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The Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC) - clinical applications

22 September 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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If you are working with people with chronic, long-term conditions, then this webinar might be just what you need.

This webinar introduces clinical application of the Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC) and it follows on from a previous session, which gave a theoretical introduction to the model. IMACC is an innovative and clinically applicable model of the psychosocial process of adjustment to life with chronic long-term conditions. IMACC is a biopsychosocial model based on CBT principles, but it is more than a CBT model. It is a framework model with the potential to integrate psychological theories and interventions relevant to psychosocial adjustment. The IMACC framework further offers a systematic approach to assessment and intervention, particularly with respect to identification of barriers to adjustment. IMACC can also be used as a framework for a systematic approach to service development and research.

Around 25% of the UK population live with 1 or more chronic, long-term conditions. Recent research suggests that less than 15% of such individuals adjust optimally to live well with their condition.  Around 50% adjust poorly or very poorly, leading to poor quality of life and increased health care cost. Care of chronic long-term conditions take up around 70% of the NHS budget (at least in non-COVID19 times), so there is an urgent need to understand and support psychosocial adjustment better, both from a compassionate and from a health-economic perspective.

This second webinar offers an introduction to clinical application of IMACC. In this webinar the focus will be on use of the IMACC model for assessment of psychosocial adjustment difficulties and, in particular, how to identify strengths and barriers to inform formulation and intervention planning. A range of worksheets will be introduced, and their use discussed. Fictitious case stories will be used as illustrative examples. Finally, there will also be a short introduction to the use of the IMACC model in psychoeducational groups.

Note: There is a first webinar about introducing the theory of IMACC available on 15 September at 14:00:  Theoretical introduction to the Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC).

Target audience

This webinar is relevant for clinical practitioners who work with people with chronic, long-term conditions. Basic knowledge and skills in cognitive behavioural therapy and psychological formulation will be assumed. Knowledge of attachment theory is an advantage, but not essential.

Participation in this webinar will assume theoretical knowledge of IMACC, either through participation in the previous webinar on IMACC or through other prior familiarisation with the theoretical aspects of the model.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar you should

1.  have an understanding of how to use the IMACC model for assessment and formulation

2. Be able to use the IMACC worksheets to support the process of assessment and formulation

3.  Have a basic understanding of how to use the IMACC model as a tool for treatment planning and intervention

Facilitator: Dr Lis Dreijer Hammond CPsychol AFBPsS

Lis is a Counselling Psychologist specialising in psychosocial adjustment to chronic, long-term conditions. She has worked in brain injury rehabilitation, where her interest in psychosocial adjustment was sparked, and later as a Specialist Psychologist in pain management. She has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course at Teesside University, where she was able to further her research into the Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC). Dr Hammond recently left the UK to relocate to her home country Denmark, where she is carrying out further research as well as offering consultancy. A current project concerns a mapping of the IMACC model onto the World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF), which is the main international classification system used for rehabilitation.


Webinar starts: 14:00

Webinar ends: 16:00


Price £80.00 (£ 66.67 + VAT)


Society member Society member £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 21 September 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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