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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is a structured talk therapy that aims to reduce distress associated with symptoms of psychosis. As with CBT for other types of problems, CBTp focuses on the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.

Treatment guidelines for schizophrenia spectrum disorders in the US recommend CBTp as an adjunctive to pharmacologic interventions. Yet CBTp has failed to be consistently incorporated into the standard of care for individuals with psychosis in the US. In fact, fewer than 1% of Americans with a psychotic disorder are presumed to have access to CBTp. Psychiatric Care Providers can enhance the accessibility of cognitive behavioral techniques for psychotic symptoms by abiding by CBTp core principles and incorporating key strategies into their sessions. In addition, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners can wield influence in the systems of care in which they operate by advocating for broader access to this treatment.

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 biopsychosocial model for treating psychosis, and to provide training in high-yield skills and strategies for this population.

This two-day in-person workshop will consist of lecture, audio and video presentation, and role play demonstrations. Following this training, you 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 psychosis
  • Access high-quality resources for patients, families, and additional self-guided learning of Cognitive BehavioralTherapy for psychosis.
  • Advocate for CBTp in your care settings and know where to access further training resources.


About the Trainers

Dr. Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kopelovich is an Assistant Professor in the department and holds a Professorship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis. She regularly conducts workshops, seminars, and professional consultation across the country for an array of mental health professionals in CBT for psychosis; Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy; Individual Resiliency Training for First Episode Psychosis; Assertive Community Treatment; and diagnostic, suicide, and violence risk assessment.

Dr. Jessica Maura, PhD is a Senior Fellow in Psychosis Treatment and Recovery in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and completed an APA accredited internship from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. Her research has focused primarily on the impact that culture and other psychosocial factors have on the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, as well as examining the efficacy of culturally adapted interventions for schizophrenia.


Date and Location:

DATES: February 13 & 14, 2020, 9:00am-4:30pm

COST: $300 per person (Includes lunch and CME)
(Fees are waived for UW faculty, staff, trainees, and currently enrolled students)

LOCATION: Waterfront Activities Center,
3710 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195


CE Information

Physicians & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners:

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Please note that this training is intended for individuals who are preparing to, or who currently prescribe medications to individuals experiencing psychosis (e.g. psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, nurse practitioners).

If you do not prescribe medications, but would still like to participate in a workshop tailored to training mental health providers in CBTp-informed skills, there will be another available training on June 11th and 12th. If you are interested in this training please email jblank3@uw.edu to be added to the pre-registration list.