We are delighted to announce that we're collaborating with the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence, UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The British Psychological Society (BPS) for this online event looking at working with clients who are taking or withdrawing from prescribed drugs.

APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence 

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About the event

With psychiatric prescriptions doubling over the last ten years, therapists are now more likely than ever to be working with clients who are taking or withdrawing from prescribed drugs. How well did your training cover the effects of psychiatric drugs on therapy? What is your role as a therapist working with issues of prescribed drug dependence?  How confident do you feel in addressing these issues in your client work - do you have questions you would like to ask?

This free half-day event (3 hours CPD) will begin at 10:00am and will include presentations by the main editors of the recently published Guidance for Psychological Therapists and is based on the new companion publication “A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs”. It will give you the information you need to work confidently with clients and there will be an opportunity to get answers to all your questions about working with prescribed psychiatric drugs in therapy. The event will close at 1:00pm.

Your booking also gives you access to the on-demand service. If you can’t join live on the day, you'll be able to access it for four weeks afterwards.

View the programme

Aims of this event

  • identify when and how prescribed psychiatric drugs might impact your clients and their therapy
  • reflect on your own experiences and beliefs about them
  • support you to make informed, conscious, choices about how you support your client’s experiences with such drugs
  • learn how to support clients who decide, with their prescriber, to withdraw from their prescribed psychiatric drug

At the end of this event, delegates should be able to

  • identify their existing beliefs and attitudes towards psychiatric drugs
  • understand the difference between the disease and drug centred models of drug action
  • support clients’ own decision making about drugs, based on an understanding of the difference between giving medical information versus advice
  • understand how to support a client to prepare for and undergo withdrawal from prescribed psychiatric drugs
  • understand key ethical considerations


This online event is free to attend for all psychological therapists and those involved in supporting people taking psychiatric drugs. If you are a BACP Member:

  • Login to your account
  • Add the conference to cart
  • Proceed to payment (no payment will be required)

If you are not a BACP member you will need to create an account. 

This can be done by:

  • Clicking on the 'To book a place' pink box at the top of the web page,
  • Sign up and create an account
  • Add the conference to your cart
  • Proceed to payment (no payment will be required)

For questions about the conference registration please email events@bacp.co.uk