NH-CBT (Nocebo Hypothesis CBT) for Functional Neurological Symptoms

About this event

NH-CBT is the name given to a treatment protocol developed 7 years ago by Matt Richardson, following some successful experimentation with a client with functional neurological symptoms. The treatment protocol achieved complete or almost complete symptom resolution in 12 of the next 13 patients, usually within 2 weeks. That case series is now published (in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy). The team at ISIS has continued to use NH-CBT since then, with similar success rates. The theoretical basis for the protocol is a radical departure from traditional views of functional symptoms as being the result of repressed intrapsychic conflicts – in fact, during NH-CBT, discussion of emotions is entirely optional.

This workshop will fully prepare attendees to practice NH-CBT, and pilot training suggests that they will be able to get similar success rates. This workshop is suitable for Clinical Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists working with people with neurological problems.

Cost for attendance at workshop: (includes lunch and refreshments)

  • Health professionals - $150
  • Students - $100



Dr Matt Richardson is a full-time clinician working at the ISIS Centre in Dunedin (a regional neurorehabilitation unit).He was trained in the UK, and came to New Zealand 10 years ago.

  • 01 May 19
  • 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
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  • Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand

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