CBT for Schizophrenia
Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, PhD, and led by Aaron Brinen, PsyD, this experiential workshop will cover the theory, empirical basis, strategies, and interventions of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) for patients with schizophrenia. You will learn how to tailor formulations, strategies, and interventions to individuals with schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses across the course of the illness, from early-episode to chronic cases.
You’ll learn how to: connect with and engage patients, develop a conceptualization based upon the cognitive model, identify and capitalize on personal aspirations, address positive, negative, and disorganized symptoms, get patients behaviorally activated (including constructive and pleasurable activities and increased socializing with others), and work with patients who have cognitive impairments, low insight, and low motivation for treatment. At the core of the intervention is a focus on developing a cognitive formulation of any obstacles and employing guided discovery to correct maladaptive beliefs keeping the individual from progressing on his recovery path. In the workshop you will have the opportunity to review and practice formulations for hallucinations, delusions, negative symptoms and formal thought disorders.
8:45am – 4:00pm
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All trainees receive a Certificate of Workshop Attendance verifying participation in this program.
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Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia
Introduction and overview of CT Cognitive model of negative symptoms (low motivation, asociality, flat affect, alogia) Cognitive model of positive symptoms (thought disorder; hallucinations; paranoid, persecutory, control, and grandiose delusions) Conceptualizing individual clients with schizophrenia Adjusting therapy for neurocognitive deficits Talking with clients about delusions and hallucinations Adjusting therapy for low clinical insight
Engagement and Behavioral Activation Phases
Engagement of clients with schizophrenia Goal setting, achievement, and progress monitoring Activity monitoring and scheduling Graded task assignment Coping strategies Incorporating cognitive remediation and social skills training Behavioral experiments
Cognitive Change, Maintenance, and Treatment Course
Strategy and techniques for changing key beliefs in schizophrenia Maintenance phase: consolidation of skills learning and relapse prevention Structure of the session Adapting to shorter sessions Course of treatment Action plans Starting CT for schizophrenia
This course is appropriate for those with a beginner to intermediate level of knowledge in a mental health or medical field.
A doctorate or master’s degree (or equivalent degree for practitioners outside the US) in a mental health, medical, or related field is required. Participation in our Essentials of CBT online course or CBT for Depression workshop are recommended, but not required.
There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute with special rates available. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue (formerly the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West) is about a ten-minute walk from Beck Institute. The Courtyard also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon.
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