The intention of this conference is to challenge this state of affairs by questioning the positivist premises behind 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 & ideology rather than science?
• How distinct is CBT from the other kinds of talking therapy?
Background: In Britain and other countries, many people have come to believe that manualized Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the only credible psychotherapy, scientifically proven to be 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. 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.
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 'psy' professions, as well the range of professional groups involved in delivering
psychological welfare - be it nurse, social worker, OT, policy maker, commissioner, GP, researcher, manager or funder.
The conference will be of particular interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors of all persuasions.
For further information please contact: Farhad Dalal, Limbus, 1 The Plains, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5DR; Tel: 0778 222 0385
email cbt_conf 'at' limbus 'dot' org 'dot' uk
The subject matter of this conference will range from
science and statistics, to philosophy and psychology, to politics and ideology.
Challenging the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies:
The Overselling of CBT's Evidence Base
The Limbus Critical Psychotherapy Conference