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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) comes to Sound!

The University of Washington recently enrolled 10 Sound providers in their evidence-based training program on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The effort, funded by the Health Care Authority, is part of a multi-phase CBTp implementation effort that will ultimately lead to CBTp group therapy and individual therapy across multiple Sound locations. Sound now joins agencies across the state as a CBTp Provider Agency.

“This (the August CBTp 2-day training) has been the most direct, evidence-based training on psychosis I’ve ever had through school and actual work. And to add, we’ve never really heard much outside of managing symptoms, avoiding crisis, and taking medication, and this really made psychosis seem treatable in the way we see depression or anxiety. I really feel confident in CBTp.”

Quote from Sound CBTp clinician following training

What is CBTp?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is a time-limited structured form of talk therapy that is indicated for individuals who experience distress related to psychotic symptoms. CBTp is not a new intervention. In fact, its evidence base spans over 30 years, and it has been studied in more than 50 randomized clinical trials, more than a dozen meta-analyses, and 4 systematic reviews. It helps individuals become aware of their thoughts and behaviors, with a focus on exploring how these impact their emotions. Treatment is collaborative, exploratory, and normalizing. CBTp postulates that psychotic experiences can be quite understandable when time is given to understand the individual and psychotic symptoms are explored in detail. Within the CBTp model, recovery is not only viewed as possible, but expected.

“Clients are coming to us because they are in distress, some of them are so scared, isolated, and lonely; if we can truly utilize these tools and teach them the skills to be able to work through those experiences and get back on track with their lives and living in the way they want to, that is an incredible thing to try to offer.”

Quote from Sound CBTp clinician following training

Who should be referred for CBTp treatment?

CBTp is intended for individuals who meet criteria for a primary psychotic disorder including: Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform, Schizoaffective, Specified and Unspecified Other Psychotic Disorder, or Delusional Disorder. Diagnostic insight and sobriety are NOT requirements for participating in or benefiting from CBTp treatment.

Why should I refer my client who experiences psychosis?

CBTp is recommended by national psychosis treatment guidelines in the US. Unfortunately, according to recent estimates, only 0.1% of all licensed clinicians in the United States are trained in CBTp. This has contributed to a gross lack of access to evidence-based care. By referring your clients to a CBTp-trained practitioner at Sound, we can better align the standard of care in our state with national practice guidelines.

Who in my agency has been trained?

Put your hands together for your colleagues who are learning to deliver CBT for psychosis to Sound clients!

From the Wallingford Sound location:

Greg Osberg, Lindsey Goodman, Vinnu Komanapalli, Kristie Weisert

From the Capitol Hill Sound locations:

Katie Padgett (Forensics), Francesca Criscione (Forensics), Sydney Miller

From the Lake City Sound location

Whitney Dahl, Cassandra Thorpe, Gina Brahy

Each practitioner has already completed an asynchronous learning course and a live 2-day virtual training, and their consultation period with the University of Washington CBTp Implementation Team is underway.


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