Psychosis REACH (Recovery by Enabling Adult Carers at Home)
What is Psychosis REACH?
Psychosis REACH is a training that offers concrete, evidence-based skills for relatives and friends of individuals with psychotic disorders to better care for and relate to their loved ones. It takes a proven psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and modifies it to the needs of caregivers.
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Want to Bring Psychosis REACH to Your Region?
We encourage you to view our Psychosis REACH training packages below and email us at psychosisREACH@uw.edu if you would like to learn more about bringing Psychosis REACH to your state or organization.
Click here to view our Psychosis REACH training packages.
2023 Training Dates:
- Friday, June 9th, 2023 (9:00am–12:00pm PT) – Registration is now closed
- Friday, September 8th, 2023 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
- Friday, December 8th, 2023 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
2024 Training Dates:
- Friday, March 8th, 2024 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
- Friday, June 7th, 2024 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
- Friday, September 13th, 2024 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
- Friday, December 13th, 2024 (9:00am–12:00pm PT)
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Psychosis REACH Training Description
We have recently adapted the Psychosis REACH model to accommodate caregivers across the United States and internationally.
The Psychosis REACH training is now 100% virtual. It consists of both on-demand training and a half-day live event. After registering, you receive immediate access to an online platform with your 5-hour self-paced e-course. You are required to complete this online course prior to the follow-up virtual live event, which will build on this course through role plays of the Psychosis REACH skills.
After registering, you will receive access to a Community Board that will connect you to other caregivers who have attended the training from around the world. You will also have access to the Psychosis REACH Resource Library with bonus content and additional resources. Finally, all caregivers who complete the Psychosis REACH course and live event are invited to connect with a UW-trained Psychosis REACH Family Ambassador. Read below to learn more about the role that Psychosis REACH Family Ambassadors play in supporting caregivers.
Watch the below video to learn more about Psychosis REACH.
Psychosis REACH Attendee Testimonials
“Being a part of a formal training like this was a blessing. Never before had this happened. I appreciated having the training as it focused on the caregivers.”
“I feel more equipped to communicate with my son when he is feeling manic. I can spot the signs earlier now and I see and say how proud I am of his efforts. I recognize that he can’t always control what he is saying but that doesn’t make what he is saying unimportant or unmeaningful. I enjoyed the training and how it has supplemented other trainings I have had.”
“Life changing. Although friends or family may notice or express this, I know I myself have changed for the better!”
“The Reach program has been invaluable to our family. Knowledge of what it means to be psychotic is no longer a subject that brings up traumatic memories. I have a better understanding that psychosis can come & go and has varying levels of degree. I also have a far better understanding of coping tools that my son can employ when he starts feeling “off.” I no longer live in fear and dread. This program has provided a link and a bridge between me and my son that I will forever be grateful for. ♥♥ Thank you.”
“CBTp therapy has positively impacted my interactions with my family member as well as my own sanity. This was able to occur within just 24 hours. It has helped me to identify that the dominant messaging that is within our society about psychosis not being treatable with anything other than medication, is false. I have heard from so many people this message along the way of trying to help my loved one, including the medical professionals. The phrase and the charge to “expect recovery” has changed my perspective and approach completely. After one day of training I was able to have an interaction with my loved one that helped create a positive restart in our relationship. This emotional connection had not occurred for months. I received hope from the evidence based information and CBTp training. This is what family members, caregivers, and especially already trained medical professionals need to embrace and learn to make a positive change within our very broken and archaic health care systems.”
“During the training program, I learned new skills for what I should do and how I should show up and be present during an episode of psychosis (in my case depressive visual and auditory hallucinations). I put those skills right to work and was able to surface many details about the experience my loved one was having and then raise “do you think, maybe…” questions that resulted in her returning to baseline and heading off to school within a few hours (rather than taking 24-48 hours). We continue to use these skills to the same degree of success in moving through these tough episodes.”
“CBTp has helped me and my family look at our communication with our loved one in a whole new light and to build on the strengths that exist in our relationship with her.”
“The CBTp REACH Course was a God-send for our family – It was like “looking thru a glass, clearly” re our son’s illness, providing ways for us to not only provide better care for him but for ourselves, his family, as well.”
“From a non-relationship fraught with estrangement and distrust to one with better connection and openness – CBTp REACH skills are helping me bridge what was a huge divide between mother and son.”
Family Ambassador Program
The SPIRIT Lab launched the Psychosis REACH Family Ambassador program in 2020. Family Ambassadors are intended to offer Psychosis REACH skills practice, emotional support, and to share their experience adopting psychosis REACH strategies with other family members and caregivers. Each trainee will have the opportunity to connect with a Family Ambassador following a training.
Family Ambassadors are family members with lived experience caring for a loved one with psychosis. They have gone through the Psychosis REACH training themselves and have seen first-hand how these skills can positively impact families’ relationships with their loved ones.
To learn more about the Family Ambassador program, including how to become a Family Ambassador, click HERE.
Donate to the Psychosis REACH Training
The SPIRIT Lab is committed to helping individuals and families who are navigating life with psychosis. Psychosis REACH was launched with donor funding, and philanthropic supports enables us to continue to provide this training to families for free or at low cost all across the globe.
To support our work, please visit https://give.uwmedicine.org/psychosisREACH and click “ADD”
The UW SPIRIT Lab is pleased to provide these resources on CBT for psychosis. Additional resources for families can be found here: Resources you can access now
Research on Psychosis REACH
The following articles evaluate the Psychosis REACH model and present on caregiver outcomes following participation in the training:
- Kopelovich, S. L., Stiles, B., Monroe-DeVita, M., Hardy, K., Hallgren, K., & Turkington, D. (2021). Psychosis REACH: Effects of a Brief CBT-Informed Training for Family and Caregivers of Individuals With Psychosis. Psychiatric Services, appi-ps.
- Turkington, D., Gega, L., Lebert, L., Douglas-Bailey, M., Rustom, N., Alberti, M., … & Naeem, F. (2018). A training model for relatives and friends in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) informed care for psychosis. Cogent Psychology, 5(1), 1497749.
Psychosis REACH in the Media
The following articles showcase the Psychosis REACH program in the media:
Schizophrenia and the Family: Learning to Communicate
Learn how the Psychosis REACH program teaches families to use CBTp skills to help foster communication with their loved ones.
How to support a loved one through psychosis
In her article, Dr. Akansha Vaswani-Bye shares how to support your loved one with psychosis and the role of Psychosis REACH in their recovery.
Family Interventions as Standard of Care
Dr. Kopelovich shared with Psycom Pro news outlet how new guidelines can help advance family-focused interventions for psychosis.
Psychosis REACH Trainers and Developers
Dr. Doug Turkington
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Dr. Kate Hardy
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Dr. Sarah Kopelovich
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Dr. Akansha Vaswani-Bye
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