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Tackling procrastination: a rational emotive & cognitive behavioural approach

Trainer: Prof Stephen Palmer PhD

July 19th 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland

ISCP Affiliated CPD workshop

Procrastination has often been referred to as the thief of time, leading to inefficiency at work, reduced performance and the 'I'm best at the 11th hour' fallacy! This workshop will provide an overview to procrastination and focus on the rational emotive and cognitive behavioural (RECB) approach to tackling this problem. The RECB theory and techniques can be used within coaching, counsulting and counselling practice.


There will be an opportunity for skills practice in pairs or triads. Delegates are expected to work on their own real examples of procrastination in order to enhance cognitive behavioural skills practice. Pre-workshop reading will be emailed as a PDF. 

The workshop is being run in association with the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP). The workshop provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and/or Initial Professional Development (IPD) for its Members. 

• To become knowledgeable about tackling procrastination using the rational emotive and cognitive behavioural approach within a coaching and counselling context



This skills based workshop will help participants to:

  • Become knowledgeable about procrastination and understand the fundamental procrastination paradox 

  • Using the procrastination chart to briefly educate, assess and highlight the key cognitions and emotions that largely cause procrastinating behaviours

  • Recognise six key procrastination styles in yourself and your coachees

  • Understand the cognitive link between procrastination, perfectionism, ego disturbance and discomfort disturbance beliefs

  • A simple Procrastination Cycle vs Action Cycle

  • Become knowledgeable about the rational emotive and cognitive behavioural approach and its application to tackling procrastination today and not tomorrow

  • Recognise key Task Interfering Cognitions (TICs) and developing Task Oriented Cognitions (TOCs) 

  • Using TIC-TOC 2 and 5 column coaching worksheets forms based on the ABCDEF rational and cognitive behavioural model to enhance motivation and overcome procrastination

  • Become knowledgeable about Cognitive Based Task Focused Imagery to overcome procrastination including Anti-Procrastination Imagery (API)

  • Become knowledgeable about Staying Focused Plans


CPD certificates of attendance will be provided to workshop delegates.



Prof Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol is an ISCP Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor, a Chartered Psychologist, and APECS Accredited Executive Coach. He is also an EAC Accredited European Counsellor and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Stephen has written or edited over 50 books and written over 225 articles on a range of topics including stress management, coaching, counselling, leadership, wellbeing and resilience. His interests include jazz and art.
Course dates and fees​​
Application form​

Date: July 19, 2017. 

Times: 9.45am registration. Start 10.00am. Finish 4.30pm. 
Venue: Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  1. Standard Individual rate £150

  2. Discounted fee £120 for Centre Alumni & ISCP members (all levels of membership). Become an ISCP 'Friend' member by joining their Linkedin group. (Free to join.)

  3. Discounted fee £130 for AREBT, BPS, IHPE & ISMA members. 

(NB State membership on application form.)

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