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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach Apr 9, 2020 Free  

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach

Ron Unger, LCSW


Provided by Family Paths (CEU Provider #62239) in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding. 

This workshop is free & open to those who work with children in the foster care system in Alameda County.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you 48 hours before the training begins. Please be sure to check your email from Eventbrite for updates. If you have any issues downloading the Zoom app or have any questions/concerns please email


Training Description

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences. These experiences are conceptualized less as “symptoms” of an underlying disorder, and more as being possibly understandable in relationship to an individual’s life story, and capable of being altered when people experiment with different ways of thinking and behaving. Learn how to collaborate with people who are experiencing psychosis, “exploring the evidence” rather than imposing beliefs, and assisting in developing coping options that support realistic hopes for a return to wellness.


Please include any requests for accommodations for disability.

Training Objectives

  • Refute misconceptions that previously discouraged attempts at psychotherapy for psychosis
  • Normalize psychotic experiences by seeing them on a continuum with other reactions to distressing circumstances 
  • Utilize a collaborative-empirical style to explore psychotic experiences and beliefs
  • Develop formulations that promote hope and provide direction
  • Engage in guided discovery of solutions to distressing psychosis-related problems
  • Integrate this psychological approach with existing treatment methods


The Trainer

Ron Unger, LCSW is a therapist, consultant and educator specializing in CBT for psychosis. He has given numerous seminars about CBT for psychosis, and the relationships between trauma 
and psychosis, always emphasizing practical and humanistic ways of working with difficulties that can too easily be perceived as being "beyond understanding."


Course Outline

9:00     Applying a CBT perspective and style in work with psychosis

10:00   Exercise applying a CBT style

10:15   Break

10:25   Normalizing psychotic experiences

11:10   Developing a formulation

12:00   Lunch

1:00     CBT approach to hearing voices, other “hallucinations”

1:40     CBT approach to paranoia

2:05     CBT approach to beliefs that appear delusional

2:30     Break

2:40     More on delusional beliefs

3:00     Working with thought disorder

3:25     Understanding and working with negative symptoms

3:35     Relapse prevention

3:45     Integrating CBT with other treatment approaches, homework


CEUs This training meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. An hour lunch break is not included in the total CEU time awarded. CEUs will be awarded in person at the end of the training. Provided by Family Paths, Provider #62239 thru CAMFT CEPA. We will be unable to provide attendees with certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of course content is missed.


Disability Accommodation Family Paths will make reasonable efforts during the training to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this training, please contact the Clinical Training Coordinator no later than 5 days before the training. The buildings where most of our trainings are conducted are wheelchair accessible and have disabled parking available. 


Cancellation Policy We do not charge for our trainings at present and space is limited. If you cannot attend we ask that you contact us as soon as possible in order to open up that seat to someone else. If training is cancelled, participants are notified via email no later than one week prior to the training if possible.  If a trainer has an emergency and notifies the training department in less than week, those registered for the training are notified as soon as possible.  Training registrants are provided the makeup date that is scheduled for the training. 


Training Grievance Policy   Family Paths is committed to providing a work/learning environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  A participant of trainings has the right to seek a remedy for a dispute or disagreement through Family Path’s policies for filing complaints/grievances for participants.  Training participants may use available informal means to have decisions reconsidered before filing a formal complaint/grievance. No retaliation of any kind shall be taken against a participant for filing a complaint/grievance. In an effort to provide the highest quality services to participants in our trainings, you are encouraged to report immediately any concerns regarding your training experience to the Clinical Training Coordinator who will provide the complaint form.  All participant complaints/grievances should be in writing (which may be in your own language) to the Clinical Training Coordinator, Family Paths,  1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite #109 Oakland, CA 94612or by email to  Once a complaint or grievance has been submitted, you can expect a response no later than ten (10) business days.  Upon receipt the Clinical Training Coordinator will conduct a formal review of the complaint/grievance and will attempt a timely resolution, taking appropriate corrective action if warranted by the investigation. If no resolution is forthcoming, or the problem is not satisfactorily resolved, the participant may direct any complaint/grievance to the Program Administrator, Family Paths’ Clinical Director.

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Family Paths

Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.

 We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability.

 We were founded as a volunteer-run 24-hour parent support hotline in 1972, and today we serve the mental health needs of children and families from offices in Oakland and Hayward. These services include a 24-hour Parent Support & Resource Hotline providing referrals to our counseling services and access to over 900 community resources from our vast database, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, parents and caregivers, and families.

Our Mission:

Family Paths strengthens family relationships
by providing mental health treatment and supportive services
with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.

Our Vision:

A safe home for every child.

Our Values:

Respect in our communications.
Integrity in our actions.
Compassion for our struggles.
Hope for the future.


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