Theory and treatment of health anxiety Short Course

Theory and treatment of health anxiety Short Course

Develop and update your knowledge and skills whilst ensuring that your continuing professional and personal development needs are met.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:


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Delivery Method:


Course Length:

One day workshop


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

Thursday 16 June 2016 (9am - 4pm)

Entry Requirements:

This course is aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and practitioners of psychological therapy.

Course Content

Course Outline:

Health anxiety is a psychological disorder characterised by a low threshold for becoming alarmed about health and/or a preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness. With excessive health care utilisation, health anxiety is a social concern both from a public health, and cost-effectiveness perspective. To date, cognitive therapies are the most effective forms of treatment for this disorder.

Main aims of the workshop:

  • To describe health anxiety and its clinical features
  • To present cognitive based model (s) of health anxiety
  • To outline key aspects of engagement, assessment, socialisation and treatment of health anxiety

Who should attend?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and practitioners of psychological therapy.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

Robin Bailey is a cognitive behavioural therapist and senior lecturer in psychological therapies at UCLan. He regularly presents at international conferences and has published widely on the subject of health anxiety. He is currently involved in a number of health anxiety research studies collaborating with teams in the University of Manchester (Adrian Wells) and the University of Trondheim in Norway.

Learning outcome & aims

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Be able to describe the main features of health anxiety
  • Be able to describe cognitive based models of health anxiety
  • Understand the basic principles of treating health anxiety and feel more prepared to tackle the problem clinically

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


How to Apply

These workshops are available as part of the Service Level Agreement which UCLan has with a number of local NHS Trusts. If you wish to apply using this funding please gain the support of your line manager and complete the online application through

Alternatively, self-funding applicants please book online at

If you have any questions about the workshop please contact us:
email or call 01772 893808

About UCLan

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