Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis Orientation and Skills Training

Feb 14, 2020

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an individualized, evidence-based intervention for adults with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The primary goals of CBTp are to reduce the distress associated with the symptoms of psychosis and to improve functioning and quality of life. CBTp includes the application of cognitive skills aimed toward changing thoughts to improve feelings and behaviors, as well as behavioral strategies to help cope with distress and impairment.

About the Workshop:
The purpose of this workshop is to orient mental health care providers to the most recent literature on the cognitive behavioral approach to treating individuals with psychotic symptoms, to introduce a recovery-oriented model for treating psychosis, and to provide training in CBT-informed skills and strategies for this population.

This 2-day in-person workshop will consist of lecture, audio and video presentation, and behavioral rehearsals. Following this training, trainees will be able to:

  • Articulate the rationale and primary goals associated with CBTp
  • Understand the fundamental principles of CBTp and associated stylistic and structural components
  • Develop knowledge of psychoeducation, cognitive skills, behavioral principles, and guided CBTp self-help
  • Use CBTp-informed strategies to reduce distress and disability associated with psychosis
  • Access high-quality resources for patients and families, as well as for additional self-guided learning of CBTp

About the Trainers:

Dr. Jessica Maura, PhD is a Senior Fellow in Psychosis Treatment and Recovery in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and completed an APA accredited internship from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. Her research has focused primarily on the impact that culture and other psychosocial factors have on the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, as well as examining the efficacy of culturally adapted interventions for schizophrenia.

Shannon Stewart, LMHC, is currently providing training and consultation for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) project. She received her Master’s in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Prior to joining the UW Psychiatry Department, she worked on Harborview’s First Episode Psychosis (FEP) team providing early intervention evidence-based treatment to individuals navigating the onset of psychotic disorders, as well as provided CBTp treatment and provider consultation to support individuals experiencing serious mental illness (SMI).  In addition to her focus on CBTp, she has significant experience delivering evidence-based employment support services which focus on transitioning individuals experiencing SMI back to meaningful community employment.

DATES: June 11 & 12, 2020, 9:00am-4:30pm

COST: Due to a generous grant, this training is free for all interested.

LOCATION: Watertown Hotel, 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (link:

The Watertown Hotel has offered a block of rooms available to training participants for $257/ night.   Please make your reservation online at CBTp for Mental Health Care Provider ( Be sure to reference online booking code CBTPMHEALTH24WA.
You can also make your reservation by phone at 866-866-7977 or by email at

CE Information

The University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (PBSCI)
will apply to the Washington State Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  PBSCI has allocated 12 hours of training for this activity.

All Others
The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-650, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-12-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

PBSCI has allocated 12 hours of training for this activity.

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