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CBT for Psychosis & Trauma & Psychosis Handouts

Below are links to a number of handouts I give out at my seminars that focus on CBT for psychosis, and on trauma, dissociation, and psychosis, along with descriptions of each handout:

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 working with trauma, dissociation & psychosis – lists books, articles & websites specifically about the intersection of trauma, dissociation and psychosis.

Videos on CBT for Psychosis – most are demonstrations of the method

15 short videos on Engaging with Voices, using a compassion focused style.  This Self-help guide to talking with voices is a good companion to those videos.

Understanding Voices aims to be a comprehensive website that explores voices, the meaning of voices, and ways people cope.  You might also want to look at this Coping with Voices List which is a collection of ideas about how people deal with 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)!

A Guide to Minimal Use of Neuroleptics: Why and How  This publication, by German psychiatrist Volkmar Aderhold and American psychiatrist Peter Stastny, provides a thorough, evidence-based rationale for rethinking the prescribing of antipsychotics. The PDF may be downloaded for free.

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.

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.

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.

Paranoid Thoughts. Lots of information, personal experiences, and coping ideas.

ISPS lists additional resources for learning about CBT for Psychosis, as well as resources to learn about other psychosocial approachesTreating Psychosis also has its own list of resources.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out my online course on CBT for psychosis.  Once you buy it you have lifetime access to all the videos and other materials:  you can also preview part of it, including the parts that cover the key method called “normalizing,” without paying anything.

There is also an online course on Working with Trauma, Dissociation and Psychosis; CBT and Other Approaches to Understanding and Recovery

And another online course, Addressing Spiritual Issues Within Treatment for Psychosis and Bipolar. All of these online courses come with continuing education credits for many US professionals:  use the links for more information.