CBTp in the Media

Advances in Cognitive Therapy Newsletter: A recent article written by Drs. Sally Riggs, Sarah Kopelovich, and Jennifer Gottlieb discussing the North American CBT for Psychosis Network was featured in the Advances in Cognitive Therapy newsletter (page 4). Click HERE to view the article.

CBTp Trainers Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D, and Sarah Kopelovich, Ph.D., recently teamed up with Drs. Doug Turkington and Maria Monroe-DeVita to launch a CBTp-informed skills training for families and caregivers in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the University of Washington and financed by philanthropic and state funding, the training reached more than 200 family members, 30 of whom are receiving follow-up consultation to further refine their familiarity and comfort with CBT skills. Dallas News recently reported on the training. [Click here for news report]

"Listen in as Dr. Sally E. Riggs introduces you to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp). Dr. Riggs shares a brief overview of CBTp; what it is, who it may help, evidence of its success, where to find it and how to talk about it with your patients." [click for podcast]

Off-hours use of a smartphone intervention extends support for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders – Most people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders recently discharged from the hospital utilized a smartphone intervention that uses a combination of CBT and illness self-management strategies targeted to address troublesome residual symptoms.  [click for article].

Virtual Reality Can Reduce Anxiety, Improve Social Interactions in Psychosis – researchers in the Netherlands found that incorporating Virtual Reality into CBT, which allowed therapists to expose their clients to stressful social stimuli in a controlled environment, reduced symptoms of anxiety and paranoid ideation [click for article].

CBT Beneficial for Depression and Anxiety in Schizophrenia – Depression and anxiety are frequently comorbid conditions in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. In examining a number of studies that used CBT interventions with patients experiencing psychosis, researchers found that CBT reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety in this patient population. This may have a carryover effect for treating psychosis, as distress from anxiety or depression can worsen psychotic symptoms [click for article].

Online CBT Effective for Insomnia, Psychosis – this large, randomized clinical trial recruited participants with insomnia to complete an online CBT course that provided various tools for managing sleep and involved an animated, “cartoon” therapist. Sleep outcomes were improved in those participants who received the intervention, and measures of paranoia and hallucinations were also significantly reduced [click for article].

What is CBT for psychosis anyway? – Clinical psychologist Dr. Lucy Maddox discusses the use and effectiveness of psychosis. She discusses how the individualized nature of CBTp can make it challenging to study, and addresses recent questions as to the efficacy of CBTp. She feels many studies on CBTp measure the wrong outcome measure by only looking at reduction in symptoms such as voices, rather than interpretation of or distress around symptoms, which can profoundly impact patients’ quality of life [click for article].

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