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CBT-music formulation to engage BAME communities

09 October 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An introduction the CBT-music formulation model and how it can be used by practitioners to elicit thoughts, feelings and behaviours using songs/music pieces familiar to members of BAME communities.

This webinar will include a background to Canadian researchers and a psychiatrist who has offered CBT-music through a behavioural intervention and an overview of the effectiveness of music generally in mental health and wellbeing.

This webinar will focus specifically on BAME communities who may not necessarily wish to engage in traditional talking therapies. It will use introduce how psychological therapists can incorporate BAME clients’ choice of songs to develop rapport, establish a positive therapeutic relationship through shared curiosity, appreciation and interest in music/songs. The webinar will introduce how specific questions can be asked and how the therapist can use their position of ‘not knowing about the music’ to develop psychological insight and emotional safety in the client. A CBT-Music formulation model (Muntaha, 2018; 2019) will be introduced to suggest how this model be used as a framework for working with BAME clients who engage with their traditional or cultural songs which holds meaning to them. Although systemic and psychodynamic approaches can be used to consider relationships with music, this webinar will focus on a CBT model using the music at the centre, and considering how the song affects thoughts, feelings and behaviour of the participant. The webinar will include both individual and group interventions although there will be more focus on group work.

Target audience

All psychological therapists including clinical/counselling Psychologists, IAPT practitioners, CBT therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists. Although aimed at qualified staff, this approach would also be useful for trainees and assistants as part of their overall competencies at working with diverse communities and across cultural barriers.

Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will develop greater understanding of how they can use their existing clinical skills to incorporate music in their practice generally.

2. Participants will learn about the CBT-music formulation model and how this may be utilised in their own practice with BAME clients who they may be struggling to engage in psychological thinking.

3. Participants will gain confidence at talking about clients’ choice of music/songs in a way that fits with their identity as psychological practitioners

4. Participants will develop curiosity in terms of how this approach can be taken forward in different service contexts including CAMHS, forensic settings, older people and when working with people with learning disabilities.

Facilitator: Dr Sidrah Muntaha CPsychol AFBPsS

Sidrah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the British Psychology Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology and a member of the Faculty for Leadership & Management. She is on the Register of Applied Professional Practice Supervisors (RAPPS), a member of the British Association for Music Therapy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sidrah is regulated by the HCPC, with extensive experience in working across a range of mental health issues in NHS and private sector. Sidrah has a special interest in music and arts based psychotherapies, and often uses singing and live charity performances as her own creative outlet. She is currently the Creative Director of her company which specialises in individual therapy for artistes/musicians and partnership work with arts organisations as well as theatre companies to deliver psychologically informed music groups, workshops and arts events aimed at raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing.


Start – 11:00

Finish – 13:00

Price £80.00 (£ 66.67 + VAT)
Society member £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 8 October 2020  

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There will be a £15 cancellation fee.

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