Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. Psychotic experiences are conceptualized as being understandable in relationship to an individual’s life story, and capable of being altered when people experiment with different ways of thinking and behaving. Learn how to collaborate with people having these experiences, “exploring the evidence” rather than imposing beliefs, and developing coping options so people are not forced to rely entirely on the often limited effectiveness of medication to address problems.
This new online course starts by examining the nature of psychosis and CBT, providing a foundation for understanding how CBT can be helpful. Then the basic style of CBT for psychosis is introduced, followed by an introduction to two of the most important techniques. Finally, applications of CBT are explored for some of the main problem areas, such as hearing distressing voices, paranoia, delusional beliefs, disorganization, and negative symptoms.
Included in the course are video lectures, slides with some diagrams, video demonstrations of CBT for psychosis being practiced, and links to additional resources for further study. Periodically, there will be live question/answer sessions, and recordings of past question/answer sessions will also be available.
CBT for psychosis uses a minimal amount of jargon, and the concepts and practices tend to be easily understandable.
In this introductory seminar on CBT for psychosis, you can learn to:
- Collaborate with people in exploring difficult experiences, helping people develop their own perspective and their own solutions rather than telling people what to think
- Reduce fear of psychotic experiences, and build hope for coping and for recovery. using the CBT approach called “normalizing”
- Help people develop a coherent story or individualized formulation of what led to psychotic difficulties, which then guides efforts toward recovery
- Become familiar with a broad range of psychological strategies which have been found helpful for experiences such as paranoia, hearing voices or other “hallucinatory” experiences, delusional or disorganized thinking, and “negative symptoms.”
5 CE credits are available for social workers, psychologists and nurses in the US.
Cost: The regular cost for this seminar is $89, however, prior to July 15, 2015, it’s being offered for the discounted price of only $49. If you register before then, 1/3 of your registration fee will go directly to ISPS-US (the rest will go to me, Ron Unger, since I am the author and producer of the course.)
Also, if you are interested in this course and you are a non-professional, for example a person with lived experience of psychosis or a family member, you are welcome to register for free, using this link. Note that this free offer is only until July 15, 2015, after that the scholarship rate will be $10.
(Also, you might want to be aware of other online courses that are now appearing through Mad in America. Of particular interest may be Eleanor Longden’s course “The Voices in My Head.” in which she presents a radically different understanding of “auditory hallucinations,” which in turn provides a rationale for significant changes to the current standard of care. This course is free for viewing, while the cost for obtaining CEU or CME credits is $15.)