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CBT for Psychosis

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Hope that this is OK to post here - looks like an interesting course -

https://www.udemy.com/cbt-for-psychosis/

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. Psychotic experiences are conceptualized as being understandable in relationship to an individual's life story, and capable of being altered when people experiment with different ways of thinking and behaving. Learn how to collaborate with people having these experiences, “exploring the evidence" rather than imposing beliefs, and developing coping options so people are not forced to rely entirely on the often limited effectiveness of medication to address problems.

The course starts by examining the nature of psychosis and CBT, providing a foundation for understanding how CBT can be helpful. Then the basic style of CBT for psychosis is introduced, followed by an introduction to two of the most important techniques. Finally, applications of CBT are explored for some of the main problem areas, such as hearing distressing voices, paranoia, delusional beliefs, disorganization, and negative symptoms.

Included in the course are video lectures, slides with some diagrams, video demonstrations of CBT for psychosis being practiced, and links to additional resources for further study.

CBT for psychosis uses a minimal amount of jargon, and the concepts and practices tend to be easily understandable.

The course will take 5 hours to complete.

5 hours of continuing education credits are available for social workers, psychologists, and nurses in the US, and also for licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists is some states in the US. (See the “What am I going to get from taking this course" section for more details on those.)
 
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JS just came in and saw me looking at this thread, got a bit excited seeing the letters of the CBT, because in gaming it refers to a CLOSED BETA TEST and not cognitive behavioural therapy. Got a giggle out of it, him thinking I was gaming instead of on the forum. he he he.
 
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What do you think of the course Gajolene? In helping to work with people in/through psychosis?

This is a good guide as well -

Tamasin Knight: Beyond Belief - Alternative Ways of Working with Delusions, Obsessions and Unusual Experiences. pdf-ISBN 978-3-925931-54-3, EPUB-ISBN 978-0-9545428-2-5, MOBI-ISBN 978-0-9545428-7-0

An interview with Tamasin Knight here -

http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-beyond-belief-tamasin-knight/

How do we respond to bizarre beliefs like CIA brain chips, abduction by aliens, hearing voices, spirit possession, or telepathy? Is respect for a different reality “colluding” with a delusion? Or is there meaning in madness?

Medical doctor Tamasin Knight was hospitalized for delusions, and went on to write the practical guidebook Beyond Belief: Alternative Ways of Working with Delusions, Obsessions and Unusual Experiences
 
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I'm sad you have to pay on it, there was another one free online that was pretty comprehensive, I'm trying to think of the link but I'm super tired at 3:30 and just about to turn in. I used to post about it here quite a bit, I've lost the link with my old computer, will try to see if I can find it.
CBT was minimally helpfull for me in therapy, REBT I got the most benefit from similar but not as memory invasive as CBT or DBT but those were guided by psychologists not the self help variety. But then it is known that it doesn't work well for people with complex PTSD.

Must say I did do the online one first before going in to see any professionals. If anything it opened the door to area's of myself that had been locked away for many years emotionally and highlighted a lot of maladaptive coping mechanisms at the time.

Found it. https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/moodgym/workbook/contents
I liked this one, one of several I tried, this one isn't overwhelming.
I still use some mindfullness techniques
 
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From what I know it really divides opinion between the likes of Daniel Freeman and Peter Kinderman etc who swear by its therapeutic value and the likes of Keith Laws that argue it's of little value in treating psychosis.
 
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From what I know it really divides opinion between the likes of Daniel Freeman and Peter Kinderman etc who swear by its therapeutic value and the likes of Keith Laws that argue it's of little value in treating psychosis.
Broader perspective it's all age old arguments/polemics.
 
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To my understanding there exists the viable/comprehensive alternatives (& always have done, we did OK with Shamanism for some 70,000 years). More recently, Jung, Soteria, Diabasis, Open Dialogue, Windhorse, i-ward, CooperRiis, etc (many others) – Lots of people have pioneered more humane alternatives. i would think an integral bio/psycho/social/spiritual view could be adopted that took into account each case on an individual basis, & that offered the most appropriate care/support. i don’t think this would be difficult, but it does require social/political will – it requires people being interested in it all.

Jung – Symbols of Transformation (Collected works 5).
Anton T Boisen – The Exploration of the Inner World.
John Weir Perry – The far side of madness & trials of the visionary mind.
John Watkins – Unshrinking Psychosis.
Schizophrenia: The Positive Perspective: Explorations at the Outer Reaches of Human Experience - Chadwick, Peter

“Although out reach and crisis services are needed, without a 24/7 front end system sanctuary like Soteria, CooperRiis, Diabasis House, the Open Dialogue or the sanctuary – folks don’t have a chance to avoid having their potentially transformative psychosis being aborted with medications and a Schizophrenic diagnosis being laid on them for the rest of their lives. Loren Mosher on alternative approaches to psychosis, was agreed that all the sanctuaries like Laing’s Kingsley Hall, John Weir Perry’s Diabasis House, Soteria, Burch House, Windhorse, the Agnews Project. And the med free, no restraints, no diagnosis, open door Ward sanctuary; plus the Euorpean and Scandanavian Open Dialogue places- well they ALL basically do the same thing. They provide the necessary and sufficient conditions for a person to go through a psychotic process and come out the other side-’Weller than well’- as Karl Menninger famously said. By being held in the healing crucible of a caring, open hearted setting, the psyche naturally sets it’s own course and heals from the early wounds that made a dramatic psychosis renewal necessary in the first place. If instead, a person is labelled as having a diseased brain and medicated into emotional numbness and submission, then the energy and power and symbolic expression of the purposive psychosis simply falls back into the unconscious. Then whenever a loss or trauma happens, the person de-compensates into an ever more amorphous emotional and fragmented daze of so-called chronic psychosis where renewal and healing is far more difficult.”

The life conclusion of the greatest psychiatrist/psychologist that has ever lived & probably the greatest humanitarian of the last Century -

“I have now, after long practical experience, come to hold the view that the psychogenic causation of the disease is more probable than the toxic [physico-chemical] causation. There are a number of mild and ephemeral but manifestly schizophrenic illnesses – quite apart from the even more common latent psychoses – which begin purely psychogenically, run an equally psychological course (aside from certain presumably toxic nuances) and can be completely cured by a purely psychotherapeutic procedure. I have seen this even in severe cases”.

- Carl Jung
 
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