Leeds BABCP conference: workshop on emotion processing in chronic fatigue syndrome - stress, abuse & mind-body links (3rd post)
Last updated on 8th July 2012
In yesterday's post, I described the pre-workshop publicity for this day on treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. How did I find the workshop in actual practice? Well, I enjoyed meeting Trudie Chalder. She came across as very alive, friendly, bright, knowledgeable. Great. And her two decades or so of dedicated exploration of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is so impressive ... one of those research journeys that I find it heart-warming to look at. For me the workshop itself was a bit of a funny mix. In the morning session we were given an overview/update on chronic fatigue syndrome and its standard CBT treatment.
The 40th British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) conference is at Leeds University. As usual it's preceded by a choice of pre-conference workshops. Three of the nineteen initially on offer have been cancelled, but there's still a wealth of options. I'm due to go to Trudie Chalder, from the London Institute of Psychiatry, speaking on "Emotional Processing in the Context of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Implications for Persistent Physical Symptoms in General". The pre-workshop publicity states: "More than half of people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have co-morbid depression or anxiety.
Last month I wrote a series of four blog posts about a CBT workshop on memory-focused for adults with PTSD (and a couple of posts about a personal experience of trauma). The third of these posts discussed how this kind of memory-focused approach could also be helpful for other types of "non-PTSD" trauma such as experiences of grief & loss. In today's post I want to explore this extended application even further - looking at the use of memory-focused therapy for anxiety & depression, personality disorders, and complex type II trauma.
I have written a series of blog posts on Nick Grey's expert workshop on CBT treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. The day's focus was particularly on treatment approaches involving the trauma memory itself. Nick highlighted four interlinked memory-focused methods - exposure & reliving, written narrative, site visit, and discrimination of triggers. This post is the text of a client handout I subsequently put together discussing how best to go about the written narrative.
This is the third in a series of posts triggered by Nick Grey's workshop on memory-focused approaches in CBT for adults with PTSD. In the second post yesterday, I wrote about " ... treatment structure". In today's post I want to step back for a moment and get a broader perspective. These trauma-focused treatments have much wider applicability than just for DSM-IV-TR congruent, single episode traumas, and it's this wider applicability that's a major reason for me doing this workshop.