This course will cover key principals that underlie CBTp and is beneficial to both licensed clinicians working towards accreditation in CBTp and to front line staff looking to increase their knowledge and skills in working with psychosis. By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Summarize the evidence base for CBT for psychosis, including key critiques

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

  • Demonstrate increased empathy for voice hearing and delusions by applying at least one empathy generating exercise

  • Describe the concept of “working within a delusional belief system” and be able to recite one reason why we do it

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    What is psychosis?

    • Module 1: what is psychosis?

    • What is psychosis? Discussion

    • What is psychosis?

    • What is psychosis

    • Which DSM diagnoses include psychosis?

    • Which DSM diagnoses include psychosis?

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • What is Psychosis? - Evaluation Quiz

  • 3

    Delusions (strongly held beliefs) on a continuum

    • Module 2: strongly held beliefs exist on a continuum

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Quiz instructions

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Quiz

    • Plausibility of Beliefs Discussion

    • 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

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Strongly held beliefs on a Spectrum - Evaluation Quiz

  • 4

    Hallucinations are also part of normal human experience

    • Module 3: Hallucinations are also part of normal human experience

    • Voices simulation

    • Evidence base

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Evidence Base - Evaluation Quiz

    • Feedback voice simulation

    • Prevalence of voice hearing

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Voices Evaluation Quiz

  • 5

    Empathy

    • Module 4: empathy enhancement

    • Key points on empathy

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Empathy - Evaluation Quiz

  • 6

    Working within the belief system

    • Module 5: 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

    • Pre-quiz Survey

    • Working within the Belief System -Evaluation Quiz

  • 7

    Next Steps...

    • Fair Use Disclaimer

    • Financial disclosure

    • Attestation of completion by self

    • Feedback evaluation instructions

    • Feedback evaluation

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

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    • References