Programs and Services Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis Training

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis Training

About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis

SSO offers the only complete Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBT-p) skills training for professionals and caregivers in Canada. Facilitated by world-leading psychiatrist Dr. Douglas Turkington of the Insight CBT Partnership (UK) and SSO, the program offers a one-day training for professionals, a two day introductory workshop or a five day advanced caregiver workshop.

What is CBT-p?

CBT-p is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that is increasingly used as a therapy for serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and psychosis. CBT-p helps a person become more conscious of their beliefs and patterns of thinking. Health Quality Ontario standards for treatment of schizophrenia include CBT-p as an effective treatment in managing the symptoms of schizophrenia when used in conjunction with medication.

New research is demonstrating the benefits of learning and applying CBT-p informed caring techniques when caring for a relative with schizophrenia (Giga et al, 2017, in press). These benefits relate to caregivers improved sense of empowerment, knowledge and optimism after attending the workshops. The benefits can reduce the anxiety and depression which can be linked to caring. When these techniques are learned and used within an enhanced caring milieu, recovery in terms of social functioning can be facilitated in the person being cared for. 

Who does CBT-p help?
  • Caregivers of individuals living with schizophrenia or psychosis
  • Mental health professionals
  • Front-line mental health workers 
How does CBT-p help?

By learning practical tools and strategies, caregivers will gain a sense of empowerment, optimism and will be able to reduce the anxiety and feelings of depression that can be associated with caregiver roles. Additionally, caregivers will be able to practice what they have learned and apply them to their own personal care situations.The use of CBT-p techniques tends to improve joint working, facilitate recovery and reduce the risk of burnout in mental health staff. 

How to get in touch:

For more information about this program, please contact Sheila Deighton at 613-722-6521 ext. 7775,
We recently received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a special project evaluating Congnitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis as an intervention to the poverty cycle. Check back soon for more details on this work.