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Date: 28 September 2023 - 19 October 2023

Organiser: British Menopause Society

Q&A/group discussion webinar: Friday 13 October 09:15 – 16:30

Pre-recorded lecture videos and slides available: Thursday 28 September - Thursday 19 October 2023

This course provides an introduction to group cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for menopause symptoms.

Overview:CBT is increasingly popular within physical health settings and has been demonstrated to effectively help women who are experiencing problematic menopausal symptoms. Women are equipped with self-management skills to reduce the psychological distress commonly associated with hot flushes, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms. It is also suitable for women who have undergone breast cancer treatments.

The BMS CBT course is designed for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals (e.g. applied psychologists and registered counsellors) who work regularly in the field of women’s health, in either primary or secondary care. It will give an in-depth introduction to an evidence based 6 session group intervention, enabling delegates to develop the knowledge and skills to facilitate groups within their own health care setting or to work individually with patients.

Delegates will be given an overview of the significant influence of psychological factors in coping with distress in relation to menopausal symptoms and how CBT is relevant to this. Each session of the intervention will then be presented, including the use of interactive exercises designed to build confidence in working collaboratively with patients, as well as case studies and experiential exercises to illustrate how the intervention can be applied to a variety of menopausal issues. The accompanying materials are designed to enable healthcare professionals to guide women to develop self-management strategies using a cognitive behavioural approach.

Course format:Delegates will have access to professionally recorded lecture videos for the six course modules, with PDF lecture slides, via the BMS website from 28 September to 19 October 2023. They can watch the lectures at a time convenient for them, before they attend a fully interactive Zoom Q&A/group discussion day on Friday 13 October 09:15 – 16:30.

Delegates will be able to pre-submit questions via the BMS website, and there will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions on the Zoom day itself, to clarify information in the lecture videos. The use of Zoom breakout rooms will then allow for small group discussion to further learning.

Delegates must watch the lectures and attend the Zoom day to meet the requirements for course completion.

Who should attend:Please note, this course is for registered healthcare professionals only and it is important to be able to access clinical supervision when using psychologically informed principles with patients.

You will need to provide your professional registration number when booking the course (GMC/NMC/HCPC/BACP/BABCP/BPS/UKPC/COSCA).


A copy of Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats with Group CBT: An evidence based treatment manual for health professionals by Hunter, M.S. and Smith M (2015), Routledge Taylor Francis is included in the course fee.

Booking:Registration has now closed for this meeting. 2024 course dates will be released in due course.
Further information:Download Programme (PDF 881KB).

All lecturers are required to make a formal declaration of interests at the beginning of their presentation.