Feb 11 - 12 2021


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



High-Yield Cognitive Behavioral Techniques for Psychosis for Psychiatric Care Providers

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis:

Treatment guidelines in the U.S. recommend that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) be used alongside pharmacological intervention in the prevention, management, and treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Unfortunately, CBTp is inaccessible to most individuals who are at risk of or who have developed a psychotic disorder. Psychiatric care providers can integrate and reinforce cognitive behavioral techniques during their clinical encounters.

Workshop Details:

The purpose of this workshop is to orient psychiatric care providers to the most recent empirical literature on the cognitive behavioral approach to treating individuals with psychotic symptoms, to introduce a recovery-oriented and culturally-aware biopsychosocial model for treating psychosis, and to provide training in high-yield skills and strategies for this population.

Following this training, trainees will be able to:

  • Articulate the rationale and primary goals associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp)
  • Understand the theoretical principles of CBTp
  • Use high-yield CBTp-informed strategies to reduce distress and disability associated with psychotic symptoms
  • Access high-quality resources for patients, families, and professionals


Please note that this training is intended for prescribers providing medication management to individuals with psychosis (e.g., psychiatrist, psychiatry resident, primary care provider, registered nurse, psychiatric nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant).

The Trainers: Dr. Sarah Kopelovich is an assistant professor in the SPIRIT lab with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She holds a Professorship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, directs the CBTp Provider Network in Washington State, and is a founding member of the North American CBT for psychosis Network. Jessica Maura, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. Dr. Maura completed her postdoctoral training in the University of Washington’s Psychosis Treatment and Recovery Fellowship, where she was trained extensively in CBTp group and individual treatment at Harborview Medical Center. She holds expertise in cultural adaptations of psychotherapeutic interventions for psychosis.

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