This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Roz Shafran

In this ABCT webinar, Dr. Roz Shafran, PhD discusses "Clinical perfectionism" which is a highly specific construct designed to capture the type of perfectionism that often poses problems in routine therapeutic practice. The core psychopathology of clinical perfectionism is an over evaluation of achievement and striving that causes significant adverse consequences.

Clinical perfectionism has been implicated in the maintenance of psychopathology, in particular eating disorders. A specific cognitive-behavioural intervention has been developed by the Oxford Eating Disorders Research Group for the treatment of clinical perfectionism in Axis I disorders including eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression. The intervention has been enhanced by incorporating techniques used by clinical research groups in Australia. It can be delivered in traditional face-to-face individual or group therapy, or in the form of online self-help. The treatment has evaluated in a recent meta-analysis which demonstrated a positive impact on both perfectionism and Axis I disorders.

This webinar was interactive and included both experiential and didactic teaching and video/audio clips. It is aimed at advanced cognitive-behaviour therapists and will retain a highly practical, clinical focus throughout.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the cognitive-behavioural analysis of clinical perfectionism and the factors that contribute to its maintenance.
  • Discuss the relevant research literature and current evidence-base for the intervention.
  • Describe the cognitive-behavioural strategies used to assess and address clinical perfectionism.


Roz Shafran, PhD is Professor of Translational Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and founder of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment. Her clinical and research interests include cognitive behavioural theories and treatments for anxiety disorders, eating disorders and perfectionism across the age range. She has over 125 publications. She is an associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy and recipient of an award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology from the British Psychological Society.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.