A Day on Behaviour Change

Learn how to use evidence based approaches from clinical psychology to make changes that last in 2018.

Usually, when trying to make a change, we think willpower is the answer.

If we just try harder and be more disciplined, it’ll work this time.

But very often, it doesn’t.

A 2016 study found that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week in February.

Whether we want to give up smoking, start exercising, or commit to a new habit, often we find our best efforts fall to the wayside, and after a few weeks we’re right back where we started.

Worse still, now we feel guilty that we’ve ‘failed’ which can make us feel less motivated to try again in the future.

Could it be that most of us are just lazy and irresponsible? Or might it be that we don’t understand how our brains really work and the actual science of changing behaviour? In other words, might our common sense about behaviour change be wrong?

A growing body of research indicates that if we want to make changes that last, willpower is not the answer.

Rather, there are evidence based approaches from clinical psychology that are being used every day to help people drop extreme addictions and develop new empowering habits.

So for your New Years’ resolution this year, what if you tried a different approach? One that was evidence based and scientifically proven to make changes that last – even in extreme cases?

Might you also get a different result?

On Sunday 28th January 2018, three of the UK’s leading experts on behaviour change will present lectures on:

  • Stoic Philosophy, CBT & Behaviour Change
  • The Science of Changing Behaviour
  • Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Change Behaviour

It will be similar to a TED event, but with in depth lectures and focused on behaviour change.

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Stoic Philosophy, CBT & Behaviour Change

CBT offers evidence-based treatments for common psychological problems as depression, generalised anxiety disorder (worry), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety, low self-esteem and anger. Stoicism is having something of a cultural moment, offering a more Western alternative to Buddhism for those searching for a less materialistic and pleasure-driven yet more meaningful and purpose-driven life. Stoicism’s aim is not to repress emotions but to develop wisdom and to become a virtuoso at living like an excellent human being.

In this interactive and practical talk, Tim LeBon, a CBT psychotherapist and writer on Stoicism and practical philosophy, will explore how CBT & stoicism can be combined to improve mood, create lasting changes, reduce anxiety and worry, and offer practical solutions for living a meaningful life.

Tim LeBon is an experienced UKCP Registered psychotherapist and BABCP accredited CBT therapist who has trained in a number of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), existential therapy and philosophical counselling. He studied P.P.E at Oxford, gaining a first class degree, and then took an M.Phil at London University in Philosophy, Ethics and Ancient Philosophy.

The Science of Behaviour Change

Behaviour change is increasingly recognised as central to human well-being, social cohesion and sustainability. In this talk, Dr. Chadwick will present the Behaviour Change Wheel – a unique framework derived from the synthesis of multiple existing frameworks across the behavioural and social sciences – that aims to support the development of evidence-based approaches to the development and delivery of behaviour change interventions. The talk will explore the need for an interdisciplinary approach to behaviour change and will illustrate how tools such as the Behaviour Change Wheel can deliver effective interventions across a range of contexts.

Dr. Chadwick is a Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist and Senior Teaching Fellow at the world-leading UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. Paul has been at the forefront of developing, evaluating and disseminating evidence-based approaches to obesity in the UK and provides training and consultancy to individuals and organisations wishing to integrate behaviour change interventions into their work. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed academic papers and regularly presents his work at conferences at the national and international level.

Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Change Behaviour

In this talk, Dr Chris Irons, PhD, will explore an evolutionary understanding of our minds, and learn about how we can easily become caught up in patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that can cause us – and other people – difficulties.The talk will explore what compassion is, common misunderstandings and blocks that people have to being more compassionate (e.g. feeling that it is a weakness or indulgence), and a definition of compassion that can help to see that at the heart of compassion lie wisdom, strength and commitment.

We’ll also learn about how compassion – linked to our evolved capacity for caring for others – may play an important role in bringing change to our behaviour in many ways. We’ll explore the idea of ‘compassion at flow’, how compassion can be cultivated, and how, by doing so, we can bring positive behavioural changes in life.

Dr Chris Irons, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, researcher, writer and trainer with over two decades of experience in Compassion Focused Therapy. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com), a London based organisation providing compassion-focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He also works for the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Derby.


10:00am – 12:00pm: Stoic Philosophy, CBT & Behaviour Change

12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break

1:00pm – 3:00pm: The Science of Behaviour Change

3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break

3:15pm – 5:00pm: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Change Behaviour

TWU Guarantee

The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience. If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the course date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the course, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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2018-01-01T18:55:31+02:00 January 1st, 2018|Lecture Days|

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