CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach

You may have noticed many of the following problems with mainstream approaches to treatment for psychosis:
  • Despite words spoken about “recovery,” there is a lack of information about how people can help themselves recover, or how psychological approaches might assist with recovery.
  • The focus seems stuck on providing medication and distraction techniques, even when those methods aren’t working
  • Mental health workers avoid or are afraid of talking to people about the details of their “psychotic” experiences. This may be because of not knowing how, or fear of making the psychosis worse.
  • People continue to be told that psychotic disorders like schizophrenia are brain illnesses mostly or entirely unrelated to life experiences. This occurs despite ever more research showing links between child abuse and other traumas, and these diagnoses.
It doesn’t have to be this way!  CBT for Psychosis is an evidence based, trauma informed method that will help you to:
  • Confidently collaborate with people in exploring even bewildering and distressing experiences. Help people develop their own perspective and their own solutions rather than telling them what to think
  • Reduce fear of psychotic experiences, and build hope for coping and for recovery. using the CBT approach called “normalizing”
  • Work with people to develop a coherent story or individualized formulation of what led to psychotic difficulties. This can then guide efforts toward recovery
  • Discover psychological strategies which can be helpful for a broad range of “psychotic” experiences such as paranoia, hearing voices or other “hallucinatory” experiences, delusional or disorganized thinking, and “negative symptoms.”
Learning CBT for psychosis (starting with this seminar) can bring a sense of hope, vitality, and excitement to your work! You will be able to help people focus on developing perspectives and skills that give them a real chance to recover.
The seminar incorporates video demonstrations of this approach.
 For information about CE credits (available to many professionals in the US), please check the list at the bottom of this page to make sure that your profession, in your state, is among those for whom credit is available

The regular price for this course is $159.99, but you can register for a substantial discount at this link.

(You can also use this same link to access some free preview videos, including instruction on how to use the CBT method called “normalizing” which helps people make sense of their experiences, and reduces “fear of madness.”)


  • “Thank you! My perspective on psychosis has changed. I was trained in the psychiatric/medical model and I now see psychosis in a different light!”
  • “Being a therapist and supervisor who wants to expose other therapists and students to CBTp, this is a great place to start. Ron describes and explains the elements of person-centered psychotherapy and CBTp quite well, giving a good foundation for interested students and practitioners to build upon…… Nicely done.”
  • “Meaty exceptional material, very engaging and enjoyable. I have had some CBT training but this is by far the best approach that is person centered and offers real promise in being helpful! I actually looked forward to each lecture with a sense of anticipation and discovery.”
  • “Ron Unger provides an insightful and multi-dimensional view of working from a cognitive behavioral perspective with those who struggle with strained reasoning and or serious “mental illness”. He provides clear interventions from the CBT perspective and the role playing videos are helpful and entertaining. Highly recommended to all interested in helping people “RECOVER”!”

5 hours of Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Remember that even after you complete the course, you can go back and review any of the videos or other material as often as you like, with no time limit.

I hope you do go to this link to access the free preview videos, and, then perhaps to register at a substantial discount!