Why Lancaster?

  • The programme is managed within the Division of Health and Research which has a history of training medical doctors and Clinical Psychologists.
  • The programme offers a supportive clinical training environment which is delivered by experienced BABCP accredited CBT therapists.
  • The programme uniquely promotes a formulation approach to CBT rather than a diagnostic understanding of individual distress.
  • Trainees are encouraged to develop their own clinical 'style' as a CBT therapist whilst obtaining a thorough grounding in evidence based practice.

Ben HarperI originally trained as a CBT therapist in Northern Ireland and worked with adults and children who had experienced trauma within the context of paramilitary violence. I also gained experience of working in a CBT approach with young people and their families in criminal justice and 'looked after children' services.

I later trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked within a forensic CAMHS setting for a number of years before obtaining a Clinical Tutor post on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Within this role I input into teaching in various psychological models, including CBT and CAT. I also work with colleagues to deliver various sessions on psychological formulation. I have also completed some small scale research which explores attachment, trauma and offending behaviour.

Within my current role as IAPT Programme Director, I work at the university 2-3 days per week and a half day per week within Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT) with adults in a primary care setting who present with complex needs. As a CBT therapist I am passionate about the use of psychological formulation and I am keen to work together with service-users and trainee CBT therapists to develop collaborative formulations rather than psychiatric diagnoses. I have a particular interest in working with imagery and trauma in a CBT approach.