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Maudsley Debates

Maudsley Debates

The 50th Maudsley Debate took place on Wednesday 2nd April at 6pm at the Institute of Psychiatry: 

CBT for Psychosis

"This House believes that CBT for psychosis has been oversold"



Cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is a recognised treatment for people with psychosis, aimed at helping people make sense of their experiences, and dealing with the distress caused. Psychosocial treatments, such as CBTp, are at the core of existing services for people with psychosis, and since the first CBTp trial over fifteen years ago, it has developed a significant evidence base. As a result  it is now recommended by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) as a treatment choice for every adult with psychosis and schizophrenia. Recently, the evidence base pertaining to CBTp has been called into question, with a meta-analysis in the British Journal of Psychiatry showing a small level of efficacy in studies with more methodological rigour. On the back of this, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in the Lancet suggested it had beneficial effects in people with psychosis who were not taking antipsychotic medication (which has been the mainstay of treatment for psychosis for over 50 years). Amidst all of this, the question remains as to whether its benefits have been overstated, and the question arises, “has CBT for psychosis been oversold?”


For the motion:

Peter McKenna, Research Psychiatrist, Barcelona

Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Hertfordshire

Against the motion:

David Kingdon, Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery, University of Southampton

Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool

Chair: Professor Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry 

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Previous Debates

The 49th Maudsley Debate took place on Tuesday 15th October at 6pm:

Sick Children or Sick Society?

What should we make of the seemingly inexorable rise in psychiatric diagnosis in children? 

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