Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp)
Preparing for training in CBTp or CBTp informed interventions
Both of these training models include an initial training preparation period that involves consultation with key stakeholders to ensure that the training materials fit the needs of the service and clinicians. During this consultation different potential modules will be discussed and incorporated into the training plan as needed. For example, modules may include:
- Review of basic CBT skills
- Working with anxiety and depression
- Attenuated psychotic symptoms
- Incorporating families into treatment
- Addressing trauma
- Working with systematized delusions
- Team based formulation
- Group CBTp approaches
It is important that clinicians who are engaged in the training are aware of the time and clinical commitment to the training. We can assist with discussions regarding organizational readiness and identification of appropriate staff members to participate in the training to ensure training is utilized in an effective manner.
Example scenarios for training in the different models
Scenario 1: CBTp Informed Skills
An early psychosis team consisting of a team leader, 2 case managers, a nurse practitioner, and a Supported Education and Employment Specialist. The case managers predominantly meet with their clients in the community and provide support around social and functional needs. However, they have highlighted the need for additional skills in addressing psychotic symptoms and understanding triggers for these symptoms and how the symptoms are maintained. None of the team members offer ongoing therapy and all clinical encounters are done in the community.
Scenario 2: Formulation Driven CBTp
A Clinical High Risk for psychosis (CHRp) service consisting of a psychiatrist, 4 therapists, a case manager, peer specialist and occupational therapist. The whole team attend a three-day training focusing on formulation and interventions specific to CHRp and the four therapists proceed to weekly consultation and tape review to ensure they are able to deliver CBTp to competence. Other team members join the weekly case consultation calls to engage in clinical case discussion and to coordinate around how best to support the client from a team perspective.
Scenario 3: CBTp informed skills and Formulation driven CBTp hybrid
Three fully staffed community mental health teams attend a five day training covering CBTp informed skills and formulation driven CBTp. The five days are arranged so that the whole team is present for the first (orientation) and last day of training (discussion of integration of skills across the team) while days 2-4 are broken out into two different sub trainings with therapy staff attending the Formulation Driven CBTp and non-therapy staff attending the CBTp skills training. Following the training all staff attend the weekly consultation calls arranged by team allowing for full team integration of the model and case conceptualization across different professions.
Current and past training contracts in these models include:
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Department of State Hospitals
- Michigan State/Network 180
- Contra Costa County Behavioral Health
- Santa Clara County Behavioral Health
- Stanford Health Care Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
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"Katie has provided me the most thorough consultation that I have experienced. I am really understanding the essence of CBTp and recognizing how beneficial it has been for me in my work with my clients. Katie's feedback has been clear, concise, timely and validating. She challenges me in a way that makes me feel safe to do so in front of my colleagues and is creative with her walking me through each step and providing insightful possibilities for interventions that keep me, my client and the model in mind. One of my biggest values in life is growth- personal and professional. CBTp through Stanford U and specifically Katie have been so helpful in that endeavor to grow professionally. I have even been able to incorporate some of these skills into my own personal life, which has been very helpful to me in knowing somewhat what it feels like to be on the other side. I'm enjoying this process!"
Janitzia Rodriguez, Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services
"Kate worked with us to develop a realistic CBTp training proposal for our organization, which was sensitive to our needs, the range of therapist ability, and our longer term aim of being independent and able to train our own therapists in CBTp. During our first contract period she provided excellent consultation to our leadership group. Her 3 day training was accessible, engaging and thorough, laying foundations for CBTp competency. During weekly consultation meetings trainee CBTp therapists appreciated her ability to support their work with individual clients, including her creativity when they encountered challenges, her expert guidance, encouragement and kindness. We have renewed our contract for a second phase and look forward to ongoing work with Kate!"
Helen Wood, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
"CBTp consultation has been an invaluable tool when it comes to mastering my CBTp technique. First Hope hosted a 3-day training and paired that with a year of subsequent consultation calls. This process has enabled me to take my previous experience with CBT and really focus on the mastery of the different components. Katie was very thorough with her feedback on my sessions and gave specific examples and real-world approaches to apply CBTp in a clinical setting."
- Brandon Frazier LMFT. First Hope
"Onsite training for the Kickstart team on CBT for psychosis was an excellent experience. It allowed those who have participated in previous CBTp trainings to be refreshed while newer staff were able to explore different forms of interventions to use with their clients. The interventions we learned not only allowed each training participant to further understand what direction to take with their clients, but it encouraged further case conceptualization as a team. Having these discussions as a Kickstart team will allow us to strengthen our communication and understanding of a case, and how to apply all of our strengths to help an individual progress in treatment."
Michael Garrett, Kickstart Program, San Diego
"Training and consultation with Kate Hardy has helped me to hone specific skills that CBTp values, such as collaboration, goal setting, and reducing distress through supporting patient’s personalized meaning making of their experiences."
Shoshana Green, UCSF