Online material goes live (and registration closes) February 3rd 2022

Live webinar dates: March 3rd, 17th, and 31st 2022
1pm-4:30pm EST Via Zoom Webinar

I am transitioning my CBT for FEP training to a new format. It will now consist of material to work through online, on-demand, plus three live 3-hour webinars to consolidate this material with experiential exercises. This will help maximize learning and minimize zoom fatigue.


15 APA CE credits or 15 NYSED psychologist contact hours or 15 NYSED SW contact hours are available on completion of this hybrid course, with passing grade. No partial credit can be awarded. It is each participants' responsibility to determine which type of CE credits or contact hours are acceptable to their own licensure board.

CBT for FEP Training

This 15 hour training which includes online, on-demand and live webinar material is designed for clinicians working in Early Intervention or First Episode Psychosis Services. CBT for psychosis (CBTp) is an evidence-based treatment, commonly available in Europe, and recommended by best practice guidelines in both the US and the UK in the early intervention for psychosis.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1. Describe what is psychosis, listing typical symptoms and possible diagnoses that include these

2. Summarize the evidence base for CBT for psychosis, including key critiques

3. Summarize the ABC model of CBT

4. Explain the concepts of delusions and voice hearing as part of the spectrum of normal human experience

5. Demonstrate increased empathy for psychosis by applying at least one empathy generating exercises

6. Describe the concept of “working within a delusional belief system” and be able to recite both one reason why we do it and one technique how we do it

7. Demonstrate the concept of normalizing

8. Set operationalized, patient-centered goals to track progress over time and utilize empirically supported measures to track change

9. List at least five examples of ‘curious questions’

10. Demonstrate how to pull relevant information together into a CBT formulation

11. Summarize the concept of coping skills enhancement

12. Demonstrate interventions for beliefs about voices

13. Differentiate between the three different types of delusions

14. List three ways of generating alternative explanations for delusions

15. Describe the role of homework or action plans in cognitive behavioral skills building

Successful completion to be awarded CE credits

In order to successfully complete this online training and be eligible for CE credits participants must:

  • Review the material from all 14 modules

  • Watch every slide and video to the end

  • Complete all quizzes and evaluations

  • Post comments to discussion where requested

  • Score 75% or higher for evaluation quizzes (maximum 3 attempts)

  • Complete and submit the Continuing Education evaluation and feedback form at the end of the workshop

Course curriculum

  1. 1
  2. 2
    • What is psychosis?

    • What is psychosis? Discussion

    • What is psychosis?

    • Which DSM diagnoses include psychosis?

    • Which DSM diagnoses include psychosis?

    • Test yourself so far - What is psychosis?

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • What is Psychosis - Evaluation Quiz

    • Evidence base

    • Test yourself so far - Evidence base

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Evidence Base - Evaluation Quiz

    • The CBT model

    • ABCs

    • The CBT triangle

    • Is it a thought or a feeling? learning quiz

    • Is it a thought or a feeling?

    • Test yourself so far - the cognitive model

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • The Cognitive Model - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  3. 3
    • Strongly held beliefs exist on a continuum

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Exercise instructions

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Exercise

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Discussion

    • How common are so called unusual beliefs? Gallup & Newport (1991) Exercise instructions

    • How common are so called unusual beliefs? Gallup & Newport (1991)

    • What did you use to determine your answers for the last quiz?

    • Strongly held beliefs on a continuum

    • Test yourself so far - Strongly held beliefs

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Strongly Held Beliefs - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  4. 4
    • Hallucinations are also part of normal human experience

    • Voices simulation

    • Trail running for beginners

    • Test yourself so far - Trail running for beginners

    • Feedback voice simulation

    • Prevalence of voice hearing

    • Test yourself so far - Voices

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Voices - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  5. 5
    • Empathy enhancement

    • Key points on empathy

    • How to express empathy practice quiz

    • Test yourself so far - Empathy

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Empathy - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  6. 6
    • Working within the belief system

    • Working within the clients belief system

    • Clip 1

    • Lessons from clip 1

    • Clip 2

    • Lessons from clip 2

    • Clip 3

    • Lessons from clip 3

    • Video feedback

    • Why do we work within the belief system?

    • Thoughts about the concept of Working within the belief system

    • How do we work within the belief system?

    • Don’t assume symptom is part of “illness”

    • Suspend disbelief quiz

    • Answering the question "do you believe me?"

    • More on the how

    • Is this colluding, challenging or working within the belief system? Quiz

    • Update to answering the question "do you believe me?"

