Instructor: Professor Douglas Turkington, MD – Worked as a general psychiatrist specializing in psychotic disorders and then as a liaison psychiatrist with an interest in suicide prevention and psychoses linked epilepsy.
Helen Spencer – worked on a pilot study on CBT for psychosis for people that refused anti-psychotic medication which was published in psychological medicine in 2011.
Date & Time: May 16 & 17, 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Description: Schizophrenia: CBT techniques for front-line/community-based mental health workers including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and case-managers. This interactive 2 day workshop is appropriate for busy clinicians working in community mental health centers, inpatient units and rehabilitation settings with clients with schizophrenia. CBT therapist will gain experience in applying their skills to clients with schizophrenia. Expert therapists from other schools of psychotherapy may find the demonstrated models and techniques of interest. This is also appropriate as a primer session for trainee mental health professionals and students.
Attendees will be able to:
- Identify how CBT techniques for depression and anxiety can be used in schizophrenia
- Describe normalizing techniques to help reduce stigma
- Learn the key predictors of improved adherence
- Learn how to develop effective distraction techniques to reduce distress with delusions
- Differentiate those people with schizophrenia with a traumatic as compared to a biological vulnerability as they show a differential response to psychological treatments
- Learn techniques to address negative symptoms
- Develop strategies for dealing with bizarre delusional systems and maintaining the therapeutic alliance