How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome™

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 12 CPD hours

Course Brief

A two day course (Approved by The British Psychological Society-Pending) plus FREE follow-up tutorials. The course leads delegates through the How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome™ treatment programme.

The programme draws on a combination of 2nd and 3rd wave CBT concepts and strategies to both understand how Impostor Syndrome (IS) is created and maintained as well as a step-by-step treatment programme to address it.

A two day course (Approved by The British Psychological Society-Pending) plus FREE follow-up tutorials. The course leads delegates through the How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome™ treatment programme.

The programme draws on a combination of 2nd and 3rd wave CBT concepts and strategies to both understand how Impostor Syndrome (IS) is created and maintained as well as a step-by-step treatment programme to address it.

Originally described by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, Impostor Syndrome is now recognised as being an extremely common syndrome experienced by 70-92% of the adult population. It is particularly present amongst higher achieving individuals and those working in certain fields such as therapists, counsellors, academics and those in the liberal professions.

How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome™ has been developed by Paul Grantham over the course of extensive therapeutic work with IS clients and has demonstrated itself to be an effective treatment for this problem.

Issues covered include:

  • How to spot Impostor Syndrome
  • The “nature of the beast”: understand how IS develops and keeps going
  • Learn to conceptualise and produce individual IS formulations with clients
  • The role of Safety Behaviours in IS and how to help clients eliminate them
  • Cognitive focuses within IS
  • “Softening up” cognitive strategies (the use of cognitive defusion techniques and cognitive restructuring)
  • The use of Behavioural Experiments, Continuums and Pie Charts with IS
  • “Keeping a good thing going”: how to maintain change after therapy has finished

This course also incorporates FREE (optional) follow up group tutorials.

These tutorials will offer the following (with the mix varying from tutorial to tutorial):

  • Short 5-10 min presentation by Paul (summary/update/background),
  • A demonstration by Paul with one of the students on Zoom,
  • Paired practice by attendees (in Zoom Rooms unobserved or in the main room, observed),
  • Discussion of a topic identified from the original tutorials (e.g. Resistance to sabotaging strategies, Cognitive defusion techniques etc).

These tutorials will give participants opportunities to increase their practical confidence regarding the use of How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome™.

Course Outline at a glance:

  • Delivered on Zoom
  • 2 consecutive days
  • 12 CPD Hours
  • 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM
  • Free Tutorials after the course
  • SDS Accreditation Level 2

How to prepare for this course:

SDS Accreditation Level 2 in working with Impostor Syndrome

This course also can be used as an accreditation refresher for Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT

Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist, Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology.He is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.