CBT for Psychosis & Trauma & Psychosis Handouts
Below are links to a number of handouts I give out at my seminars, along with descriptions of each:
Key Points – describes some of the key features of cognitive therapy for psychosis
Resources for CBT for Psychosis – lists many books and some websites that are either directly about cognitive therapy for psychosis, or present related approaches.
Resources for trauma and psychosis – lists books, articles & websites specifically about the intersection of trauma and psychosis.
Coping with Voices List: this is a collection of coping ideas people have used for voices.
Spectrum of Voices: This handout describes the continuum between “normal thoughts” and “voices,” by listing a variety of intermediate phenomena, from intrusive thoughts to “channeling.”
Stories of kids and voices: Some short case examples offering hope to anyone working with kids. Note the key intervention is just to get the kids to use their imagination in a positive way to counter troublesome voices.
How can we tell whether our suspicious thoughts are justified: A great one page handout encouraging more thoughtfulness about suspicious thoughts (paranoia)!
Common misconceptions: this handout compares common or traditional beliefs about schizophrenia and psychosis with the cognitive therapy perspective.
Safety Behavior Comparison: This handout shows how the current approach to neuroleptics is based on the same kind of faulty logic as that used by many people with psychological problems: the system focuses on short term benefit while ignoring long term problems.
Participatory Approach Neuroleptics: This article explains why a new approach to neuroleptic (“antipsychotic”) medication is needed, and then describes some features of a new approach.
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs is written to help consumers compare risks of staying on psychiatric drugs with the risks of reducing or getting off them, and then to provide information for those who may choose to attempt to reduce or discontinue the drugs.
How I tamed the voices in my head: An article, including a good case example, that explains some new perspectives on voice hearing.
The Mad Doctor Rufus May: this is an inspiring story of a once “hopeless schizophrenic” who ignored the doom-sayers, became a PhD psychologist and now an international leader in alternative approaches.
Diagram on healthy emotions: This handout illustrates a middle way between being either being dominated by or attempting to block out, both emotions and voices.
A fairly recent article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:365-373, March 2006 was written by two of the leaders in the cognitive therapy for psychosis field, introducing the method to an American audience.
Paranoia: the website. Lots of information, personal experiences, and coping ideas.
Fidelity with cognivite therapy for psychosis: This is a fidelity scale for use with cognitive therapy for psychosis.