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Perfectionism: A cognitive behavioural approach
Perfectionism: A cognitive behavioural approach
Perfectionism: A cognitive behavioural approach

Perfectionism: A cognitive behavioural approach

Roz Shafran

Professionals: $175.00 CAD +tax
Students: $140.00 CAD +tax


On March 1st & 8th, 2024, Prof. Roz Shafran delivered a full-day workshop on Perfectionism: A cognitive behavioural approach. This on-demand workshop is a recording of that presentation.

Workshop Outline

At the heart of clinical perfectionism is the overevaluation of achievement and striving that causes significant adverse consequences. Such perfectionism is associated with a range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorders.  A specific cognitive-behavioural intervention (CBT-P) has been developed by Roz Shafran and the Oxford Eating Disorders Research Group, and enhanced by clinical research groups led by Tracey Wade and Sarah Egan in Australia. CBT-P is a brief intervention that can be delivered in a range of formats. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses indicate that the intervention is effective in reducing perfectionism as well as associated psychopathology such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. The workshop will provide the theoretical background underpinning the intervention and a brief review of the empirical evidence demonstrating its efficacy as well as highlighting other treatment approaches to perfectionism. 

The focus of the workshop will be on practical skills in CBT for perfectionism.The workshop describe the difference between striving for excellence and perfectionism associated with mental health disorders such as eating disorders, anxiety and OCD. It will describe the core characteristics of perfectionism, information on how to identify it and provide measures that can be used in assessment.  The workshop will provide techniques to help derive a shared formulation of perfectionism and engage clients in interventions despite them highly valuing what they often perceive to be the benefits of perfectionism. Time will be spent on when perfectionism should be addressed in treatment, particularly when it arises in the context of other disorders. 
Finally, the role of therapist perfectionism in treatment outcome will be considered.
The webinar will assume a high level of knowledge of CBT techniques.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the two sessions, attendees will learn to:

• Understand a cognitive-behavioural approach to perfectionism and its evidence-base

• Assess perfectionism

• Work collaboratively with clients to develop an individualised formulation

• Increase competence in addressing perfectionism in the context of other disorders 

•  Implement cognitive-behavioural strategies to address perfectionism

About the Presenter

Roz Shafran is Professor of Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and co-Director of Bespoke Mental Health. She is founder and former Director of the Charlie Waller Institute. Her clinical research interests focus on the development, evaluation, dissemination and implementation of cognitive behavioural treatments for eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and perfectionism across the age range. She is currently working to understand and integrate evidence-based psychological treatments in young people with mental health disorders in the context of physical illness. She has provided national and international training workshops in her areas of clinical expertise, has over 300 publications, and the lead author on ‘Overcoming Perfectionism’. She has received awards for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology (British Psychological Society), ‘Making a Difference’ (NHS Positive Practice) and ‘Translational Research into Practice’ (Eric Taylor Award from The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health).

Training Modalities

The workshop will be highly interactive and involve videos, and experiential learning alongside didactic teaching and Q&A.

Who should attend

Clinicians familiar with CBT approaches who wish to improve their assessment and treatment of perfectionism.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Bespoke Mental Health Canada is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Bespoke Mental Health Canada maintains responsibility for the program. 
After viewing this workshop, participants will have the option to complete an evaluation form and a workshop knowledge quiz in order to be eligible to receive a certificate confirming the number of credits awarded. This certificate will be sent via email.
Participants who complete this workshop will be eligible to receive 5.5 CE credits.


Professionals: $175 CAD +tax
Students*: $140 CAD +tax
* Proof of student status may be required in order to qualify for a student rate.

Key References

Egan, S. J., Shafran, R., & Wade, T. D. (2022). A clinician’s quick guide to evidence-based approaches: perfectionism. Clinical Psychologist, 26(3), 351-353.

Egan, S. J., Wade, T. D., Shafran, R., & Antony, M. M. (2016). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of perfectionism. Guilford Publications.

Galloway, R., Watson, H., Greene, D., Shafran, R., & Egan, S. J. (2022). The efficacy of randomised controlled trials of cognitive behaviour therapy for perfectionism: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 1-15.

Shafran, R., Cooper, Z., & Fairburn, C. G. (2002). Clinical perfectionism: A cognitive–behavioural analysis. Behaviour research and therapy, 40(7), 773-791.

Shafran, R., Egan, S. J., & Wade, T. D. (2023). Coming of age: A reflection of the first 21 years of cognitive behaviour therapy for perfectionism. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 104258.

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