    • Test yourself so far - working within the belief system

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Working Within Belief System - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  7. 7
    • Normalizing

    • How do we normalize

    • Normalizing video

    • Normalizing video quiz

    • Normalizing video discussion

    • Normalizing individual exercise

    • Test yourself so far - Normalizing

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Normalizing - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  8. 8
    • Goal setting

    • Goal setting

    • Goal setting video

    • Goal setting video quiz

    • Goal setting video discussion

    • Test yourself so far - Goal setting

    • Follow along case example

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Goal Setting - Evaluation Quiz

  9. 9
    • Assessment - being curious with our questions

    • How to ask curious questions

    • Cognitive assessment of voices

    • Chadwick's Cognitive Assessment of Voices

    • Curious questions voices assessment video

    • Curious questions voices assessment video quiz

    • Curious questions voices assessment discussion

    • BAVQ-R measure

    • BAVQ-R paper

    • Test yourself so far - Curious questions

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Curious Questions - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  10. 10
    • Guided Discovery & Socratic Questioning

    • Guided discovery & socratic questioning

    • Guided discovery sketch

    • Guided discovery sketch quiz

    • Guided discovery approach discussion

    • Guided discovery quiz instructions

    • Guided discovery quiz

    • Columbo technique

    • Columbo Tries To Trick A Surgeon _ Columbo

    • Test yourself so far Guided Discovery

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Guided Discovery - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  11. 11
    • How to access the live Webinar

    • CBT for FEP Live Webinar 1

  12. 12
    • Formulation

    • What is formulation?

    • ABCs mini formulation

  13. 13
    • Intervention for Voices Part I: coping strategy enhancement

    • Interventions for voices

    • Coping strategies for voices

    • Look-point-name demonstration

    • Test yourself so far - coping strategy enhancement

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Coping Skills Enhancement - Evaluation Quiz

    • Coping-skills-flyer

    • Coping_Voices Poster

    • look point name handout

  14. 14
    • How to access the live Webinar

    • CBT for FEP Live Webinar 2

  15. 15
    • Interventions for Voices part II: Beleifs about Voices

    • Interventions for voices

    • Why beliefs about voices are so crucial

    • How to work with beliefs about voices

    • Beliefs about voices video

    • Beliefs about voices video quiz

    • Beliefs about voices video discussion

    • Voices measures

    • Voice Diary

    • Voices profile

    • Test yourself so far - interventions for voices

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Interventions for Voices - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  16. 16
    • Interventions for delusions

    • Which type of delusion?

    • How to tell if the client has wiggle room

    • Follow along case example

    • No wiggle room

    • Passengers On A Bus an Acceptance Commitment Therapy ACT Metaphor

    • Discussion Passengers on the Bus video

    • No wiggle room cont

    • Wiggle room

    • 3Cs

    • Examining the evidence video

    • Examining the evidence video quiz

    • Examining the evidence video discussion

    • Working with "amorphous" belief systems

    • What do we mean by "amorphous" belief system

    • Working with "amorphous" belief systems

    • Test yourself so far - interventions for delusions

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Interventions for Delusions - Evaluation Quiz

    • Follow along case example

  17. 17
    • Homework

    • Homework slides

    • Follow along case example

    • A note on session structure

    • Session structure

    • Follow along case example

    • Test yourself so far - homework and session structure

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Homework and Session Structure - Evaluation Quiz

  18. 18
    • How to access the live Webinar

    • CBT for FEP Live Webinar 3

  19. 19
    • Fair Use Disclaimer

    • Financial disclosure

    • Attestation of completion by self

    • Feedback evaluation instructions

    • Feedback evaluation

    • More resources for you

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • References


  • "Wonderful! So well done. Thanks so much for a great experience."

  • "Sally knew the material, presented it well, and made it clear."

  • "The activities were well explained and there was a good amount of practice time."

  • "Really one of the best trainings I've attended. Information is useful and well presented."

  • "I liked interventions given for folks with beliefs and asking about the evidence. It’s really helpful for me as I am newish to my current role."

  • "Exceptional training workshop! It's amazing how much you can learn about CBTp in only a few days when you are encouraged to apply and practice the training materials within the workshop. I enjoyed the practice activities that helped to round out the skills described in each section. I think that this type of engagement with the material helps to facilitate deeper learning."

  • "This training was useful because it gave lots of concrete examples and reminded me of some important principles (curious questions; avoiding adversarial challenges; examining beliefs) that I can use with my current patients."

  • "This was wonderful! Overall, I am very happy that I took this course and feel that I have a much better understanding of CBT for psychosis. It left me eager to continue my learning and growth in this area."

  • "The content was good. Good insight into distraction vs reduction."

  • "Excellent program."


Sally E. Riggs

Dr. Sally E. Riggs, DClinPsy, A-CBT, is a licensed psychologist and expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis with 20 years of experience working in this field in both London, UK and the US. She earned her Doctorate in clinical psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK in 2005, during which time she was trained in CBTp. She completed her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania, working on a pilot study for CBT for negative symptoms, and pioneering training in CBTp in community mental health agencies. She moved to NYC in 2011 and has been working in public and private healthcare settings, practicing and teaching and training mental health professionals in CBTp since this time. She has been an invited member of the Annual International CBT for Psychosis Research Meeting since 2009, and is a Founding Member and current President of the North American CBT for psychosis Network. She founded NYC CBTp in 2016, the first ever private practice dedicated to providing evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy for people with psychosis.

Financial & commercial disclosure:

Dr. Riggs and Riggs Psychology PLLC and receive no financial or commercial support for this online training, the content of this training, and gain no commercial support or benefit from endorsement of products. They also report that in the past 12 months they have had no other financial relationship with a commercial organization that produces healthcare goods or services that could be considered a conflict of interest.