Doing therapy briefly

Almost all therapists working in accountable settings will soon be required to offer time limited therapy. This workshop will provide an overview of the theory and practice of time limited therapy.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee 
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Working briefly, which will be explored in this workshop, is more about the creation of a profound, intense and collaborative connection with the client than simply time awareness.

To work briefly is to refocus and shift one’s methods and goals for therapy. With intensity in the collaborative working relationship, clarity of focus and an optimism that helps the client to feel that solutions are possible, without denying his or her difficulties or emotional pain, much can be achieved in a shorter period of time. This approach to therapy is ethically driven yet resource-aware.

The approach outlined in this workshop considers the client as resourceful. The therapist and client come together in a non-hierarchically arranged, collaborative relationship, in order to explore, reduce and resolve problems. The session also identifies where briefer therapeutic approaches may be unsuited to clients or clinical problems.

Target audience

This workshop is intended for clinical, counselling and health psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors as well as trainees with some therapeutic experience.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To address the place of briefer therapeutic models and approaches in NHS and related settings
  • To consider the nature of the therapeutic relationship, especially with regard to the intake process, the first session, building a therapeutic framework and endings, within briefer therapy approaches
  • To reflect upon the role of the therapist in eliciting and managing change, within a brief therapy approach
  • To discuss the ‘dose effect’ in therapy
  • To consider the contraindications to briefer models of practice.

Facilitator:Professor Robert Bor FBPsS CPsychol CSci

Professor Robert Bor is a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council as well as a UKCP Registered Family Psychotherapist. He is extensively involved in the training of psychologists and psychotherapists. He works therapeutically with people general psychological problems as well as people suffering from acute and chronic illness. He has published numerous books and academic papers on these and related topics. Rob has experience providing focused, time-sensitive and evidence-based therapy within accountable ettings. His clients include children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and he consults within organisations. Rob is co-director of a clinical and corporate psychology consultancy, Dynamic Change Consultants (

Booking information


  • Non-Society members: £234 (£195 + VAT)
  • Society members: £156 (£130 + VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £252 (£210 + VAT)
  • Society members: £168 (£140 + VAT)

How to book:

Registration closes at 12:00 on 9 April 2013. 

Thu, 11/04/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre