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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.

Workshop Times:

8:45am – 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

Beck Institute


Overall Objectives:


18 credits

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All trainees receive a Letter of Workshop Attendance verifying participation in this program.

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Workshop Curriculum

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

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