CBT for Psychosis: A recovery focused approach

Alison Brabban
Alison Brabban, National Clinical Advisor for SMI (IAPT), Recovery Lead, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer, Durham University

There are many misconceptions about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp).  Many erroneously believe  that this intervention is about eliminating ‘symptoms’ of psychosis or getting service users to ‘think correctly’.   The reality is that CBTp, when delivered as it is intended, is focused on helping people to achieve their own personal goals - with or without psychotic experiences.  This workshop is for those who are new to or are relatively inexperienced in CBT for Psychosis.  It will cover the theoretical underpinnings of CBTp  as well as some of the core elements of  therapy.  By the end of the day, participants will not be qualified as CBTp practitoners but should have a good understanding of what is involved (and what is not involved) in delivering this therapy and how CBTp when delivered appropriately can support individuals towards their own personal recovery.

Dr Alison Brabban

Alison qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990 and since then has specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis. She feels passionately that everyone experiencing psychosis should have access to psychological therapies and aims to achieve this ambition in her role as the National Advisor for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme within NHS England.   Alison also works as the lead for Recovery in TEWV (an NHS Trust in the North East of England) and as a clinician in the local Early Intervention in Psychosis service. Alison was part of the UK’s Schizophrenia Commission and was also involved in the development of the recent update of the NICE guideline for schizophrenia and psychosis.