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A Training for Relatives and Friends in CBT-Informed Skills for Psychosis
When people develop a serious mental health condition, the stress related to coping with the illness, a new diagnosis, and getting the right care can be overwhelming for those affected as well for their family members. Family members and other loved ones play a critical role in recovery from psychotic disorders, but oftentimes they don’t know how to be supportive, are unsure of what words to use, and are ill-equipped to help.
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Psychosis REACH Training: October 15-16, 2020
Psychosis REACH is a free, two-day training that offers concrete, evidence-based skills for relatives and friends of individuals with psychotic disorders to better care for and relate to their loved ones. It takes a proven psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and modifies it to the needs of caregivers. Participants will learn:
- Normalizing and making sense of psychosis
- Evidence-based coping strategies
- Key caring principles
- Communication practices
- Working with medication
- Relapse prevention strategies
NOTE: This year's Psychosis REACH training will take place virtually across two 3-4 hour days. The training will consist of pre-recorded videos, live stream videos, and virtual breakout groups allowing participants to connect with each other and share resources.
About the Trainers/Facilitators:
Douglas Turkington is a Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at Newcastle University, UK. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy based at Philadelphia, USA. He originally worked as a general psychiatrist specializing in psychotic disorders and then as a liaison psychiatrist with an interest in suicide prevention and the psychoses linked to epilepsy. In 1990, along with Professor Kingdon, he developed and piloted a normalizing treatment with allied CBT techniques for use with schizophrenia.
Recently published books include: a manual describing how to include compassion based therapy, mindfulness and ACT within the cognitive model and a book on cultural aspects of CBT for psychosis.
Currently he is working on the linguistics of thought disorder and voice hearing and on developing and implementing CBT informed caring for schizophrenia with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.