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CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach
Presented and developed by Ron Unger, LCSW
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidenced-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 CBT therapists 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 medications to address problems.
This seminar begins by examining the nature of psychosis and of CBT, providing a foundation for understanding how CBT can be helpful. Then the basic style of CBT for psychosis is explored, followed by an introduction to two of the most important techniques. Finally, applications of CBT are explored for a variety of psychosis experiences, including hearing distressing voices, paranoia, delusional beliefs, disorganization, and negative symptoms.
This workshop is designed to give mental health professionals practical strategies they can put to work immediately, as well as a stimulate of interest in further learning about this method. Jargon is kept to a minimum; prior knowledge of CBT is helpful but not required.
- Utilize a CBT collaborative-empirical style to explore psychotic experiences and beliefs.
- Normalize psychotic experiences by framing them as on a continuum with other reactions to distressing circumstances.
- Develope formulations that promote hope and provide direction.
- Engage in guided discovery of solutions to distressing psychosis-related problems.
Continuing Education (CE) Information
Ron Unger, LCSW
Ron Unger is a therapist with 13 years experience specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, and an educator with extensive experience teaching continuing education seminars on that and on related topics. He serves as adjunct faculty at Portland State University, and teaches regularly at JFK University in Berkeley CA as well. He is also chairperson of the education committee for the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches for Psychosis (ISPS).
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