Research Brief: The Importance of Human Relationships, Ethics, and Recovery-Orientated Values in the Delivery of CBT for People with Psychosis

Prepared by Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an accepted evidence-based treatment aimed at reducing the distress and impairment associated with psychotic symptoms.  CBTp has been incorporated in national Canadian and United States schizophrenia treatment guidelines. It is also a mode of treatment that can sometimes be perceived by providers as lacking emphasis on human relationships, though the basis of CBT is built upon relational factors including: validation, optimism, recovery-orientated practice and collaboration.  As a result of this perception, CBTp may not be as attractive to some practitioners, resulting in fewer trained clinicians, in turn, impacting client access to this evidence based treatment.

This brief provides a summary of research to determine if CBTp is able to meet the stated needs of individuals seeking mental health services. 

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