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CBT for Schizophrenia and Psychosis Workshops

The first of its kind in Canada, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p) training was introduced at SSO in May 2016. With the support of Dr. Turkington, a leading psychiatrist in the mental health field, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. SSO is proud to be the only organization in Canada delivering this unprecedented workshop that has demonstrated positive impact on individuals with serious mental illness and the caregivers who support them. Through role-play, multimedia demonstrations and direct coaching, the caregiver two-day workshop will use CBT-p techniques to teach caregivers effective ways to better support their loved ones. CBT-p training for front-line mental health professionals provides CBT techniques for use by professionals who are working with people living with schizophrenia or psychosis.

What is CBT-p?
CBT-p is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that is increasingly used as a therapy for serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and psychosis. CBT-p helps a person become more conscious of their beliefs and patterns of thinking. Health Quality Ontario standards for treatment of schizophrenia include CBT-p as an effective treatment in managing the symptoms of schizophrenia when used in conjunction with medication.

New research is demonstrating the benefits of learning and applying CBT-p informed caring techniques when caring for a relative with schizophrenia (Giga et al, 2017, in press). These benefits relate to caregivers improved sense of empowerment, knowledge and optimism after attending the workshops. The benefits can reduce the anxiety and depression which can be linked to caring. When these techniques are learned and used within an enhanced caring milieu, recovery in terms of social functioning can be facilitated in the person being cared for.

Who does CBT-p help?
  • Caregivers of individuals living with schizophrenia or psychosis
  • Mental health professionals
  • Front-line mental health workers 

How does CBT-p help?
By learning practical tools and strategies, caregivers will gain a sense of empowerment, optimism and will be able to reduce the anxiety and feelings of depression that can be associated with caregiver roles. Additionally, caregivers will be able to practice what they have learned and apply them to their own personal care situations.The use of CBT-p techniques tends to improve joint working, facilitate recovery and reduce the risk of burnout in mental health staff.

Caregiver Workshop Overview 
Through role play, multimedia demonstrations and direct coaching, this introductory 2-day workshop will cover a number of high-yield techniques and teach caregivers ground-breaking CBT-p skills to provide the best support they can. Workshops will cover:
  • Normailzing
  • Key Caring Principles
  • Working with medication 
  • Red flags
  • Making sense of psychosis

Mental Health Professional Workshop Overview 
This workshop, led by internationally renowned CBT for Psychosis clinical research expert from the UK, Douglas Turkington, presents CBT-p techniques for use by professionals who are working with people with schizophrenia. Workshops will include:
  • Interactive role play
  • Video clips of techniques 
  • Discussion 

In the videos below Dr. Turkington demonstrates a CBT-p session and the techniques involved. 



Contact Sheila Deighton, Regional Lead Eastern Ontario
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