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CBT for Psychosis

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About the Course:

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. The 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.

This course is based on the recorded webinar series, CBT for Psychosis created by Ron Unger, LCSW in 2022.

Publication Date:

1st Edition Jul 2022

Course Material Author

Ron Unger, LCSW

Ron Unger works as a therapist, and as a supervisor of therapists and of peer support specialists, at the Center for Family Development and in private practice in Eugene Oregon. For the past 20 years he has also worked as an educator, providing seminars on CBT for psychosis and related topics across the United States and internationally. He is the chair of the education committee for ISPS-US.

Ron Unger, LCSW authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is intended for people who provide mental health treatment for people diagnosed with various kinds of psychotic disorders. It is intended as an introductory course, aimed at getting people started in using these methods. To become fully proficient at providing CBT for psychosis would of course require substantially more training.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify ways to normalize psychotic experiences by seeing them as understandable in relationship to an individual’s life story, and capable of being altered by changes in thinking and behavior.

  2. Create formulations that promote hope and provide direction for treatment and recovery.

  3. Utilize a collaborative style to engage in guided discovery of solutions to distressing psychosis-related problems.

  4. Describe ways of integrating this psychological approach with other methods of treatment.

Course Material

These videos are the core of the course and contain most of the information that will be included in the exam.

Purchase Materials

This material is available to purchase for $99.

CBT for Psychosis Introductory Perspectives

CBT for Psychosis Relationship Style and Approach


Developing Formulations

Working with Paranoia and Apparently Delusional Beliefs

Working with Disorderly Thinking and Negative Symptoms

Solving Problems with Voices and Visions

Relapse Prevention and Homework

Additional Resources List

Additional supporting videos

There will also be test questions that cover the material presented in these videos

A role play demonstrating “normalizing”

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One example of using hearing voices groups to aid recovery

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Compassion for Voices

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Compassion for Voices

A role play exploring an episode of paranoia

A role play exploring the antecedents of a belief

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A role play developing a test for a belief

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Course Number 103220
6 credit hours
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  • Recorded Webinar
Exam Fee: $35.82 No exam fee with a membership package!

Materials Cost: $99.00

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