Dr Michael Townend

Position: Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Academic leadership in the areas of psychological therapies and supervision and managment of the counselling and psychotherapy staff within the subject area of Applied Mental Health.

Teaching responsibilities

Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavoural Psychotherapy, research tutor with a specific interest in small scale and N=1 designs that can inform practice.

Professional interests

Dissemination of Psychological Therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Formulation in Therapeutic Practice

Research interests

Stratgies for the dissemination of psychological therapies, teaching formulation within the psychological therapies context, supervision within cognitive behavioural psychotherapy and service user involement in psychological therapies

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of BABCP
  • Accredited by BABCP as a Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer
  • Registered with the UKCP
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Bsc (Nursing Studies), University of Central England
  • AdBehPsych, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Msc Health Economics and Management, University of Sheffield
  • Post Graduate Certificate Assessment and Learning , University of Derby
  • PhD CBT Scientist Practitioner Practice, Supervision and Education, University of Derby

Recent publications

Jackson, C., Trower, P., Reid, J., Smith, J., Birchwood, M., Hall, M., Townend, M., Barton, K., Jones, J., Ross, K., Russell, R. and Newton, E. (2008). Improving Psychological Adjustment Following a First Episode of Psychosis: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Therapy to Reduce Post-Psychotic Trauma Symptoms, Submitted for Review.

Grant, A. Townend, M, Mills, J. and Cockx, A. (2008). Formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy.   Sage Publications, London.

Townend, M. (2008). Clinical supervision in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy: development of a model through grounded theory. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Accepted for Publication.

Townend, M., Tew, J., Grant, A. and Repper, J. (2008). Involvement of service users in education and training: a review of the literature and exploration of the implications for the education and training of psychological therapists. Journal of Mental Health, Accepted for Publication.

Townend, M and Wood, W. (2007). Online supervisor training. Therapy Today, July, 42-44.  

Grant, A. and Townend, M. (2007). Clinical Supervision: Rescuing the Organisational Dynamic. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14, 609-14.

Sutton, E., Townend, M. and Wright, J. (2007). Reflective Learning Logs in the Training of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Students. Relective Practice , 8, 387-404.

Townend, M. and Smith M. E. (2007). Prevention of Domestic Abuse. Clinical Case Studies, 6: 443-453.

Nuthall, A and Townend, M. (2007). CBT-Based Early Intervention to Prevent Panic Disorder: A Pilot Study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 1, 15-30.

Townend, M and Grant, A. (2006). Integrating Science and Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Driving Phobia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 13, 554-561.

Townend, M. (2005). Interprofessional supervision from the perspectives of both mental health nurses and other professionals in the field of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12, 582-588.

Townend, M. (2004). Supervision contracts in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Supervison Supplement, August, 1-4, BABCP, Accrington.  

Townend, M. (2003). Cognitive therapy for driving phobia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31, 369-375.

Townend, M. (2003). Cognitive therapy for driving phobia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Extended Report Online Publication. Accessed 21 st November 2007.http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySuppMaterial?cupCode=1&type=4&jid=BCP

Tew, J., Hendry, S., Townend, M. (2003). Beyond us and them. Mental Health Today, September. 30-32.

Tew, J., Townend, M., and Hendry, S., with Ryan, D., Glynn, T., and Clark, M. (2003) On the Road to Partnership? User Involvement in Education and Training in the West Midlands. Redditch: NIMHE. West Midlands Regional Development Centre.http://www.mhhe.heacademy.ac.uk/docs/external/ontheroad.docaccessed on 20th January 2007.

Townend, M. (2002). Individual Exposure Therapy for Delusional Disorder in the Elderly. A Case Study of a 71 Year Old Man. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30, 103-109.

Townend, M. and Braithwaite, T. (2002). Service user involvement in research. Journal of Mental Health, 11, 2, 117-119.

Townend, M., Iannetta, L. E. and Freeston, M. (2002). UK study of the supervision practices of Behavioural, Cognitive and Rational Emotive Behavioural Psychotherapists. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy , 30, 485-500.

Townend, M and Shackley, P. (2002). A pilot investigation of conjoint analysis to measure service user preferences for day hospital care. Journal of Mental Health, 11, 1, 85-96.

Townend, M. (2002). Individual exposure for delusional disorder: A case study of a 71-year-old man. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy , 30, 103-109.

Townend, M. (2000). Quantitative measurement of service user preferences for mental healthcare: A comparison between consumer satisfaction surveys and conjoint analysis. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing , 7, 287-288.

Townend, M. (2000). An application of conjoint analysis to the process of psychiatric day hospital care. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing , 7, 371-372

Townend, M. (1997).   Mental health pathways to care. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 4, 149-50.

Townend, M. (1997). Paradoxical policies and their impact on mental health care. British Journal of Nursing,   6, 190-191.

Townend M. (1995). "Beyond belief" single-case study of hypochondriasis. Nursing Times, 91, 38-40.

Townend, M. (1994). The efficacy of cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy for hypochondriasis: a pilot investigation. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 1, 185-6.

Sayer J. and Townend M. (1992). A very personal problem a case study of BDD. Nursing Times. 88, 44-6.

Recent conferences

  • 2008 Spring Workshop on Processes in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Supervision
  • 2007 Workshop for at the UKCP at their Supervison Conference
  • 2007 Supervision Practices of UK Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists from 2001 to 2006. EABCT, Barcelona.

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