Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Schizophrenia

A Recovery-Oriented Model [Specialty Workshop]

Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and led by Aaron Brinen, Psy.D., this experiential workshop will cover the theory, empirical-basis, strategies, and interventions of cognitive behavior therapy for patients with schizophrenia (both those who are higher functioning and those who are lower functioning). Topics covered will also include how to engage patients, how to develop a conceptualization based upon the cognitive model, how to plan treatment based upon goal setting, goal attainment, and tracking goal progress, how to address positive, negative, and disorganized symptoms, how to get patients behaviorally activated (including constructive and pleasurable activities and increased socializing with others), and how to work with patients who have cognitive impairments, low insight, and/or low motivation for treatment. The workshop will be a mix of information, video clips, and interactive exercises. The workshop features a special question and answer and role-play session with Dr. Aaron Beck. Participants are encouraged to prepare or have in mind cases for discussion or role-play.

[This training is geared towards certification in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and includes 18 CE/CME credits]

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Applicant Prerequisite:

Doctorate or master's degree (or equivalent degree for practioners outside of the U.S.) in a mental health, medical, or related field. Core 1 Workshop recommended.

Workshop Duration:

3 Days, Mon-Wed: 8:45am - 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

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18 credits

Workshop Curriculum:

Day 1: 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 (Hallucinations, Paranoid Delusions, Persecutory Delusions, Control Delusions, Grandiose Delusions, Thought Disorder)
  • Conceptualizing individual clients with schizophrenia
  • Adjusting therapy for neurocognitive deficits
  • Talking with clients about Delusions and Hallucinations
  • Adjusting therapy for low clinical insight
  • Experiential exercises, case presentations

Day 2: CT for Schizophrenia: 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

Day 3: CT for Schizophrenia: 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

Trainees receive a letter verifying participation in this program.


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Travel and hotel information

There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West is three walkable blocks away. The Crowne Plaza also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon. When you register for a workshop, you will be provided with information to book your room at the “Beck Institute Rate”.


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Upcoming Dates

Space is limited. Your payment, due upon acceptance, guarantees your space.

  • Apr 18–Apr 20 2016 Apply