It’s a few days early, but welcome to the September 2017 newsletter from Psychology Tools. It contains a collection of the best psychology resources, news and links from around the web. Some highlights this month include a fantastic BBC radio documentary about anorexia, and a great collection of resources for understanding and working with relationship OCD.

New On Psychology Tools

Psychology Audio And Video

  • The Untold is a fantastic BBC Radio 4 documentary series which slowly explores the lives of its subjects. A recent episode gave a fascinating glimpse into the life of a young woman living with anorexia. It was especially moving to hear about the effects of her experience on her family. You should be able to download a copy of the podcast here or, if that fails, try here.
  • The Erickson foundation have released an interesting series of videos containing clinical tips for working with a variety of conditions including pain, grief, and depression.

Psychology Research


I recently found this conceptualisation of relationship OCD (ROCD: obsessive doubts and preoccupations regarding romantic relationships) extremely helpful for some clinical work. The model paper is from 2014, and this year there has been a chapter published including a case study – it documents ideas around conceptualisation and suggestions for intervention techniques. The ROCD website ( is also well worth a visit. It contains papers, measures for clinical use, as well as a selection of videos.

  • Doron, G., Derby, D. S., & Szepsenwol, O. (2014). Relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD): A conceptual framework.(2), 169-180.3Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders 
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  • Doron, G., & Derby, D. (2017). Assessment and treatment of relationship-related OCD symptoms (ROCD): A modular approach. In J. S. Abramowitz, D. McKay, & E. A. Storch (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 547 
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This lovely paper in BRAT reports on a playful intervention in young children experiencing functional abdominal symptoms. Children were trained to be ‘FBI agents’ – Feeling and Body Investigators – and the work incorporates interoceptive exposure with a stance of curiosity towards the body sensations.

  • Zucker, N., Mauro, C., Craske, M., Wagner, H. R., Datta, N., Hopkins, H., … & Mayer, E. (2017). Acceptance-based interoceptive exposure for young children with functional abdominal pain. Behaviour Research and Therapy, in press


A message often worth repeating is that CBT is not simply a technical intervention which can be delivered mechanically. This paper reiterates the importance of CHIME factors (connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment) in recovery from psychosis and includes a selection of clinical tips – most of which apply to a broader range of clinical conditions.

  • Brabban, A., Byrne, R., Longden, E., & Morrison, A. P. (2017). The importance of human relationships, ethics and recovery-orientated values in the delivery of CBT for people with psychosis. Psychosis, 9(2), 157-166.
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