT. The conference will challenge these claims on a number of
counts to ask:
How robust is the evidence for CBT?
How well does the statistical evidence stand up to scrutiny?
What evidence, if any, is there for other schools of therapy?
How realistic is the CBT model of the psyche?
What does it say about the human condition?
How helpful is CBT’s medicalised understanding of human distress?
How much of CBT’s success is due to politics and ideology rather than science?
How distinct is CBT from the other kinds of talking therapy?

To this end, the subject matter of this conference will range from
science and statistics, to philosophy and psychology, to politics and ideology.
This is not an anti-CBT conference seeking to dismiss CBT in its entirety.
We grant that CBT is helpful for some people in some circumstances under certain conditions.
What will be challenged is the kind of reasoning, means and evidence used to privilege CBT over and above other forms of psychotherapy.

The conference will be of interest to members of the general public as well the range of professional groups involved in delivering
psychological welfare - be it policy maker, commissioner, GP,  researcher, manager or funder. The conference will be of particular
interest to psychotherapists and counsellors of all persuasions.