Course Description

Cognitive therapy for psychosis is an effective way to reduce both the intensity of psychotic experiences and related distress and disability. Learn how to work collaboratively with clients, "explore the evidence" rather than impose beliefs, and develop options, so clients are no longer forced to rely entirely on the often limited effectiveness of medication for symptom reduction. By learning this new multi-factorial model of psychosis, you can give clients an alternative to seeing themselves as disabled by a "brain disease." This approach can benefit clients with a variety of diagnoses, including PTSD.

Current research indicates that trauma often plays a pivotal role in the development of "schizophrenia" and other psychotic disorders. Learn how to provide effective therapy to trauma survivors who also have psychotic symptoms, by integrating cognitive therapy for psychosis with other trauma therapies. By understanding the multiple pathways between trauma and psychosis, you will become able to assist your clients in developing alternative, non-psychotic explanations for difficult-to-integrate experiences. Then, by collaborating in developing life stories and perspectives which are coherent and compassionate, the stage will be set for recovery.  

Instructor: Ron Unger

Class meets 0830-1600 both days. Course is available as two day(001) or one day, F(002) or S(003).  



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